I've found it difficult trying to find really beautiful, well-made shoes that aren't leather. I especially like to wear shoes that fully cover my feet, because the two places I spend most of my time nowadays (Minnesota and Iowa) are both rather snowy, wet, or muddy for most of the year. Plus, since I'm looking for everyday shoes, I prefer flats. That's even trickier. I've been told I could just capitalize on the synthetics used for bargain shoes at Payless, Target, and those sorts of places, but I want things to really last, you know? This hasn't been too troubling for me yet, since I haven't had to buy shoes, but my favorite old pair of purple Campers are going to wear a hole in the heel and that means I need at least one pair of new shoes. For now I'm trying not to buy so much in general, so I'm hoping to maybe pick up some nice shoes at secondhand stores (I feel ok about reused leather) but I've had a few pairs of secondhand shoes fall apart in the past. So buying new might be better? I'm still deciding, but for now I present the fruits of my hours-long vegetarian shoe shopping search:
The Irregular Choice website was pretty crummy when I last looked at it (sometime last year), but now it is fancy and full of three seasons' worth of amazing leather shoes. They have a few, well, fairly ugly veg shoes, but also a few cute pairs.
Irregular Choice Juniper yellow canvas boot, $71.25
Irregular Choice Stripes Ahoy maryjanes, $45; Irregular Choice Lea Rama red canvas flat, $39.50; Irregular Choice Jump Around satin flat, $42
Camper Casi 20783-002 synthetic leathers wedge, $105
Camper Camaleon 18036-004 cotton and rubber shoe, Camper Camaleon 20488-004, each $90
(This is the same shoe model as the first first photo, but in a faint pink and a bright red)
Camper Peu 20775-001 grey cotton and rubber maryjanes, $75
Camper Peu 20772-005 fuschia cotton and rubber sneakers, $90
Shellys London Summer Skimmer, $29.99 and Neopolitan D'Orsay Peeptoe, $29.99
These are SO Orla Kiely inspired. I'd like to have them both.
Old Navy Canvas Ankle Strap Skimmers, $7.99 and Old Navy Canvas Ballet Flats, $12.99
Old Navy Printed Satin Flats, $15; Old Navy Canvas Skimmers, $16.50; and Old Navy Canvas Skimmers, $12.99
AE Print Espadrille Ballet Flat, $19.95 and AE Springtime Flat, $14.95