Countless consumers have begun eliminating their animal-based diets and animal-tested personal care products in recent years. The latest trend in the move to cruelty-free lifestyles, however, involves footwear–and it’s not just a gal thing.
Increasing numbers of men are now looking for men’s vegan shoes, made from non-animal materials. Vegan Men’s shoes are available not only in a range of materials but in a range of styles. Pleather–plastic leather–replaces leather made from the skins of cattle, sheep, crocodiles, snake, kangaroos and other helpless creatures.
Flexible, durable and breathable shoes of hemp, including brand-name athletic shoes, have been on the market for several years. Hemp also shows up in waterproof hiking boots. Hemp, unlike cotton, becomes even stronger when wet. Cotton canvas nonetheless has long been popular in men’s sneakers and boat shoes.
One of the most popular materials for vegan men’s shoes is Vegetan, a synthetic fiber that looks like animal leather. Vegetan is breathable, water and scuff-resistant, and almost completely biodegradable. It cleans up easily with regular shoe polish and you can extend its life with normal leather protector.
The strongest and most water-resistant Vegetan material is Vegetan Micro. After a breaking-in period, Vegetan Micro will be as comfortable as the softest leather–and look every bit as good. The only difference will be that no animals were harmed so you could have a stylish pair of shoes or boots.
Some Vegetan fibers resemble suede, but they aren’t water-resistant. Even so, Vegetan suede makes a great cruelty-free alternative for men’s casual shoes. You can increase its water-resistance with spray-on waterproofing. Brush Vegetan suede shoes as you would ordinary suede to keep them looking their best.
If you’re a guy looking for ways to expand your animal-friendly lifestyle, why not consider clearing those leather shoes off your shoe rack and replacing them with some great-looking, comfortable and tough vegan men’s shoes?