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Fashionista Feature | How Vegan Footwear is Made

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Thanks to Kelsey, we have a special guest post today! She wrote an article all about vegan footwear and how it is made. Read below to learn more!

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How is Vegan Footwear Made

Many people today look for ways to be as eco-conscious as possible. Being eco-friendly requires a conscious choice to commit to a certain lifestyle. People who are aware of the need to use the earth's resources well are those who think carefully about everything they do. They are also those who think carefully about everything they buy. For those who really want to embrace the eco-friendly lifestyle, vegan products are a must. Vegan products are made using no animal products at all in their creation. Many kinds of vegan products can be found on the market. This includes food, housing materials, and home decor items. It also includes things people wear such as jackets, dresses, and even shoes. Vegan footwear has become increasingly popular in recent decades. Vegan footwear includes shoes, boots, and other products worn on the feet that are created in accordance with vegan principles. These principles mean that these shoes are not made from items such as leather that require an animal to be harmed in any way. 

Creating a Design 

The creation of vegan footwear starts with the kind of materials chosen. Traditionally made shoes frequently use materials like leather that are derived from animal products. These types of shoes are also made without using products that have been tested on animals. A vegan shoe buyer can be assured that the footwear they buy are shoes that involve no animal products during the course of production. The creation of a vegan shoe or boot will typically begin by the designer creating a design. This is when the real process begins and when the designer must think carefully about what they are doing. They need to think about how the final design will look on the wearer's feet. 

Using Materials 

For example, if the shoe is intended to be used for winter wear, it will enclose the foot more than a shoe that is designed to be worn at the beach. For many designers, the act of crafting vegan shoes is one that takes some time and thought. In recent years, many new vegan materials have come on the market. Designers today are able to take advantage of these advances to create shoes that are not only elegant but will also last a long time. Materials such as synthetic microfiber look great. The same is true of materials such as PU and EVA that have shown up on runways in recent years. Many companies also use what are known as recycled and virgin rubbers. Other popular choices for vegan footwear include canvas, fabrics, and materials that mimic the look of real leather such as faux leather products. Such products have a very similar look to standard shoe materials. 

The Next Step 

Once a design is in place, the designer will consider which particular materials are best for each part of his line. In some instances, he may decide to keep the shoes to a minimum of design and help the person show off their beautiful feet. In other instances, a designer may realize the need to make sure that the shoes he provides are made to offer protection and support. It's then off to create a prototype. This prototype allows the design team to test the final product and see how it fits. In some cases, the model will not fit well or may not be quite right for the designer's line. In that instance, the designer will need to go back and see if they can tweak it. Changes may be made to the size, the details, and the overall look. New materials may be substituted. After this process is finished, it's time to nail down the final look. Vegan shoe designers want to use materials that are not only cruelty-free but will also last for many years. They also want to create shoes that will please the eyes and provide the kind of support that people need as they move through their daily activities. Setting up a production line lets the designer take the idea they have for the shoe, boot or other footwear and let it come to life. 

Bringing it to Market 

After the shoe has been designed and the process set in motion to create it, it's time to think about how best to bring it to market. Some companies have outlets they use to sell their vegan shoes directly to the client. Shoppers can be assured that all products they purchase are made by those who understand the ideals of vegan footwear. In other cases, company officials may need to find a way to bring their shoes, sandals, and boots to traditional stores. Many traditional retailers will stock a wide variety of shoes. However, they may not understand what is behind vegan footwear and why it is so special. This is why a vegan footwear company will frequently have sales reps available to explain their products to stores and the public. Sales reps can demonstrate why these shoes make an ideal addition to any store and how customers benefit from buying and wearing them.

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Kelsey is the Managing Editor at The Lux Authority and is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars, and the smell of rich mahogany! When she isn't working, Kelsey is an avid academic, artist, stargazer, blogger, and yoga enthusiast.

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