Being kind to animals can be a whole lot more than just a vegetarian diet. You can also live a life of kindness with clothing and accessories by choosing items such as vegan shoes and bags.
With many items made from leather (animal skin), finding cruelty-free options can be tricky. All it takes is a little research and you can find some great suppliers of trendy vegan products.
When I’m out and about, I’m more a flats and comfortable shoe type of gal. While this is no means an exhaustive list, these are some of my favourite brands.
- A brand I’ve been a fan of for years is Melissa Shoes. This Brazilian company make very cutesy plastic eco-friendly shoes for ladies, girls and kids. They are fashionable, super comfortable and they smell like lollies.
I Love Billy has been around for a while but in previous years I didn’t think much of their quality or styles. That’s turned around for me as I recently discovered their contemporary range and their stylish flats are perfect for the office.
Sometimes it’s worth paying extra for a pair of good quality shoes. Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather offer sneakers, boots and sandals for men and women, with purchases shipped over from France.
Canadian company Matt & Nat create sleek, sustainable and eco-friendly handbags, backpacks, clutches and wallets. I bought a big, roomy bag years ago and because of the simple, classic design, it always looks great.
Italian brand O bag offer a simple and versatile carry bag. The body style is the same but what’s fun about the colourful bag is the number of different looks it can have. The accessories allow you to mix and match handles (rope or faux-leather) and canvas inserts to change the look for each season. They’re also waterproof and easy to clean.
Made from neoprene (wetsuit material) Prene Bags is an Australian brand with a range of light, slouchy, waterproof bags and backpacks. Each bag comes with matching purse and are named after a suburb in Melbourne, a nod to where they’re made.
What’s your favourite vegan brand for shoes or bags? Hit me up in the comments with your recommendations.
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