Up on melancholy hill, Theres a plastic tree

 

 

Why does everybody in the world assume that vegans are hippies? Honestly, some of the vegan clothing and shoes I found are just awful! 

 

 

It is so annoying trying to be fashion forward when it seems like things in fashion all must be UNVEGAN; fur, leather and feathers seem to be the big thing right now, as well as old classics like silk, suede and wool.

 

 

I have decided to take a look at a few trending items, and list affordable options for the everyday fashion forward vegan gal. (sorry- i have been watching too much SATC lately!)

 

 

First of all, lets look at the Doc Marten.

 

 

 

Another old classic, with grunge back in a big way, it seems to be what everyone is wearing, paired with opaque tights and a shift dress, or skinny jeans and a military jacket, Daria would be devastated if she knew that her look was now being worn by the masses. CIt appears she wears the 8 hole and Jane wears the 10?)

 

 

 

Anyway, so naturally, I HAD to have a pair. According to Wiki, in 2003 Doc Marten discontinued their vegan line when they outsourced their production to China and Thailand, which sucks, because I know there is a high demand for them! Not just from vegans, but every those (soft cock) vegetarians! They occasionally pop up on ebay but the chances are they either sell for ridiculous amounts or they just aren’t your size.

 

 

 

I found these on the website vegetarian shoes, a site based over in the UK. They are relatively close to Docs, and look like they are a pretty good quality, but the price turns me off, at roughly $122.67AUD a pop, + $46.21AUD in shipping.

 

 

I also found these on the site, but again, the amount they are charging makes me dislike them. There are a few different colours, notable white is missing which is a shame, also, I am hesitant to go with the red like I so willingly would if real Docs were vegan, as because they are man made, I dont think they would work the faded, worn look quite as well as I wanted them too.

 

 

 

 

I found myself a pair of fake Docs, closest to the real thing as I could get, on eBay.

 

 

Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, they are no longer available. They are ok, the man made fibre is taking longer than I hoped to break in, and the where the tongues are stitched in I am getting bruising on the top of my feet! Also the toe is a tiny bit rounder than I would like, they are growing on me though!

 

 

My search has also led me to look for easier items, such as Military/Combat boots. Similar to Docs, but slimmer looking, with a more pointed toe.

 

 

I found these ultra cute ‘Glasgow Boots’ & Leeds Riding Boots on one of my much visited sites- Nasty Gal

 

I found these on Urban Outfitters, ranging from $68 to $78, these are made with PU, PVC, rubber, mixed metals and have synthetic soles.

 

 

I found these canvas alternatives via TOPSHOP , at around $70 a pop

 

 In the coming days I am going to try track down some vegan clogs, because I have gone against all my best judgement, betrayed myself and fallen in love with them*.

 

*PROVIDED ITS DONE RIGHT

 

I am yet to find vegan alternatives to Jeffrey Campbell wedges 😦

 

Until then, Auf Wiedersehen!

 

k. 

 

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