2018 Update: We still stand by a lot of these brands for vegan, non-leather shoes and bags for the professional woman — but you may want to check out our more recent roundup of stylish vegan shoes for the office, or some of our other posts with vegan-friendly products for the professional woman.
Reader E writes in with a question about vegan, non-leather shoes and bags for professional women:
My husband and I have decided to go vegetarian for ethical reasons. Although transitioning our diets hasn’t been that difficult, I’m having a hard time figuring out a way to replace leather, especially for shoes and purses. Most of the eco-friendly companies I’ve found just don’t look professional. Any suggestions?
Judging by the comments when we last posted a vegan shoe (also, ahem, the day we forgot it was Earth Day), you are not alone in wanting to non-leather accessories. Moo Shoes in NYC is the big store we can think of (they “proudly offer the largest variety of vegan shoes and accessories in the world”); VeganChic and the UK-based Neon Collective also sell a wide range of shoes from designers. We’ve also heard good things about the brands Neuaura, Beyond Skin, olsenHaus, and Charmone. (We like the Beyond Skin Women’s Franklin Pump, pictured, available at Endless.com for $215.) You may also want to check out blog Ecouterre, which is “devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design.”
Readers, which vegan accessory lines are your favorites? If you were asked for vegan, non-leather shoes and bags for the professional woman, where would you advise him or her to go?
Incidentally — here’s a nice blog post we found while browsing — the author goes over some of damage that leather shoes can do to the environment, for those of you who are curious.