Vegetarian shoes is a medium sized shop in Brighton, the address is 12 Gardner Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UP, UK. Tel: 01273 685685
Monday - Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 1pm - 6pm
Thursday - Saturday 10am - 6pm
Bank Holidays Closed
Online at http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/
Vegetarian Shoes has been trading for 22 years, providing quality cruelty free footwear.
The term Vegetarian could be a little misleading and dome may be forgiven for thinking that they are not suitable for vegans for one reason or another, this is not the case, all of their products are 100% cruelty free, animal product free.
Ok now for my review, I have bought many pairs of shoes and boots over the years both for myself and as gifts for my family. They have a large collection of men and women's shoes and boots as well as other items, belts and satchels.
The quality of their products is brilliant, I am waiting on my limited edition Dr Martin type boots which Vegetarian Shoes were not happy about the quality so they have gone back. I like that they take such pride in their products to accept only the highest standards. A lot of their boots come in a variety of colours, pink, red, blue, green as well as the usual brown and black.
Prices are a little higher than leather shoes and boots, just a little for example my Dr Martin type boots were £104.95 with postage at £6.95
Now any shoes or boots from Vegetarian shoes will last for years, they do not look cheap, far from it, in fact if my boots did not have a Vegetarian Shoes tag on them I doubt that I would convince anyone that they were not made of leather. The material used depends on the product and they are described in detail including care instructions.
When I have been in the shop the assistants have all be very helpful without being in my face, they know every detail about all of their products and will answer any questions or concerns with confidence.
My online experiences have all been very positive, emails answered within a few hours. My items have been delivered in a reasonable time scale and if there have been any delays I have been informed of them with an option to cancel my order should I wish to. Money is not taken from cards until the item is dispatched.
Vegetarian Shoes won the Best Vegan Footwear Award 2012
To end this review I want to show you their funky little video.
Vegetarian Shoes has become one of those brands that you can basically trust outright because they have been established for so long in one place and have served so many happy customers. They are genuinely independent and ethical, which in my opinion is a rare and valuable find today, as some businesses claiming to be ethical cut corners (which can be hard to research), and many businesses claiming to be independent are really out to expand in the same way that corporations are.
Vegetarian Shoes are known the world-over by people seeking alternative sources of footwear: my first boyfriend was American and vegan and he had puchased all his shoes from VS for years before coming to the UK, and even then it was a further few years before he actually made the trip across the country to visit the shop in Brighton.
I live near Brighton and whenever I pop into the city for a day trip I always check out the current selection in Vegetarian Shoes. I have bought a few pairs of shoes from there over the years, and have never been disappointed with the results. I still recall my first pair of boots from VS, which I purchased in 2003; they were big, chunky blank boots, made for romping and stomping, and I loved their attitude! I wore them non-stop for roughly three years, until they started showing signs of wear, and if I had taken better care of them I think they would have lasted a lot longer.
The footwear from Vegetarian Shoes *is* a tad on the pricey side, but I'd say that it's worth it for the quality of the product, as with decent shoes from any footwear store. If you are able to visit the store in person, it's well worth the trip to check out the sales section, which can sometimes feature exactly what you want for your feet, for upto half the original price.
I certainly recommend this store, as I don't think you'll come away disappointed with your purchase.
Vegetarian shoes is located in Brighton where they have a shop, although you can also buy from them via mail order by post, phone or their web site at http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk . Brighton being so far away I've only used their mail order service. They offer a respectable sized range of non-leather shoes and boots including a selection of Dr Martens, although they now seem to carry less styles here than they used to. Apparently Birkenstocks are a big shoes brand, well they also do non-leather versions of those. Several years ago I bought a pair of shoes from them, and although I don't wear them often, they have lasted well and I'll probably have them for many years to come. Earlier this year I bought a pair of DMs which may not last so long as I wear them all the time but once more the quality is very high. I'm not sure how many companies use the same material as they do but visually it looks similar to leather but more importantly it isn't a cheap plastic and doesn't cause you feet to sweat. With alternatives like this available there is no need to buy leather, but that's a different issue, and if you're shopping here you probably have alread reach that decision. Although the DM prices are about comparable with regular ones, the own brand shoes do seem to me to be a bit higher in price. I could have bought a cheap pair of leather shoes for £25 but the ones I bought from Vegetarian Shoes were £45. In part this is because they were quality shoes and will long out last the cheap leather ones. It is worth bearing that in mind though that you won't get anything cheap and nasty. You may have to pay more than you would in a regular shop but a £45 pair of shoes will be just as good as a similarly priced leather pair. The only problem that I have encountered is that I've been unfortune to order items which are out of stock and so can't say how long it takes to have things delievered. Al
though my DMs did arrive about two weeks earlier than I expected. Vegetarian Shoes aren't the only company in Britain making shoes for vegetarians and vegans but they do seem to have the biggest range and I would certainly recommend them.