These non-leather boots were made for walking and sprinting in the rain and snow.
November 5, 2010 6:32 PM   Subscribe

I need vegan men's work boots in size 7 or 7.5. Please help?

Several years ago, I bought the best boots in the history of mankind. They cost about $30 and were Stanley brand (like the tools). They were steel-toed work boots with a pretty solid tread, and they were pretty waterproof. They were made of cheap material, so they were non-leather (but not targeted at vegans). They somehow managed to last me about 6 years. Now I need new ones, and those are no longer on the market.

My budget is about $100 or less, but if they'll last me a long time I could spend a little more, so feel free to suggest something that costs more if it fits my other requirements. The boots need to be completely animal-product free, and they must play well with snow and rain. Ideally, they'll be black, but other dark colors are fine. I spend most of my day walking around outside, so they have be comfortable enough for that. I also need to be able to sprint quickly occasionally. I wear a size 7 or 7.5 (US Mens), which it seems that many companies don't make.

I live in Brooklyn, NY. I'd prefer to buy in person, but am willing to buy online if the site has a decent return policy. I'll also be traveling to Boston later this month if there's someplace I should check out there.

posted by cheerwine to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There's these available online from a UK seller, but I see they do ship to the US. Probably won't be the best suggestion you get, but I had it in me bookmarks so hope it helps. (Their returns policy is on this page)
posted by Abiezer at 6:48 PM on November 5, 2010

I prefer buying vegan shoes, and my first place to look is Payless, oddly enough. Most of their shoes are non-leather, and I try them on carefully and grab online coupons. I'm pretty happy with the results. I'd be even happier if there were a widespread chain of non-sweatshop vegan shoes, but it's halfway there.
posted by dreamyshade at 6:57 PM on November 5, 2010 [1 favorite]

Do they need to be steel-toed? Or just heavy-duty? If it's just heavy-duty, try MooShoes, but you may be looking at paying a little bit more than $100 (these are $95, however).

There are only $68, but you can't try them on first since I believe they're only sold online.

If you're fine with non-all-black, there are some "outdoors" options that are a bit more heavy-duty than a lot of "fashion" boots. They just won't look as good.
posted by darksong at 7:33 PM on November 5, 2010

Seconding payless -- it seems those stanley workboots were sold there originally, and the ones they have now may be the same/similar with a different name. These might be more or less what you're looking for? But I think most if not all on this page are vegan.
posted by brainmouse at 10:00 PM on November 5, 2010

Garmont makes a series of vegan hiking shoes and boots that may do what you need. I've worn the Nagevis for years and can vouch for their excellent out-of-the-box fit (I have narrow-ish feet) and durability.
posted by GodricVT at 9:15 AM on November 6, 2010

Try Muck boots. I have a pair for brewing and plumbing work, and they are super comfortable. They make several steel-toed models, and almost everything they make is vegan.

Since they are designed for wet messy conditions, most models don't have laces, so you want to size them carefully.
posted by Anoplura at 11:53 AM on November 6, 2010

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