I've recently turned to a vegetarian diet with a view to becoming vegan. I have a question about shoes. How strict are you about where your vegan shoes come from? It seems very easy to buy all sorts of non-leather shoes these days. Amongst my leather shoes I have a few pairs of non-leather ones myself, from trainers (actually 100% vegan those ones, from Simple Shoes) to heeled shoes - just because I liked them really. They're from before I became vegetarian. Trying to inform myself, I've read that shoes might have glue that may include animal ingredients but somewhere on this forum I found information that said this is unlikely these days. But there is the possibility that non-leather shoes from high street shops still might not be 100% vegan?
Must a true vegan only buy from certified, 100% vegan shoe suppliers?
Also, I've seen websites that sell 'vintage' vegan shoes (I'm a vintage kinda gal) but I'm not sure how they are passing them off as vegan when presumably they don't know about the glue situation? Or should we not worry about that if they're from the 1940's and it's 'recycling'?! I don't know! Is it possible to get one's panties in too much of a bunch over this stuff? Please help me out here, guys! Thanks.
(ps:Yeah, I love shoes & I did buy some 'other materials' shoes from River Island today. I'm getting there, slowly.)