Many of the vegans I know, for the most part, seem to be frugal, having long traded in sparkly career opportunities for jobs that pave the way for positive changes for animals. Or they burn the candle at both ends and hold down a sensible job with benefits and a decent income and another at least half-time volunteer gig after hours. The paid advocacy jobs usually don’t reward with a leprechaun’s pot o’ gold but the appeal is that ephemeral rainbow that we follow and can’t quite see the end of, but know it’s there.
Beyond all of those deep connections to animals that keep us in the trenches, is a sick obsession with cute shoes. The pursuit of a well-made, slickly styled, ethical shoe that doesn’t require you to pose the question “Will this go with EVERYTHING in my closet?” because it is the only pair you’ll be able to buy for the year, has been a challenge since back in the 80s when we used to have to order our vegan coolness all the way from the UK.
There are some that companies now that make something close to a dream shoe, but for this frugal Mable, they still make that purchase decision too much like buying a car. Okay, I exaggerate, but here’s the point: Payless Shoes has long been a source for vegans to find kind of cute, inexpensive shoes, offering most of their inventory in synthetic materials. You barely have to hunt for that little label in the tongue because it’s rare to find leather in that place.
Since 2009, we’ve also not had to sweat the sweatshop or earthrape worry with them because they started making a sustainable line of good quality, comfy and yes, cute shoes. Read more here: http://www.eco-friendly-emporium.com/eco-friendly-shoes.html
Back in 2000 this article was published in Business Week about Payless pulling out of a factory partnership in China with a major slumlord sweatshop factory farm for people. For your interest: http://www.businessweek.com/2000/00_40/b3701119.htm, so, they have been accountable to humans for a while and honing that quality to a point now for animals, even now using water-based glues.
There are many articles to be found if you’d like to read about the journey. Who has the time? If anyone has contradictory info on this, please write to me with actual news and I will post it. I’m just happy that I can be a little fancy pants again on my scrimpy writer’s salary. Ah, simple pleasures.