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Vegan running shoe guide

Postby runrevolt » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:38 pm

The owner of a local outfitter store told me he sends people to my blog when they ask about "vegan shoes" or vegan running or whatever and said that I should create a page of all the vegan running shoes available. Obviously that's a massive task, but I went ahead and sent a letter to all the shoe companies I could think of to see if they would send me a list of shoes that are all synthetic, though I didn't bother seeking out shoes made with non-animal glue if only because I don't think they exist. I did tell the companies to also include other information about their shoes like recycled materials, ethical manufacturing standards, etc. etc. if they wanted to. I sent out the email last night and so far have heard back from Saucony, Mizuno, Nike, Inov-8 and Salomon. Granted, a couple were almost form letters that directed me to their "we're making the world a better place" webpage, but others sent me complete lists of their synthetic only shoes. I will be compiling this information and posting it on my blog under a dedicated page in the next week. This might make it easier for those who continuously ask about "vegan shoes".

I'll keep ya posted.
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Re: Vegan running shoe guide

Postby vCLaW » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:47 pm

Have you seen the guide from Vegan Runners UK: http://www.veganrunners.org.uk/articles ... _1398.html
It has details of quite a few companies who have confirmed which of their shoes are vegan.
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Re: Vegan running shoe guide

Postby runrevolt » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:24 pm

Nice. I haven't seen that and actually got responses from some of the companies that didn't respond to their request, so we can probably do some good swapping to complete our lists.
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Re: Vegan running shoe guide

Postby xrodolfox » Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:19 am

Nice. I am excited about this. I'll send people to your blog when they ask about shoes, since I don't send people anywhere.
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Re: Vegan running shoe guide

Postby andyO » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:40 am

Nice RR, I carried out a similar exercise back in 2006 (I posted the results on the vegan trainers thread). My answers are probably out of date now, but from the people who emailed back to me (I kept the emails for future reference):

Mizuno - pointed me at the FAQ section of their website:
http://www.mizunoeurope.com

New Balance - sent me a spreadsheet called vegan.xls listing all their vegan shoes.

Brooks - said that ALL their running shoes are free of animal based materials.

Saucony - said that ALL of their technical running shoes are animal free.

Adidas - told me that none of their running shoes could be considered vegan.

Let me know if you want me to forward any of the emails RR I'd be happy to.

I didn't email Inov8 or Salomon (it was 2006) and never got a reply from Nike or Asics. If I was to repeat the exercise today I would add Walsh into the mix [you probably don't get them over state side, but most of the guys in my current running club have or have had a pair]. Perhaps I'll email them now.

I'll be interested to see the results, did you get a specific answer from Inov8 or just pointed to their website? I'm considering a pair of baregrips as my next shoe...
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Re: Vegan running shoe guide

Postby runrevolt » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:45 am

I'll post my responses (some form letterish, some incredibly detailed) when I hear back from all the manufacturers. I'm actually surprised some of the companies responded saying none of their shoes were vegan. I mean, if you are asking for shoes made from non-animal based glue, then that is probably the case, but I made it very clear that I wasn't trying to attain that level of information. I was mainly concerned with what shoes use or don't use animal materials for the uppers.

Reading over everyone else's responses, it seems I got some more detailed information this time around from companies who were less than helpful previously. I have detailed lists from Salomon and Inov-8 as well as others.

Again, I'll post the responses soon when I compile them onto my page. Once I do that, we can swap information and try to make an updated and complete list. Thanks!
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Re: Vegan running shoe guide

Postby Gastroplodder » Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:38 pm

andyO wrote:Nice RR, I carried out a similar exercise back in 2006 (I posted the results on the vegan trainers thread). My answers are probably out of date now, but from the people who emailed back to me (I kept the emails for future reference):

Mizuno - pointed me at the FAQ section of their website:
http://www.mizunoeurope.com

New Balance - sent me a spreadsheet called vegan.xls listing all their vegan shoes.

Brooks - said that ALL their running shoes are free of animal based materials.

Saucony - said that ALL of their technical running shoes are animal free.

Adidas - told me that none of their running shoes could be considered vegan.

Let me know if you want me to forward any of the emails RR I'd be happy to.

I didn't email Inov8 or Salomon (it was 2006) and never got a reply from Nike or Asics. If I was to repeat the exercise today I would add Walsh into the mix [you probably don't get them over state side, but most of the guys in my current running club have or have had a pair]. Perhaps I'll email them now.

I'll be interested to see the results, did you get a specific answer from Inov8 or just pointed to their website? I'm considering a pair of baregrips as my next shoe...


Inov8 do state:

"Do you produce vegan friendly shoes?

All products apart from the ROCLITE 400 GTX® and GRIPROC 325 are 100% vegan friendly."

in their FAQ which is good enough for me.

http://www.inov-8.com/FAQs.asp?L=26

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Re: Vegan running shoe guide

Postby verbosity » Sat Oct 19, 2013 2:34 am

Neither of the links near the top of the page appear to work any more?

I have compiled a list of shoe manufacturers, the aim being to determine their Vegan suitability and consideration for working conditions. I am hoping to survey the companies every year.
http://vegan8.wordpress.com/vegan-athletic-shoes/ gives you the option of going to a summary page which describes the categories and process and shows the company results, or to the details page which contains the correspondence with the companies as well as their contact details and information about their working conditions.

Feedback and company suggestions are welcome
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