A few years ago, I found a pair of black leather Louboutins at a consignment shop. They were still expensive, but much more within reach than a new pair. I bought them. I also liked that since they weren’t new, I could buy them (I’d been staying away from new leather since I went vegan in 2000).
Well, I’ve had a change of heart. I don’t even wear used leather now because there are so many alternatives and I prefer to support vegan companies like Cri de Coeur and Novacas.
So I sold my Louboutins, along with my pre-owned Manolos, a couple of pair of Jimmy Choos, and some Fluevogs. With my windfall, I started replacing my shoes. The first pair I found were dead-ringers for the booties I’d sold. Have a look:
Audrey Brook might not be a coveted brand or household word, and they don’t have a trademark red sole, but they fit well, are made of synthetic material, and cost 5% of a pair of new Louboutins. Yes, they were $50 (the Louboutins were $995 new).
The new ones aren’t quite as high, but that’s fine with me. Weather you stay away from leather or are just looking for not spend all your rent money on a pair of shoes, these will do the trick!
Filed under Ethical, Fashion
Last Saturday I went to an eco-fashion themed fashion show. I wanted to dress the part: stylish yet eco-conscious. Here’s the outfit I put together.
Jacket: Forever 21
Belt: The Vegan Collection
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Purse: Crystalyn Kae
Cuff (shown below): Greenbelts
At first glance, it might not seem specifically eco-friendly. It’s not vegetable-dyed bamboo, for example. But I have a few things in mind when I put this together. Here’s my thinking:
The jacket is cotton and faux leather. And while we could debate the sustainability of pleather made overseas, I’m giving myself points for choosing non-leather. By the same token, the jeans are glazed denim, a leather alternative, and so is the clutch. That one I can really get behind. It’s by a local designer, Crystalyn Kae, and is very eco-friendly.
The shoes are leather, but I bought them second hand. Points for recycling! My shirt is swapped, so again, I’ll count that as recycling. The leather cuff was once a belt–upcycled! And the belt is all-vegan and US-made.
Regardless of how good a score I got on the eco-front, I tried, and I had a lot of fun in this outfit. I felt a little like Joan Jett!
I’m linking up to What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy and Transatlantic Blonde. Be sure to check out what everyone else is wearing!