Now that it’s summer and we are all starting to get fresher shoes, I thought I would talk about one of my newest acquisitions: the Catherine ballerina flats by Noah’s Vegan Italian Shoes.
Although these were super kindly gifted to me, I still think they deserve a mention as a vegan shoe brand. So if you’re looking for a pair of high quality vegan shoes, keep on reading!
1. About Noah’s Italian Vegan Shoes
I had the chance to speak with Peter Mayar, who kindly introduced me to the brand. They are actually German, but the shoes are made in small Italian factories in the North. The idea was to create Italian quality shoes that were respectful towards the animals and the environment. Offering fair work conditions to its workers, Noah’s shoes are completely vegan, thus ensuring that every model is eco-friendly. Furthermore, the materials are non-toxic and hypoallergenic!
I’ve worn them a couple of times, and I can confirm that the shoe quality is amazing. You can tell they’ve been handmade and they adapt to your foot. The sole is comfortable enough to walk in them all day, like I did this morning around Notting Hill.
Noah was established in 2009, making it a pioneer in sustainable and ethical footwear. They also offer other things, such as bags, wallets, belts and hats. So go have a look at their website here
if you want to discover the other lovely things they offer.
2. Why no leather
I already spoke about the terrible consequences of leather production in a couple of articles, such as here
. But if you’re new around here, let me explain why I said no to leather.
Every year, about 230 million cows, 350 million sheep, 175 million goats and 700 million pigs are butchered for their meat and skin. What is more, 20% of these animals are fed with 49% of the world’s corn and 90% of the soybeans. Meaning, that world hunger would be cut down considerably if we stopped consuming so much meat and fish, and their derivatives.
Needless to say that apart from hurting and slaughtering the animals in no-way humane, the breeding and consequential manufacturing of leather takes enormous amounts of energy, water, and land. Apart from the heavy chemicals used for processing the leather which take up so much water, the intense modification of the animal skins is also heavily polluting.
You can do all the research on this topic, as it is readily available online and it’s all free. That is why it is our responsibility to start changing the way we eat, but also the way we dress. Thankfully also, innovation is right in front of our doors. When you have such beautiful materials like microfibre, why hurt animals?
These ballerina flats are precisely that: they are made with microfibre, a lightweight, water-resistant, comfortable and and hypoallergenic. It’s made out of ultra-fine polyester, and unlike suede, it’s waterproof. The sole of the Catherine flats are made with a blend of natural and recycled rubber.
The rest of my outfit is simply good for spring/summer. I’ve had these shorts for three years and I bought this shirt a year ago as well.
What do you think of these shoes? They remind me of the classic Chanel ones!
I WAS WEARING:
FOREVER 21 SHORTS
URBAN OUTFITTERS BAG