Vegetarian Society Information Sheet

Footwear & Alternatives to Leather

Some of these items originally appeared in classified ads of past issues of The Vegetarian and are provided here as a free source of information. This is not a commercial site and no payment is taken. It is not possible to say whether the information is still valid so each item is dated at the end. Inclusion of items in this list does not imply endorsement by The Vegetarian Society UK unless stated otherwise.

Non-leather shoes, jackets and accessories may be available from a variety of non-specialist shops, chain stores, and mail order catalogues. The following companies stock a range of specialist non-leather footwear, clothing and accessories.


A better Birkenstock by far…The ultimate hippie comfort shoe turned catwalk sensation is now available in a variety of vegan versions. A textile footbed liner replaces the original suede and uppers are made from Birkoflor, a synthetic alternative to leather. Prices start from around 24.95 for sandals. See the full range of styles and colours in the latest catalogue – for a copy call Freefone 0800 132194.

– The Vegetarian, Autumn 1995

Ethical Wares, 17 Townsend Road, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5ET

Tel/Fax: possibly 01929 480360 for free colour catalogue.

Mail order. “…a stunning range of outdoor and leisureware combining the finest synthetic materials with quality craftsmanship and design. Suitable for vegans, vegetarians and all those who care about the environment.”

– The Vegetarian, Summer 1996

Green Shoes, Station Road, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5HW

Tel. 01803 864997

Mail order. Catalogue available. Large range of handmade footwear for adults and children. Vegan Society approved.

“Green Shoes also offer non-leather shoes using a fabric called Lorica which is strong but soft. They have lots of bright shades to choose from in a wide range of styles. Green Soes make each pair of shoes by hand, consequently they need to either measure your feet or you need to send them a drawing of your feet!”

– The Vegetarian, Autumn 1995

Made To Last Ltd, 8 The Crescent, Hyde Park, Leeds, LS6 2NW

Tel: 01532 304983

Shop & mail order. Catalogue available. Made to order and off the shelf shoes and boots in a wide range of styles and colours. “More choice than a cow’s got!”. Handmade footwear for kids + adults in non-leather. SAE for leaflet to: Made to Last Workers Co-op.”

– The Vegetarian, Summer 1996

Moko Leatherfree, Severn House, 66 Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury Y1 2TE

Tel: 01743 233352

“Luxury without leather. Available now the stunning new non-leather range from Moko. The Collection features superb styling at a very affordable price and includes jackets, jeans, smart shoes, rugged boots, belts and bags all manufactured to the highest standard from the most advanced man made materials. Send for a brochure and details of stockists.”

– The Vegetarian, Autumn 1995

Vegetarian Shoes, 12 Gardner Street, Brighton, BN1 1UP

Tel: 01273 691913

Shop & mail order. Catalogue available. Stock large range. Include DM boots & shoes, biker style boot, safety boot, brogues and oxfords, walking boot, sandals, and women’s Meat Free Fashion range. Also stock jackets and belts. Some styles available from size 2 or 3.

“Quality footwear for vegetarians and vegans. At last vegetarians and vegans who have been unhappy wearing leather shoes and have found canvas and plastic shoes unsatisfactory, finally have a choice. These new ‘vegetarian shoes’ look and feel like supple leather but are in fact 100% man-made, – the uppers are made from a new hi-tech polyurethane, that is scuff-resistant, water-resistant and most importantly ‘breathable’ like leather. Combined with the quality comfort and durability synonymous with Doc Martens we feel we have now produced the ultimate vegetarian shoes!”

– The Vegetarian, Summer 1996

Now on the web:

Other Clothing

Hideaway Ltd.. 48 High Street, Fareham, Hants PO16 7BQ

Tel: 01329 281313. Fax 01329 281414.

High quality Vegetarian ‘suede and leather look’ ladies and menswear. Range of jackets, trousers, skirts and waistcoats. Gorgeous look and feel of leather and suede but in 100% man-made materials. Write or phone for a full colour brochure. Or see sample garments at Pretty Things, 13 High Street, Highworth, Wilts.

– The Vegetarian, Summer 1996

Kids Stuff:

Crayola Crayons themselves contain animal derived stearic acid. Silly Putty contains animal derived oleic acid.