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(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN CLOTHING) I know I usually talk about food, but this week I decided to branch out a bit. I needed to get my boots repaired and it got me thinking. We all know about the cruelties animals endure for fur fashion, but what about leather?

Like Khloe Kardashian and other anti-fur supporters, I never wear fur. There are so many other things I could be wearing instead, and if I really want the look and feel of fur there are plenty of faux options.

Anti-fur activist Khloe Kardashian stepped out in a floor-length faux fur coat last month in New York City./Photo credit: ecouterre.com
Anti-fur activist Khloe Kardashian stepped out in a floor-length faux fur coat last month in New York City. Photo credit: ecouterre.com

But give up my boots? That’s a hard sell for a lot of us. I mean, I’d have nothing else to wear but sandals (seriously).

It turns out I don’t have to run around barefoot. I can wear boots and still be compassionate thanks to the many animal-friendly companies now offering cruelty-free clothing, shoes, and accessories.

For the animal-friendly shopper, Aerosoles offers a wide variety of boots made from vegan leather./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
For the animal-friendly shopper, Aerosoles offers a wide variety of boots made from vegan leather. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

Millions of cows, goats, sheep, and pigs are slaughtered each year for their skin. Most of them suffer extreme crowding and confinement. They’re also subjected to torturous treatment like castration and dehorning without any painkillers.

More and more people are learning about these horrific conditions and are switching to more compassionate lifestyles. As a result, the demand for cruelty-free alternatives is on the rise, and it seems the stores are listening.

PETA has a complete animal-friendly shopping guide on their website, and I’ll bet a lot of the companies are ones you already shop with: Adidas, JCPenny, DSW, Guess, Nine West and Aerosoles, to name a few.

I decided to go to Aerosoles and check out what kind of selection they had—and you know what? I couldn’t tell the difference. And not just some, but all of their tall boots are polyurethane, or VEGAN boots.

Today there's a wide demand for cruelty-free leather and stores like Aerosoles are taking notice. Reportedly all of their tall boots are now made from vegan leather./Photo credit: Lisa Singer
Today there’s a big demand for cruelty-free leather, and stores like Aerosoles are taking notice. All of the tall boots in their Manhattan Beach, CA store are made from vegan leather. Photo credit: Lisa Singer

Shawnie, the sales associate I spoke with, told me that some of their customers specifically search for vegan boots, but for those who don’t its never been an issue:

“A lot of the times you can’t even tell that they’re not leather, and a lot of the customers assume that they’re leather.”

You can even save some money while you’re at it. Depending on the style, some of the vegan boots are as much as 50 percent less expensive than the real leather ones. They also seem to last just as long and are just as comfortable.

— Lisa Singer, exclusive to Global Animal

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