There is a long list of great reasons why someone may be vegan, and one of those reasons is ethics. It is incredibly challenging to be an ethical vegan and see all the pain and suffering of animals being sold in almost every store, whether it be through food or fashion. There are ways to be sure that you are not supporting animal cruelty, or sweatshops, when you buy your child a new pair of ethical vegan shoes.
We are well aware that leather is not vegan, as it is the dried skin of a cow, or sometimes other animal. But, did you know that many shoes are not vegan, even the non-leather ones? The glue that holds the shoe together can either be derived from boiled animal connective tissue, or a synthetic source, and this information can be very difficult to find the answer to. Purchasing from shoe companies who advertise themselves as being vegan is a great way to support a company that has great ethics in mind. Here are some great options for ethical vegan shoes for your kiddos:
Vegan Chic supports cruelty free manufacturers in China who are supervised under the Fair Labor Association. They have a nice selection of affordable, practical, cute, ethical vegan shoes for children ages 1-12.
Baby N’anya are made in a little factory in Peru, that includes women from a local prison who are participating in a healing program. These are awesome slip on baby shoes with cute animals on them, sizes from 0-24 months.
Avesu sources most of their shoes from within the European Union, and sends out their own ethical inspector to factories that may be in countries outside of the EU. Sturdy and fashionable shoes for children from newborn – pre-teens.
Corda are handmade rope sandals ethically made in Ethiopia that are extremely eco friendly and sustainable. While they don’t technically have a kids line, they do carry smaller shoes starting at size 5.
There are many more companies that sell vegan shoes, such as Toms, Livie & Luca, and Happy Little Soles, although these companies also sell non-vegan shoes. Some people prefer to purchase from completely vegan companies (such as the four described above) as much as possible, while others like to purchase vegan items from non-vegan companies, in order to help encourage them in the cruelty-free direction.
By wearing ethical vegan products you are helping to end the torture that goes on in the animal industry, and if complimented on the shoes, you are steering that person in the direction of vegan fashion!