If you know anything about the folks here at CRUDE, you'll know that our love language consists of the words plant based, sustainable, and environmentally friendly. So could there be anything that says "I love you" more than the gift of sustainable, eco-friendly, super-chic vegan leather in the form of shoes and bags? We don't think so (besides a bottle of BLOOM or SCRUFF - which, by the way, are both 20% off February 1-3 with promocode LOVEBIRDS!).
But wait, you're thinking. Where do I find amazing vegan products? And how do I know which ones are THE BEST? Well, NEVER FEAR.
CRUDE Proudly Presents: Our Favorite Vegan Shoes and Bags!
Let's start with bags.
If you're looking for a small, dressy clutch, then look no further than MeDusa Brand.
This is the Billie bag.
Why We Like Them: Obviously you can't go wrong with vegan and cruelty-free, but these are stylish to boot! We're fans of the clean lines, bold colors, and the special-occasion feel.
If you're looking for something more everyday, say something a bit bigger, then you simply have to check out Matt and Nat.
This bag has everything. Or, quite possibly, you can FIT everything in this bag. Laptops, water bottles, snacks, notebooks; not to mention your standard keys-wallet-phone-sunglasses--you could probably fit all those things and more in this bag. It's like Mary Poppins' magical carpet bag, except even better, because vegan leather!
Why We Like Them: We love Matt and Nat because so many of their goals align so well with ours at CRUDE. This is from their mission statement:
"At Matt & Nat, we live by a simple motto, 'Live beautifully'. Living beautifully means appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us. Our values include social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and, of course, love."
In keeping with the established mode, let's talk dressy first.
These shoes were purchased from Zara.
These particular heeled boots are are no longer available, but Zara does list all components of their products (i.e. 75% cow leather and 15% polyurethane) so you can easily see what is vegan. We sincerely appreciate their openness and honesty so that we can be conscious consumers.
If you're a fan of the Converse sneaker look for daywear, but want to dress it up just a little bit, you absolutely have to check out the Samo shoe by Good Guys.
These guys really take the sneaker to the next level. The style is on point and the all-over leather look just ups the classy factor. And the fact that they're cruelty-free?
We're in love.
Good Guys as a brand is not only committed to cruelty-free leather, but their brand also advocates for ethical production. Animals and humans alike are respected by Good Guys, and for that, we respect them.
So, will you be getting some Vegan leather for Valentine's Day this year? Maybe for yourself (hey, self-love is just as important, right)? What are some of your favorite Vegan leather brands? Tell us in the comments!
Addendum: Since a lot of these products seem to have sold out since we started planning this post, we wanted to add a few alternatives for good measure.
If it's the Clarke Satchel you're after and can't wait until they get the black version back in stock, or you just like to have lots of options for bags, you definitely have to check out this vegan leather tote from Free People. Not only is it Cruelty-Free, but it's reversible. Two colors for the price of one? DONE.
These gorgeous bags from Angela Roi are not only made of Vegan leather, but a portion of their proceeds go towards doing important research. Consumer conscious and charitable? Yes, please.
Any of these crulelty-free shoes from Nicora or Sydney Brown. Both of these companies have impeccable standards and goals for being cruelty-free, sustainable, and human-friendly as well as animal friendly.
Stay CRUDE, darlings!