by Guest Contributor Kelsey Davis
Many people today look for ways to be as eco-conscious as possible. Being eco-friendly requires a conscious choice to commit to a certain lifestyle. People who are aware of the need to use the earth’s resources well are those who think carefully about everything they do. They are also those who think carefully about everything they buy. For those who really want to embrace the eco-friendly lifestyle, vegan products are a must. Vegan products are products that are made using no animal products at all in their creation. Many kinds of vegan products can be found on the market. This includes food, housing materials and home decor items. It also includes clothing and footwear. Vegan footwear has become increasingly popular in recent decades. Vegan footwear is shoes, boots and other products that are created in accordance with vegan principles. These principles mean that these shoes are not made from items such as leather that require an animal to be harmed in any way.
For example, if the shoe is intended to be used for winter wear, it will enclose the foot more than a shoe that is designed to be worn at the beach. For many designers, the act of crafting vegan shoes is one that takes some time and thought. In recent years, many new vegan materials have come on the market. Designers today are able to take advantage of these advances to create shoes that are not only elegant but will also last a long time. Materials such as synthetic microfiber look great. The same is true of materials such as PU and EVA that have shown up on runways in recent years. Many companies also use what are known as recycled and virgin rubbers. Other popular choices for vegan footwear include canvas, fabrics and materials that mimic the look of real leather such as faux leather products. Such products have a very similar look to standard shoe materials.
The Next Step
Once a design is in place, the designers will consider which particular materials are best for each part of their line. It’s then off to create a prototype. This prototype allows the design team to test the final product and see how it fits. In some cases, the model will not fit well or may not be quite right for the designer’s line. In that instance, the designer will need to go back and see if they can tweak it. Changes may be made to the size, the details and the overall look. New materials may be substituted. After this process is finished, it’s time to nail down the final look. Vegan shoe designers want to use materials that are not only cruelty-free but will also last for many years. They also want to create shoes that will please the eyes and provide the kind of support that people need as they move through their daily activities. Setting up a production line lets the designer take the idea they have for the shoe, boot or other footwear and let it come to life.
Bringing it to Market
After the shoe has been designed and the process set in motion to create it, it’s time to think about how best to bring it to market. Some companies have outlets they use to sell their vegan shoes directly to the client. Their clients can be sure that all products they purchase are made by those who understand the ideals of vegan footwear. In other cases, company officials may need to find a way to bring their shoes, sandals and boots to traditional stores. Many traditional retailers will stock a wide variety of shoes. However, they may not understand what is behind vegan footwear and why it is so special. This is why a vegan footwear company will frequently have sales reps available to explain their products to stores and the public. Sales reps can demonstrate why these shoes make an ideal addition to any store and how customers benefit from buying and wearing them.
Kelsey is the Managing Editor at The Lux Authority and is trying to balance both her budget and her credit card balance. She likes to live lavish and treat herself when the opportunity allows it. She loves the newest tech, old cars, the smell of rich mahogany, and leather-bound books as well! When she isn’t working, Kelsey is an avid academic, artist, stargazer, blogger, and yoga enthusiast.