Vegan shoes... let's face it, it's tough to find high quality shoes that are comfortable, well made, and most importantly for those who are trying to eschew the use of animal products, aren't made of leather.
Living in the Los Angeles area, finding vegan restaurants (or just finding vegan options at other restaurants) has gotten much easier over the years. The same can't be said for vegan footwear, at least in my experience; every time I looked for a pair of shoes that I liked they were either made of leather or were made cheaply or were uncomfortable.
A while back I learned about Wills London, an online shoe store that only sells "vegan shoes". The nice folks at Wills London contacted us and offered to send me a pair of shoes free of charge to try out. I indicated that Vegan Bits provides its readers with honest reviews of products that we consider, as such, there would be a possibility that the review would not be favorable. The company's president, Will, was quite confident that I would be happy with their product. He said:
The ethos of Wills is to produce vegan, ethical fashion that is high quality and affordable. My dream is to bridge the gap between everyday people and ethically produced vegan shoes. We focus on making a quality product and think you will agree when you try your brogues out. Saying that – you are very welcome to write whatever you think is reasonable about them.
I looked at their website and found a pair that I liked, but before ordering them, I noticed that there was a negative review indicating that the soles were not made well. I mentioned to Will that my main concern was quality, especially the soles. He wrote:
Just so you know – that review was referring to an older style of this shoe with an EVA grey sole (not the harder wearing welted version we have been using for about 9 months). You will find the sole you have will last you a LONG time – don’t just take my word for it of course and wear test them yourself. I have a pair and speak from my own experience as well as what my customers feedback.
I ordered the Continental Brogues. They were shipped from Europe to the USA free of charge via DHL. They arrived just a few days after I placed the order. I delayed writing this review for a while so that I could wear them for a while and see how they felt and check on the wear-and-tear give before giving them a fair assessment.
I am thrilled to write that I am very happy with their shoes. I feel that they are stylish, comfortable and have shown no signs of wear. As such, I would happily recommend Wills London to anyone seeking "vegan shoes".
Wills has a large, growing variety of stylish vegan shoes for both men and women. It's great to find a shoe store that not only do they carry vegan shoes, but one that only sells vegan shoes, so there's no worry about liking a pair of shoes only to find that they are made of leather.
It's wonderful that they ship their shoes to the USA free of charge. And, if you are dissatisfied with the shoes, they will take them back, with free return shipping as well!
My only issue is price, the shoes aren't cheap; they aren't terribly expensive, but they're a bit more than I'm used to paying for shoes. But you get what you pay for; if you want cheaper shoes, you can buy shoes that are inferior. Wills London provides quality vegan shoes. If paying a little bit more for shoes is necessary in order to get high quality, comfortable, and vegan shoes, then that's what I'll be doing in the future.
UPDATE: just before I published this article, I noticed that the prices seem to have come down since I received my pair. The shoes that I received are now selling for $117. That's very reasonable! So that removes price as a concern of mine, I will DEFINITELY be doing my future shoe shopping a Wills!
If you are interested in seeing what Wills London has to offer, here's a link: http://wills-vegan-shoes.com/
You can check them out on FaceBook as well: https://www.facebook.com/willsveganshoes