I made my own vegan shoes and I want to share with you my experience

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Moretonhampsted, England

Last month I took my first practical step in the world of vegan footwear, something that I had been investigating for a long time and I wanted to work on it with my own hands.

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Green Shoes workshop in Moretonhampsted

My experience took place in the Green Shoes workshop, in Moretonhampsted, England. The workshop is in an old church and the team, with Alison at the front, is very kind and patient.

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Stencils and parts of the boots

The first was to choose the model on which I was going to work, I chose boots and two colors of the same range for their different parts. They work with leather or lorica, which is an Italian material similar to leather but vegan and high quality, I chose this option.

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Tools

These are the tools needed to outline the stencil and lower the edges.

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I am working on the edges

It took me a little to lower the edges, in this material is not easy.

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Sewing in zigzag the heels

We started sewing the part of the heel in zigzag to give it more consistency.

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Sewing the outlines

We proceed to sew the contours, we must be very careful to make the finish good.

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Joining the different parts of the boots

The pieces are joined with a little of glue and then through the sewing machine. This type of footwear is sewn directly to the sole with the help of another machine.

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The boots almost finished

Here you can see the boots almost finished after giving them shape with the lashes, only need to sand and paste the rest of the sole. We had already ran out of the planned time so the boots were left in the workshop and when they were ready they sent them to me by mail.

I must say that the course was very interesting and also a challenge, it made me understand the complex process of handmade shoes. But the most important thing is that it left me the desire to go deeper, so these are the first shoes I have done but will not be the last.

When I received the boots my good friend and photographer Roser Díaz made this beautiful photo shoot. I hope you like it and if you want to know other works by her do not hesitate to go to her website: www.roserdiaz.com

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TOP 10 Vegan sneakers for next Spring

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Vegan sneakers Oslo by Flamingo’s Life (Made in Spain)

March is here, spring is just around the corner and little by little is becoming real. If you need shoes for the new season you might find it in this list of vegan sneakers. Most of them are unisex, their prices vary between 50 and 150 pounds, if you click the link below the picture it will lead you to the brand’s website.

It is all about pastel and white tones, as well as the recycled or innovative materials of NAE (recycled plastic, Piñatex) or EKN. If you like to risk you will find prints like the military or floral.

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Vegan sneakers basic white by NAE (Made in Portugal)

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Vegan sneakers Bamboo runner by EKN (Made in Portugal)

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Vegan sneaker Re-bottle by NAE (Made in Portugal)

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Vegan sneakers Rome trainers by Wills London (Made in Portugal)

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Vegan sneakers Argan low by EKN (Made in Portugal)

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Vegan sneakers Classics Camo by Wills London (Made in Portugal)

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Vegan sneakers Oslo White by Flamingo’s life (Made in Spain)

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Vegan sneakers Holiday low by Veja (Made in Brazil)

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Vegan sneakers Carmen by Veja (Made in Brazil)

I don’t know what to choose, do you?

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