Vegan Shoes in Toronto

Searching for Eco-Friendly, Vegan Shoes in Toronto?

If you’re looking for new spring and summer cruelty free, vegan shoes and sandals in the Toronto area, we’ve rounded up retailers below! But before that…


What exactly are vegan shoes and what’s wrong with leather?

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Leather can be produced from cows, pigs, goats, and sheep, or exotic animals like alligators, ostriches, and kangaroos. According to PETA, China exports skins from dogs and cats around the world. Since leather is normally not labelled, you never really know where (or what animal) it came from. Most of the millions of animals slaughtered for their skin endure the horrors of factory farming before being shipped to slaughter, where many may be skinned alive. When you buy leather you are supporting factory farms and slaughterhouses since skin is the most economically important by-product of the meat industry. Leather is also no friend of the environment, since it shares all the environmental destruction of the meat industry, in addition to the toxins used in tanning.

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Some FAQ’s we get about vegan shoes:

  • The animals are already dead – shouldn’t we use their skins?

    The animals are dead only because there is a demand for their flesh and skin. If the demand decreases, fewer animals will be killed. You can “vote” for compassion every time you shop, simply by refusing to support industries that hurt animals by choosing humane alternatives instead.

  • Isn’t leather better for the environment than synthetics?

    As a renewable resource, leather seems like it should be green, but unfortunately this is not the case. Leather products are loaded with chemicals to keep them from decomposing in the buyer’s closet, and leather production pollutes the environment while squandering precious life resources. Formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, and various oils, dyes, and finishes- some of them cyanide-based, are used to turn animal skins into finished leather goods. Most leather produced in North America is ‘chrome-tanned’. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all wastes containing chromium are hazardous. Tannery effluent also contains large amounts of other pollutants, such as lime sludge, sulphides, and acids. Huge amounts of water and fossil fuels are consumed in livestock production, much of it for fertilizers to grow feed crops. By contrast, synthetic wearables account for a much smaller fraction of petroleum use.

  • Don’t synthetic shoes make your feet sweat?

    Some of the newest synthetics are actually superior to real skins. For example, Chlorenol (called Durabuck by Nike), which is used in athletic and hiking shoes, is an innovative new material that “breathes,” and stretches around the foot with the same “give” as leather, and also provides great support. You can also find nice shoes made from canvas or hemp, IPath is an athletic company that provides these types of fabrics for shoes.

  • What am I supposed to do with the leather I already have?

    Once you learn about what happens to animals in the leather industry, you may decide to shed their skins for good. But not everyone can afford to throw out all their old clothes and buy an entirely new cruelty-free wardrobe all at once. Some people go leather-free overnight; others gradually replace leather goods with animal-friendly gear. Do what feels right to you.

Vegan Shoes Toronto: Where do I find them?

Vegan Shoes Toronto, shoes vegan, vegan shoes onlineI definitely had difficulty trying to find a location to purchase Vegan shoes inToronto. It seems the places that has sold them in recent years have now, unfortunately, closed. So that got me thinking, “If you can’t buy vegan shoes, what shoes can you buy that are sustainable and ethical, leather alternatives?” There are quite a few products to choose from, you might even want to attempt store-hopping to find exactly what you want. Here are some locations I have discovered:

  • Aldo Shoes: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – 136 Cumberland St.
  • Ali Baba Discount Shoes: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – Various Locations.
  • Arka Shoes: Women’s, men’s, children’s, casual, dressy – 2196 Bloor St. W.
  • Athletes World: Women’s, men’s, casual,dressy, sport – Various Locations. 
  • Bata Shoes: Women’s, men’s, casual, sport – Various Locations
  • Birkenstock: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – Various Locations
  • Budget Shoe Warehouse: Women’s, men’s, children’s, casual, dressy – Various Locations
  • Caban: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – Various locations
  • Corso Shoe:, Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – 1942 Queen St. E & 446 Danforth Ave
  • D & M Clearance: Women’s, men’s, dressy, casual – 566 Yonge St.
  • Doris Shoes: Women’s, men’s,dressy, casual – 2613 Eglinton Ave E.
  • Foster’s Shoes: Women’s, men’s, some children’s (mostly at their Scarborough location), dressy, casual – Various Locations
  • Groovy: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy, sport – 323 Queen St. West.
  • Heel Boy: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – 682 Queen St. West,
  • John Fluevog: Women’s, men’s, casual – 242 Queen St. W
  • Le Chateau: Women’s, men’s, casual – Various Locations
  • Payless Shoe Source: Women’s, men’s, casual dressy, Children’s – Various Locations
  • The Shoe Company: Women’s, men’s, children’s, casual, dressy – Various locations
  • Sears: Women’s, men’s, children’s, casual, dressy, sport – Various Locations
  • Stylexchange: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – 760 Bathurst St. & 181 Yonge St.
  • Traffic Shoes: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – 939 Lawrence Ave. E
  • Trove: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – 793 Bathurst St.
  • Wash Up & Brush: Women’s, casual, dressy – 107 Danforth Ave.
  • Write Impressions: Women’s, men’s, casual, dressy – 1515 Bayview Ave & 2215 Bloor St. W.

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So that’s all I could find for alternative leather shoes. While it’s not vegan shoes, it’s not leather. If anyone knows of any vegan shoe stores in Toronto, please feel free to share your knowledge, we are all trying to help each other! Contact us, anytime!

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