Thursday, May 21, 2009

Walking Like a Vegan Chic

Have you heard that Vegetarian Shoes and Bags is now Vegan Chic? And they have an even bigger selection of 100% vegan shoes, as well as bags, belts, wallets, and clothing! The easy-to-navigate website makes it a cinch to find what you're looking for. Eco-sneakers for running errands around town? Check. Gladiator sandals for brunch with the girls? Check. Sexy peep-toe pumps for a night out with your honey? Check. Best of all, they have plenty of very affordable shoes (plus bags, wallets, and belts) in all the latest styles.

So what look did I go for? Some super sexy, oxford-detailed vegan pumps in cappuccino that will take me from the office to an evening of cocktails with friends. The Caroleena pump by Neuaura has a glossy brown finish with details that makes these shoes look more expensive than they actually are, but these shoes are built to last! I chose to wear mine without the ankle strap.
So the shoes look good but do they feel good? I felt these shoes ran true to size, though slightly on the narrow side (perfect for my narrow feet). The wide heel makes it such that I don't feel like I'm having to balance on my toes while walking. They certainly aren't as comfortable as my trusty flats, and if I didn't have a desk job I probably wouldn't last in them all day. But I thought they were cute enough to withstand a little pain. (no blisters, just sore arches and ankles)
A lot of my friends often remark that they wouldn't waste their time purchasing shoes online... too risky. But I have found that with a little practice (yes, this likely involves returning a pair or two of shoes), you learn what brands and styles fit your feet. And for most vegans, there aren't too many options at local stores for quality footware. What are your experiences with buying shoes online?

Thanks to Vegan Chic for the opportunity to review a pair of shoes! They must have known that shoes are my weakness....

20 comments:

Utopian Kitchen said...

Hey, those look great on you! I have narrow feet, too.

I like Zappos for its veg/leather-free section and also the reviews. I also like Endless.com for their sales/discounts.

Otherwise, I shop for cheaper shoes that I can find leather-free/suede-free locally.

pixiepine said...

Those shoes are adorable!

Animal-Friendly said...

I just ordered some shoes from Vegan Chic last month and they are my new favorite shoes! Yours are adorable and I love the wider heel.

Sal said...

they're cute! i'm a terror for ordering shoes online, i never worry whether they'll fit, even though i have stupidly wide feet!

VEGAN TICKLES said...

Cute shoes, do they come in black?

aTxVegn said...

Very cute! I've had excellent experiences with shopping for shoes online, for myself and others.

Sarah said...

CUTE!!

Theresa said...

Cute shoes. It sounds like the pain is more from high heels in general than from those shoes in particular. I've ordered two pairs of shoes online from Vegan Wares here in Melbourne and was not disappointed. They have a very detailed sizing process that involves tracing your feet and taking a few measurements, so I think it's hard to screw that up.

Carrie™ said...

Gorgeous shoes! I like how you can remove the ankle strap. I used to work in an office and wore high heels all the time. Now my look leans more towards super chic safety shoes. Oooo! Great for attracting sly looks from the fellas. OK, they don't, but wearing those sexy shoes of yours certainly will.

marybakes said...

Cute shoes! I love my heels! Hate wearing flats except when I walk a lot. I'll be a sorry girl when I'm older and have a load of bunions and all that other stuff!!

Katie McQuage said...

Those are adorable! Why aren't there cute vegan shoes in an 11 w? Ever? So unfair!

A said...

Hot shoes!

Lauren said...

So adorable!! I want a pair!!! :)

dreaminitvegan said...

Smart looking shoes. I have narrow feet and heels too. I bet no one would ever guess they were vegan.

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

VERY cute!

Vegan Girl (Roni Seabury) said...

So glad to see you back! I've been waiting! Hope all is well with you.

Roni
http://www.daisywares.etsy.com

Wheeler's Crew said...

Wow, those shoes are killer! Vegan Chic sounds like a great company, it makes me want to look for some more online shops.

shellyfish said...

Very cute, but I probably wouldn't be able to wear them all day - my feet need comfy shoes after all those years of dance. They are snazzy though.

Ruby Red Vegan said...

Ooh, those shoes suit you well! Cosmo's Vegan Shoppe (the retail location) is actually really close to where I am this summer, but all the shoes they sell there are upwards of $70! So I just buy extra goodies at Whole Foods instead of spending my money on fancy vegan shoes. :) Problem solved.
But ordering shoes online does sound like a gamble! I only order online for tennis shoes where I know the brand already and the exact size I wear.

VeganCowGirl said...

How sexy are those shoes! Thanks for the update on VeganChic - MORE bags and MORE shoes...be still my beating heart.