Kat Von D launches vegan footwear made from apples – Totally Vegan Buzz
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Vegan tattooist and beauty magnate Kat Von D has launched a vegan shoe-line comprising 32 styles using sustainable leather made from compressed apples.

Kat Von D launched her beauty line in 2008 to sell cruelty free cosmetics with the slogan, “Makeup made with love, not animals.”

She has since then expanded her business and is now out with her new sustainable vegan shoe collection: Von D Shoes.

She launched the brand on World Vegan Day, November 1. All her products are 100 per cent cruelty-free, vegan and designed using various materials such as apple-based leather, stamped velvets, satin, recycled rubber, animal-free suede, glazed canvas, and faux fur.

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So we got tons of questions regarding whether the Slayer boot will fit wide calves. Thanks for being patient with us! So, if you swipe you’ll see two screen shots from the catwalk video, where our lovely model is wearing the Slayer boot in a size 7. If you notice in the first screenshot, we’ve drawn an arrow showing you how high the actual boot goes – it’s actually an inch or two BELOW her calf. The flap that can be flipped up or down has an open back, so the design is quite clever in the sense that if you have large calves, the back slit allows for a comfortable fit. In the second screen shot you can better see how high the back zipper goes, which is 8.5 inches from the very bottom of your heel up. At that height you would measure the circumference of your leg, and our size 7 measure 12 inches circumference [without being worn]. Keep in mind the material itself is not stiff or hard like a lot of vegan leathers can be. It’s actually quite supple and has a tiny bit of give in order to hug your legs perfectly and comfortably. As for the fit of the actual foot [specifically around the ball of your foot] Kat wanted to make sure we accommodate to everyone including those of us with wide feet and has made these boots with a wide comfort fit, perfect for stomping around all day long. Lastly, as much as we welcome any questions you might have, please know we will have detailed descriptions of each shoe on their product pages as well as an accurate size chart once we launch November 1st, at 9AM PST on vondshoes.com. And of course, if for whatever reason you are unhappy with the size or fitting, we accept any returns/exchanges, no questions asked – as long as the shoes are returned in like-new conditions, and within 14 days of delivery. Hope this info helps! #vondshoes

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In a statement release, she said: “When I first became vegan, I found that finding vegan shoes was a lot more challenging than finding vegan food. I really felt like I could fill that void in the market by creating vegan shoes that are affordable, but built to last a lifetime.

“Finding vegan shoes of good quality that you are comfortable wearing because you know they are vegan was my main concern. I think that my team and I did a great job executing this, and I can’t wait to hear what our customers have to say.”

Von D Shoes

The company took more than two years to create the Von D shoe collection and collaborated with the same family-owned Italian factory which manufactures shoes for Gucci, Jimmy Choo, and Louboutin to ensure quality and finesse.

The 32-style collection features high heels, platforms, boots, flats, slip-ons, creepers, and sneakers and will be available in sizes 5 through 12.

Von D Shoes has currently released only 17 different styles priced from $90 to $350 with the remaining designs to be released in the coming months.

In keeping with her ideals of veganism and animal welfare, Von D’s ethos is reflected in each step of the production process.  Additionally, she has committed to donate some of the proceeds from select shoes to no-kill animal shelters. 

“Von D shoes isn’t just about making beautiful shoes to wear — I wanted to make it easy for people to live a compassionate, cruelty-free life, regardless of whether they’re vegan or not,” said Von D.

The styles have been fast flying off the shelves with the company announcing on Instagram that some sizes have already sold out.

Which is your favorite vegan shoe brand? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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