There was a time when "vegan shoes" conjured up horrible imagery of crunchy hemp-colored sandals on overly self-righteous folks. Now? Thanks in no small part to visible vegan goddess Stella McCartney—and plenty of cheap-and-easy leather-look options from fast fashion retailers—those days are mostly over. No longer is the most conscious, animal-ethical choice sacrificing style. And, save for the McCartneys, the faux-leather picks tend to be a bit less expensive than their real-deal brethren. Trying to keep your feet animal-free this upcoming spring? No problem, see below for some very fashion-forward animal-free shoes.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.