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Vegan Wares Footwear and Accessories

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by Debbie Lustig (subscribe)
My work has been published in The Age, The Herald-Sun, The Australian, The Big Issue, Australian Birdlife, The Bark (USA), Eureka Street, Overland and The Australian Jewish News.
Published February 8th 2012
When I wear my new hiking boots, I get lots of compliments. They're comfortable, shiny and when I first walked in them, they squeaked - like all good boots do.
Hiking boot in black

But there's something different about my new hiking boots.They're not made of leather but a form of tough, hard microfibre.

Non-leather shoes, yes, you read that correctly. You might think it's a non-sequiteur but take a look at the photo, even dogs think my boots have a great smell.
Vegan Wares, 78 Smith St, Fitzroy

Vegan Wares opened in 1995 and has been making stylish, cruelty-free shoes and boots ever since. In their Smith Street shop, staff will fit you with one of their stock styles or happily make your chosen style in whatever colours your heart desires.

'Edna' in green

There's pretty much every kind of shoe here from Mary-Janes, T-bars, brogues, court shoes, sneaker styles and ballet flats to sandals. Many are seriously funky shoes.

Boots include steel-capped and elastic-sided boots.
'Must' in red

All come in dozens of styles and hundreds of colour combinations. Prices are extremely reasonable for handmade footwear.

Microfibre ('vegan leather') is a lightweight, supple, breathable and water-resistant material.

There's a mail order service anywhere in the world and an interesting selection of other non-leather goods: belts, wallets, brooches, bags and guitar straps.
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Why? Non-leather never looked so sexy
When: Mon-Sat 11am-5pm
Where: 78 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Cost: Shoes, boots $200-250; sandals $150
Your Comment
Great article. I saw this shop recently and was really impressed with all the gorgeous footwear.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5927) 2207 days ago
That's very unfortunate. I was treated well, both in person and on the phone. Maybe they're human beings, after all!
by Debbie Lustig (score: 2|527) 2975 days ago
I bought my Vegan Ware shoes many years ago and was seeking to find out how long I could make them last (not because I'm cheap but to test the case). Both times I went back to the shop to enquire about fixing my shoes up and before even stating why I was there I was treated both times with absolute contempt by the female proprietor the first time and this week by the male proprietor with even greater contempt. Would never go back to buy one thing from these people, they wouldn't know customer service if I beat them into submission with it! Back home they'd be out of business by now, they don't deserve your dollar either.
by k2kyi (score: 0|2) 2976 days ago
Interesting to read the poor service comment as I have experienced a similar issue with their serious lack of after sales service. On a recent visit to Melbourne, I purchased a few pairs of shoes from Vegan Wares. Living interstate, the shoes were required to be posted to me. One arrived with a nail piercing through the shoe cavitity up under my toes and were unable to be worn. I called to say I needed to post them back for repair/replacement. However upon enquiring about postage reimbursement costs etc after paying many hundreds of dollars for NEW shoes, my enquiries were ignored and the shoes simply returned with the nail reefed out leaving behind a massive hole on the inner lining.. No note, no calls returned - frankly disgusted by the lack of service. Will be taking my business overseas from here on in as I would rather pay for service than support a local company which has none. Sad as they clearly know they have a monopoly in the local vegan market.
by Laure (score: 0|4) 2769 days ago
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