GUACHI: my handmade vegan shoes brand

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I am so exiting writing this post on the blog. After more than two years showing other brands and having trained in handcrafted footwear, I am ready to show you my own project: Guachi Shoes.
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My name is Ángela Sánchez, creator, designer and artisan behind GUACHI shoes, vegan shoes full of color and handmade with love in Seville, Spain.

Guachi is an expression of joy!

I like sustainable fashion so I try to use materials that are so, like the recycled tires soles.

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My website is under construction but you can follow me on Instagram @guachishoes and on my Facebook page @guachishoes to stay up to date with all the news and promotions. For more information or orders do not hesitate to write me a PM in these social networks or send me an email to: angela@guachishoes.com

I would very much like to hear your opinion. What model do you like the most? What do you value most when buying shoes? What do you think of recycled tire soles?

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My vegan sneakers

This post is very special for me. I already showed you the first vegan boots I made in England, this time I bring you my first animal free sneakers, with photos of the process step by step. This summer I decided that it was time to really learn how to make shoes and I went to Barcelona where I learned a lot from the artisan Christian Romero, an artisan who really loves his way of life.

I really liked the design process and choosing the fabrics, it is a process that requires time and creativity. When we have thought and outlined our design it is time to start making it real. The first thing we have to do is taping the last, marking the meetings and the height of the heel, and drawing a some basic lines.

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We copy thid on double kraft paper, adapting it and adding margins, creating a kind of glove that fits perfectly to the last. We adjust this cover and develop our own design taking into account certain points on which we work.

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Once we have our design ready we will adapt it to a flat pattern and we will work on the different parts of the shoe separately as if it were a puzzle in which all the pieces must fit.

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We are cutting the fabrics, reinforcements and lining according to the patterns and preparing them for the next step. We have to sew the parts with a lot of care so that we have a uniform stitching that outlines the margins well.

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Sewing the uppers of the sneakers

Assemblig the shoe is quite complex, you have to be patient and work with care to get a good result.

We put the insole on the last and we go assembling the cut, stretching it in several steps, nailing nails in the contour of the sole and sticking it in parts.

Once we have it ready, we fill the center of the sole with cork to make it flat.

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Assemblig the sneakers

 

The sole is also made manually by sanding a series of layers until reaching the desired shape.

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Finally we left the shoes in their lasts for about three days to settle well.

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Here you have the final result, this is a simplified summary but I hope it helps you to understand better the complex process behind the handmade footwear, many hours of work and dedication to create something unique made with love.

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Happy with my handmade sneakers

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My vegan handmade sneakers

What do you think? Do you like this sneakers style?

 

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Beautiful Christmas Gifts

Christmas time is coming! I want to help you in your shopping with these beautiful and animal free presents for everybody: rucksack, guitar strap or natural cosmetics to start the new year in good mood.

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Vegan bag by Dogo (Made in Turkey)

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Vegan belt by NAE (Made in Portugal)

 

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Vegan cosmetic set by Salvaje (Handmade in Spain)

 

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Vegan camera strap by Couch (Handmade in USA)

 

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Soothing water by Potions BCN (Handmade in Spain)

 

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Vegan purse by Vivari (Made in Italy)

 

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Vegan boot for woman by Beyond Skin (Made in Spain)

 

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Vegan boots for man by Burgeois Boheme (Made in Portugal)

 

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Vegan guitar strap by Couch (Handmade in USA)

 

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Vegan rucksack by Dogo (Made in Turkey)

I hope you have lovely Christmas with your friends and family.

Merry Christmas!

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Vegan sandals by Mireia Playà Summer Sales

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Vegan sandals Alison by Mireia Playà

The vegan shoes brand Mireia Playà has some pretty cool designs and a good variety of sandals for this summer and also now with up to 20% discount. If you click on link under the images it will open a new tab to their website.

Its platforms are ideal for summer walks. Also has flat models and others with wide square heel, creating a youthful but comfortable shoe. Many of their sandals have animal print, although for me the black sandals of the first image are the best.

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Vegan sandals Aitana by Mireia Playà

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Vegan sandals Bruna by  Mireia Playà

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Vegan sandals Angelica by Mireia Playà

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Vegan sandals Blake by Mireia Playà

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Vegan sandals Andrea by Mireia Playà

 

Did you know this brand? What sandals are you using this Summer?

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Cruelty free Summer

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Summer is here! If you are lucky this is your time for a little break. I want to help you with the list of things you need to take for your perfect holidays, all suitable for vegans. Hope this can help you!

As always, if you are interested in any product click on the link of the brand to go to their website.

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Backpack made with recycled tire rubber, handmade in Nottingham (England) by Paguro.

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Small bag made by Susie Faulks in Stroud (England).

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Beach bag handmade by Create and Case in London (England).

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Sun protection 30 FPS of pomegranate and Goji berries by Eco Cosmetics (Made in Germany), you can buy them through the website Idun Nature.

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Shampoo for dry or sun damaged hair made with aloe vera and cocoa butter by Potions (Made in Barcelona, ​​Spain).

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Sandstone soap with citrus scent and exfoliating, ideal for summer, by Lush.

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Nail paint free from DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin by Spa Rituals (Made in Los Angeles, USA).

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Bamboo sandals for men and women by Vesica Piscis (Made in Elche, Spain).

What would you add to this list of essentials? Do you recommend another brands?

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5 vegan unisex sandals Summer 2017

As you know there are always less models of shoes for men than for women, in fact you have left me some comment about it, so with this entry of unisex vegan sandals I hope you all will be happy 🙂

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Vegan sandals Open Strap by Vegetarian shoes

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Vegan sandals The Caribbean Space by Flamingo’s Life

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Vegan sandals Alec by Good Guys

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Vegan sandals The Caribbean Burgundy by Flamingo’s Life

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Vegan sandal Darco by NAE

I like the design of the Flamingo`s life white sandals with colors.  But if you are looking for something more natural I recommend the NAE sandals that are made with Piñatex (fiber pineapple) and cork.

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Bella Storia, vegan shoes designed in London and handmade in Italy

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Lucas shoes for men by Bella Storia Vegan

I have discovered a new brand of vegan shoes that I was looking forward to share with you, this is Bella Storia Vegan, their shoes are designed in London and made in Italy by artisans from Tuscany. To make them they use environmentally friendly materials such as eco-friendly microfiber, hemp, cork or recycled plastic bottles.

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Lucas shoes for men by Bella Storia Vegan

They have a single model for men but in different colours and a very original special version made with recycled Hawaiian shirts that you can see in the first picture.

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Ginevra sandals by Bella Storia Vegan

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Amanda sandals by Bella Storia Vegan

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Sofia sandals by Bella Storia Vegan

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Paris sandals by Bella Storia Vegan

As for models for women we find a variety of interesting sandals, such as this with fringes that I love, and other types of shoes from heels to sneakers so I suggest you to visit their website to know them.

 

 

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Slowers, vegan shoes made in Spain new collection

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Jove shoes for men by Slowers

This is not the first time I show you Slowers vegan shoes made in Spain, but here you have the new collection for this season. They are made under de slow philosophy and using organic cotton, jute and other natural materials.

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Apolo shoes for men by Slowers

The espadrilles are a clasic model but these are made in bright colors for women and for men. They are perfect for sunny days.

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Medea shoes for women by Slowers

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Gea shoes for women by Slowers

This time they introduce sandals made from organic cotton.

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Diana sandals for women by Slowers

Without doubt my favorite model are these sandals with print inspired by nature, goes directly to my wish list.

Did you know this Spanish brand? Do you know a similar project in your country? Do not hesitate to leave a comment.

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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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