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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Good Mood Moon: vegan bags handmade in Ukraine

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Jhonny Ten clutch by Good Mood Moon

I love this brand of handmade vegan bags by July and Alex in Ukraine. They are passionate about animals and nature, so 5% of the orders is used to help organizations that care for abandoned animals. The design of their bags and accessories is minimalist but full of color contrasts, perfect for this spring.

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Floria bag by Good Mood Moon

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Frida bag by Good Mood Moon

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Charisma tote bag by Good Mood Moon

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CarryMe clutch by Good Mood Moon

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Stella bag by Good Mood Moon

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Front handle for clutch by Good Mood Moon

I recommend you to visit their shop in Etsy where you will surely find the perfect color combination for you.

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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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5 Vegan colourful rucksacks

 

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Rucksack by Sugulovas (Handmade in Lithuania)

I love wearing a rucksack, it is so practical and also can be so cool and colourful than these that I bring you today. All of them are vegan and handmade, if you want to know more about the brands follow the links below the pictures, they worth it.

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Rucksack by Konvaliya (Handmade in Ukraine)

 

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Rucksack by Velibardo (Handmade in Bulgaria)

 

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Rucksack by Freerangers (Handmade in England)

 

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Rucksack by Cycochik (Handmade in United States)

 

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Rucksack by Cycochik (Handmade in Unites States)

Will you wear the rucksack with the panther print? or Is your style more minimal like the first one?

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NUMON, upcycling you can create something beautiful

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Picture from NUMON Facebook

Some of you have spoken to me on the social media about this brand, and it was time for NUMON to have its blog post.
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Ramón & Núria in NUMON workshop

Núria is passionate about recycling and vintage style, she studied Fashion Design and when she finished she had a dream: to create “Bags with history”. In 2009 she met his partner Ramon, who made wallets with recycled comics as a hobby, which today still sell through their website. Together they launched NUMON, although at present only Núria is behind this interesting project, a brand of recycled and vegan accessories, handmade in her small workshop in Reus.
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Flight bag by NUMON

They use disused household clothes: tablecloths, sheets … vintage fabrics that recycle and give a touch of originality to their accesories where we can find from bags, gym bags or rucksacks, to cushions.

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Bag backpack by NUMON

Their backpacks-bag are very convenient.

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Collage bag by NUMON

Their handbags feature adjustable high quality imitation leather strap (suitable for vegans). They are produced in Italy and have the Ecolabel certificate. Durable and washable.

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Gym bag by NUMON

Since they are recycled, their production is very diverse and with limited units.

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Cushion by NUMON

They have accessories such as briefcases, cushions, purses and dressing cases.

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Picture from NUMON Instagram

I would like to have one of their rucksacks soon, but it will be difficult for me to decide with this beautiful variety of fabrics.

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Ahinsa: vegan barefoot shoes, made in Czech Republic

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Ballerina Sundara by Ahinsa Shoes

Ahinsa is making  vegan, barefoot and ethical handmade shoes in Czech Republic.

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Casual Sundara by Ahinsa Shoes

Their are certified as Fur Free Retailer. They use some sustainable materials like recycled tire for soles or recycled jean fabric for upper. Also, 20,-CZK from each pair of shoes sold is donated to Nadace Partnerství for planting and protecting trees.

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Flower Sundara by Ahinsa Shoes

Barefoot shoes are trendy. The shoes are designed to reduce the amount they limit the natural function of the foot, allowing you to walk as if you were barefoot. Features:

  • enough space for the toes (wide front of the shoe) – your toes are able to sufficiently grip and rebound, the foot arch is naturally stimulated
  • zero heel – the feet (and whole body) are in a natural and balanced position, the joints are centered (optimally loaded)
  • thin and flexible sole – the feet can “read the terrain”, the brain is receiving essential information necessary to maintain balance, the feet can adequately respond to changes in terrain, the rebound allows for optimal power transfer on the floor
  • minimal shoe weight – less weight on your feet for a more natural gait, feels like walking barefoot
  • shoes do not deform the feet and can reduce injuries – encourages natural foot movement, increases strength in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the foot and lower leg that can help reduce the chance of injuries

 

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Black anckle Sundara by Ahinsa Shoes

In their website you can see step by step the complex production process of this shoes. Since they are handmade they are a bit overprice if you compare with other brands that I have been talking but you have to pay for ethical handmade work.

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Ballerina Swarovski by Ahinsa Shoes

These ballerinas with Swarovski cystals are a new model.  They are pretty cool, don’t you think so?

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Flamingo’s Life: vegan sneakers Made in Spain

In my first post of the year I want to share a new vegan shoes brand that I just discovered: Flamingo’s Life.  They started in 2015 making sandals with recycled materials and are based in La Rioja.

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Oslo Burgundy Caramel by Flamingo’s Life

They make unisex sneakers inspired by surf, skate and nature, with a natural rubber sole. They are Vegan Approved by PETA.

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Oslo All White by Flamingo’s Life

Their colors are white, brugundy, green, black, grey or blue, and they came with two different pairs of laces that you can combine as you like.

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Alberta Black Caramel by Flamingo’s Life

This month they have realeased a solidary campaign, when you buy an Alberta model they give another pair to Fundación Amigo NGO for socially excluded people.

If you don’t want to lose any of their special offers or limited edition you can follow them in the social media.

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Finding vegan and handmade gifts in Bristol

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Made in Bristol Gift Fest

Some days ago I walked to Bristol city centre looking for some Christmas gifts. I went to the Made in Bristol Gift Fest, I found some interesting things like natural cosmetic or prints but nothing to buy for my people.

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Bristol street art

During the weekends The Harbourside Market is a nice place to go for a walk, you can find there second hand books, handmade stuff, street food… and lots of people having a good time.

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The Harbourside Market

In this market I found some good presents. This stall with bike tyre belts is always there. I like them because they are sustainable, vegan, durable and handmade.

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Handmade recycled bike tyre belts

I bought this for a special gift.

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Handmade recycled bike tyre belt gift

I found a great handmade and natural cosmetics brand, Wild Sage & Co, the girl in the stall was lovely, she is the daughter of the woman behind this. You can have a look to their products in the web.

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Most of their products are vegan but some balms with bee wax. After try some of them in the stall I decided to get two of Frankincense+Shea Balm, one for me and one for my sister. It smelled so good, pure nature. I love using it on my face before go to bed, next morning your skin is soft and ready to star a new day.

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I bought this perfect gift, a natural soaps set wich smell is amazing too.

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Natural soaps set by Wild Sage & Co

Did you already get all your Christmas gifts? I am on it!

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Handmade Teepees, a great gift for children

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Fun with Mum (Handmade in Poland)

When I was a child as same as you I loved to make my own place where play and keep my most values toys, that is why I think a teepee can be a lovely gift for a kid and something beautiful to improve your home decoration.

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Contempohome (Handmade in England)

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Babilleset Babioles (Handmade in Canada)

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Teepeetoshka (Handmade in Ukraine)

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Babilleset Babioles (Handmade in Canada)

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Sugar Shacks Teepees (Handmade in United States)

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Mud Putty (Handmade in England)

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Wildthings Dresses (Handmade in England)

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Sugar Shacks Teepees (Handmade in United States)

 

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Cozydots (Handmade in Poland)

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The Craft Shop UK (Handmade in England)

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Casa Papa (Handmade in England)

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EE Teepee (Handmade in United States)

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Katukatu (Handmade in Lithuania)

I really like teepees with nature decoration like Casa Papa`s and the one with the space from Mud Putty is pretty cool. Which one do you think is the coolest?

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