I would be happy to wear cruelty-free shoes, but I can’t find many non-ugly ones except for my Converse Chuck Taylors. Are any of the newer “vegan leathers” any good? In my experience, fake leather is sweaty plastic that cracks and peels. I know about Stella McCartney’s vegan shoes, but they’re way, way out of my price range. Can you help out a shoe lover who would like to transition to a leather-free wardrobe? — Jill
Manolo says the short answer is no, the Manolo is of little or no help when it comes to finding the good-looking vegan shoes. And, the long answer, it is also no, or perhaps nooooooooooooooooooo.
Finding the vegan shoes, like the Stella McCartney vegan shoes, that are both stylish and not made from the recycled plastic waste is one of the most impossible of tasks for the shoe lover. It is because, of the course, from the beginning of time, leather has always been the material most perfectly suited for the shoes. It is inexpensive, handsome, pliable and durable. It is also moderately weatherproof and practical for most climates, and capable of being worked into beautiful forms.
But the Manolo understands that there are those who object to the manner in which the leather is obtained, and so here is the Key West, the good-looking sandal from the vegan shoe specialist olsenHaus ($140, Endless), the shoes that may be what you are looking for.