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What Even is Vegan Style? How to Tell if Your Clothes And Shoes Are Vegan

The booming trend of vegan style and fashion comes as no surprise after millions of millennials and younger generations drop animal foods from their diets. An obvious next step for these ethically-minded individuals is stripping animal products from their wardrobe and beauty routine. But where do you even get started? What even is vegan style? How can you tell if a shoe is vegan? How can you tell if a piece of clothing is vegan?  I’ll answer all these questions and more within this post. By the way, can you tell all four of my outfits below are vegan?

how to tell if shoes are vegan

What is Vegan Style?

Let’s be real, “vegan” can be a scary word.  It’s a loaded term that has a wide array of interpretations depending on who you ask. Let me offer some clarity on how I define “vegan”. I define vegan as a diet and lifestyle that uses zero animal products or animal by-products. I don’t wear fur, silk, feathers, leather, wool, or use any other product that comes from animals. You may be asking yourself,  “Well what do vegans wear?” It seems restrictive but it’s really not, in fact, you’re probably already wearing vegan outfits all the time and you don’t even know it.

How Do I Know If My Outfit Is Vegan?

Figuring out if your outfit is vegan is pretty simple. Grab an item of clothing and look at the tag. If the tag lists any of the following materials, it is not vegan. If it doesn’t, it is vegan. 

  • Angora
  • Calf hair
  • Calfskin
  • Cashmere
  • Down
  • Feathers
  • Faux feathers
  • Fur
  • Fox Fur
  • Leather
  • Merino wool
  • Rabbit Fur
  • Silk
  • Shearling
  • Suede
  • Snakeskin
  • Wool

If your garment doesn’t contain any of these animal materials, then congratulations, it’s vegan! 

How to tell if shoes are vegan?

There are a few different ways to tell if a shoe is vegan or not. Grab a pair of your shoes and look on the upper inner area near the heel. There you’ll find the shoe material composition listed. You can also find this information on the back of the shoe tongue, on the band of the shoe, or on the strap of women’s heels. The most common animal materials used in shoemaking are the following. If the shoe contains any of these materials, it is not vegan.

  • Calf hair
  • Calfskin
  • Fur
  • Fox Fur
  • Leather
  • Rabbit Fur
  • Silk
  • Shearling
  • Suede
  • Snakeskin

If your shoes don’t contain any of the materials listed above, then congratulations they’re vegan!

What Are Those Symbols on the Bottom of Shoes?

You can also look at the bottom of a shoe to see if it’s vegan. Most shoes will have a clear sticker with black or gold symbols indicating what that shoe is made from. Use the key below to figure out if your shoes are vegan or not. The two symbols on the left are not vegan. The first sign is the universal symbol for leather, aka cow skin. The second symbol is for coated leather. The third symbol is for textile; this indicates the shoe is made form fabrics, typically viscose or cotton. The last symbol (first on the right) stands for all other materials, including man made materials. Man made materials are synthetic materials, you’ll typically see “all man made materials” printed on the bottom or inside of nearly all vegan leather shoes. 


Here’s an example of leather symbols on the bottom of a leather shoe

Example of faux leather symbol on the bottom of a vegan leather shoe

For higher-end shoes, it’s common to see the leather symbol embedded in the shank of the shoe.


Some of the best vegan and cruelty-free fashion brands

There are currently lots of amazing vegan fashion brands offering cruelty-free shoes and clothing. The vegan fashion scene has really eploded this past year. Dozens of new brands have launched just in the the last year from 2018 to 2019, and there are currently dozens more preparing to launch. Even history fashion houses like Gucci and Hugo boss have dropped some animal products and introduced faux fur and vegan shoes.

Perhaps the most well known vegan fashion brand (and one of my favorites) is Stella McCartney. Her ultra recognizable handbags are stylish and mimic suede really well and are completely vegan. Click on any of the products below to shop. 

Cult of Coquette

One of my favorite vegan high heels shoe brands is Cult of Coquette. If you’re looking for a vegan version or just a cheaper version of a Christian Louboutin So Kate heel, take a look at Cult of Coquette’s Gloria heels. They’re nearly identical to the So Kate heel but they’re cruelty-free! Another great shopping site for vegan shoes is Beyon Skin. They offer a wide range of vegan shoes and accessories for women; they even offer vegan bridal shoes!

Will’s Vegan Store

For men’s vegan leather shoes, one of my favorite online retailers is Will’s Vegan Store. They offer a wide range of men’s vegan leather shoes from many different vegan and sustainable brands. They options range from casaul sneakers to high end dress shoes. If you want good quality vegan men’s shoes or vegan leather belts and accessories, take a look at Will’s Vegan Store.

A Special Note About Feathers

Feathers are often used as accessories or as embellishments on clothing. Most recently, we saw gowns at the MET gala made almost entirely of feathers. While feathers on some of those brightly hued gowns can seem fake, unfortunately, they are entirely real. You may have purchased a feather boa or feathers from your local craft store at some point in your life. Those feathers are also real, meaning they come from real birds. Bird are forcibly held down and violently plucked without, any sedative, for their feathers. The birds are often left bloody, hurt, but still alive to be plucked again in the near future. 

Fake Feathers Are Not Fake

After posting about Kylie Jenner’s feather-embellished MET gala on my instagram feed, I received a few dozen messages and comments stating those feathers were fake. They certainly look fake and I wish they were but they are not. Brightly colored or patterned feathers look fake because they are dyed or stamped with unnatural looking colors. You can find “faux feathers” for sale online or at you local craft store, however they are not fake. They are marked as “faux” because they have been dyed or stamped so they no longer have their natural color; however, they are still sourced from real birds.

The only true faux feathers that I’ve been able to find, that are not sourced from animals, are made from wood or paper and you can certainly tell they are not real bird feathers. As of the writing of this post, I have not been able to find a vendor for authentic looking non-animal sourced feathers. I messaged several dozen online retailers marketing faux-feathers and they confirmed their feathers are sourced from animals. They are listed as “faux” because they are dyed or altered to look unnatural. If you’re buying a garment or accessory with feathers, chances are those feathers are real and you should look for a cruelty-free alternative.

20 Best Vegan Perfumes for Mother’s Day for Every Budget

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20 Best Vegan Perfumes for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is exactly one week from today. Like millions Americans, I gift my mom a perfume for Mother’s Day every year. Since going vegan, this has been a bit challenging, mostly because I didn’t know the terrain. But now, my vegan perfume wishlist is nearly endless! Last year I got my mom perfume pick number fifteen after receiving both her fragrances “Saint” #15 and “Sinner” #16 as a PR package over a year ago. I love them both equally. Saint has a cleaner, fresh aroma while Sinner is a bit more sexy, however, both are bold scents. And the bottle are just stunning, true pieces of art, they just look great sitting on any vanity.

You can feel good about gifting any one of these picks because every single one these perfumes vegan and cruelty-free. One of my all-time favorites vegan perfumes is Stella McCartney’s perfume “Stella” #8. This was my favorite scent for the longest time, I used to carry the roller ball version around with me in my purse at all times. Most of these vegan perfumes pics are high end but there are some more budget friendly options too like #2, #4, #6, and  #9. One of these perfumes even helps support families in nations rebuilding after war, that’s pick #20— and it’s organic too!

My current favorite is pick #10, Olive Atelier’s More than the Stars. I discovered this perfume back in March during our trip to Kauai. While waiting for my coffee one day inside a crowded cafe, I  decided to pop into the little boutique next door. It had the best selection of clothing, beauty, accessories, and kids items. This perfume was sitting on a display next to the prettiest gold jewelry. Its distinct gold bulb atomizer caught my eye. I was instantly smitten with it. It’s hard to describe because I’ve never smelled anything like it before. Curious to know what was in it, I read the brand’s description of this scent as I stood there in that little shop. Here’s part of what it said:

“How much love can a human heart hold?  How far is its reach, how deep its depth?   What keeps us here, now – the fathomless unending love we have for our children, for each other – and hopefully, one day – ourselves.  Our love is around the world and back again – it’s More Than The Stars.”

I was sold.

It contains a top note of almond, middle notes of stargazer lily and gardenia, and base notes of Egyptian Musk, fresh sandalwood, essential vanilla, and Brazilian vetiver. If you’re looking for a scent you can wear all year round, this is the one you’ve been looking for.



Calvin Klein Lace Up Sandals






It’s been nearly 7 weeks since my baby was born. At times, it feels like it’s been much longer but conversely, time seems to be flying by. My wardrobe didn’t really change after birth, I’m still living in James Perse dresses. I got these Calvin Klein sandals a few months ago, I had completely forgotten about them. They’re now on sale for under $50! Diaper changing, spit up wiping, and baby’s laundry tend to eclipse the day, leaving little to no time for putting together outfits. I have several other items I’m really excited to shoot (if I ever find the time, lol).

Dress: James Perse | Cardigan: Thrifted (similar here) | Shoes: Calvin Klein ( on sale under $50!) | Purse: Stella McCartney | Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana (similar)

Military Jacket & Rockstud Pumps







I wanted  to do an outfit post with these shoes as soon as I got them. You’d think I’d be sick of seeing them since it seems like everyone and their mother owns a pair, or two five. Well, there’s a reason why Valentino’s Rockstud pumps have stuck around for so long, they’re awesome. They go with practically everything and are possibly the easiest way to give an outfit a little edge without going overboard. They’re also comfortable. I opted for the higher heel (4 inches, they also come in 2.5 inches), however, they feel much lower than 4 inches.


Jacket: Love Tree (similar here and here)

Top: ATM

Jeans: Joe’s Jeans

Shoes: Valentino

Sunglasses: McQ Alexander McQueen

Watch: Citizen

Purse: Stella McCartney

Necklace: Forever21

Kimono Coat





I’m kind of obsessed with this linen kimono coat. I love the drapey effect that the woven linen creates. I’d been searching for a soft trench coat when I stumbled across this Tibi coat and immediately knew it would be mine. The material looked very light weight when I was looking at it online but when I received it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it’s a heavy weight linen. It’s the perfect transitional piece for going from fall to winter since it can still be layered under an overcoat.


Coat: Tibi

Dress: Marquez

Shoes: YSL (similar)

Bag: Stella McCartney (similar)

Sunglasses: Kate Spade

Free People Black Maxi Dress






Can you believe how quickly this month has flown by?! I’ve been so busy working on a cookbook that I haven’t had much time for anything else. Autumn is quickly creeping up on us and I’m so happy for long maxi dresses like this one by Free People. It’s such a transitional piece, perfect for moving from summer to fall. This particular maxi dress style is SO hard to find. I was extremely bummed when I went to order it online only to realize it was sold out in my size. A few weeks later I go into Nordstrom’s for some retail therapy and lo and behold, there is the dress, in my size, and on sale. It was meant to be.

Dress: Free People

Shoes: Christian Louboutin

Bag: Stella McCartney


Theory Wide Leg Pants








Lightweight, flowy silk, isn’t it fantastic? These Theory wide-leg silk pants had me the instant I spotted them. Lately, I seem to pick flowy silk pieces nearly 90% of the time I’m out shopping. Given the current season, especially being in Las Vegas, I suppose it’s not an odd choice. I absolutely love the geometric print on these pants and the elasticized waist makes you feel like you’re wearing pajamas, but you know, much more chic ones.


Top: Theory

Pants: Theory

Cardigan: Coin (similar)

Shoes: Saint Laurent

Bag: Stella McCartney

Black and Nude

mesh-2 mesh-3 mesh-4 mesh-5 mesh-6 mesh-1I’m currently completely obsessed with these decorative bralettes from Free People, they are so gorgeous! I typically pin a low cut top like this so it doesn’t accidentally fall open. But having a decorative bralette underneath just slightly peaking out is so fun. They’re so delicate and beautiful. I definitely like this option better than pinning the shirt because pinning the soft delicate material leaves a small mark, which is no good. Also, how awesome are these Gucci sandals? I can’t believe I haven’t photographed them sooner. They go with literally everything.

Top: James Perse

Bralette: Free People

Jacket: BCBGeneration

Pants: James Perse

Shoes: Gucci (similar here, here, here, and here.)

Bag: Stella McCartney

Watch: Citizen

Sunglasses: Fendi


Plaid Pants Punk

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Plaid was something I’d been, for the longest time, reluctant to wear. The pattern can be intimidating but it’s actually really easy to wear. Plaid would exclusively remind me of punk rock chicks or Catholic school uniforms. Since I am neither, I stayed away form these looks thinking they weren’t my style. The trick, however, is to take a strong element from a look—like the ones below, for example— and interpret it your own way so that you feel comfortable and like yourself. Plaid overload works for Gwen because she’s the front woman of a rock band, and she’s…well, Gwen Stefani: fashion icon—duh.

Unless you’re Gwen Stefani, wearing plaid this way for everyday can be tricky.

Since I am most definitely not the front woman of a rock band (I do all of my singing in the shower—fun fact!), I paired my Kut from the Kloth plaid pants with a black ribbed tank from James Perse to keep it casual, and a cashmere blend wrap from DKNY. The drapey cashmere wrap adds a touch of luxe but keeps the overall look of the outfit effortlessly casual. Simple black sandals complete the look.

Wearing Kut from the Kloth pants, James Perse daily ribbed tank, DKNY wrap cardigan, Steve Madden sandals, and Stella McCartney Falabella tote.


GROMMET-15 GROMMET-3 GROMMET-14 GROMMET-4 GROMMET-5 GROMMET-9A black pencil skirt is one of the most useful buys you’ll ever make. Personally, I like pencil skirts that hit below the knee and have a bit of stretch to them. A small amount of stretch that allows the material to hug your body but doesn’t appear shiny, is perfect. This one from H&M has 5% elastane. It was quite inexpensive and I use it so frequently I’m surprised it’s lasted this long. I love the way this skirt works with these grommet sandals. They just came in the mail a couple days ago and they’re my new favorite shoes! I bought these as soon as I saw them because they reminded me of some Guiseppe Zanotti sandals I saw a little while back. The GZ ones are just a bit different but equally as gorgeous and they’re on sale now!

Wearing I.N.C draped blouse (similar here), H&M midi pencil skirt (similar here), Steve Madden grommet sandals, Stella McCartney Falabella tote, and NARS velvet matte lip pencil in “Cruella.


Una falda estilo lápiz es una de las compras más útiles que usted hará. Personalmente, a mi gustan las faldas estilo lápiz que caen justo debajo de la rodilla y teinen un poco de elasticidad. Una pequeña cantidad de elasticidad que permite que el material abrace a su cuerpo, pero no aparece brillante, es perfecto. Esta falda es de H & M tiene un 5% elastano. Fue  bastante barata y la uso con tanta frecuencia que me sorprende que haya durado tanto tiempo. Me encanta la forma en que esta falda van con estas sandalias de ojal. Acaban de venir en el correo hace un par de días y son mis nuevos zapatos favoritos! Los compré tan pronto como los vi porque me recordaron algunas sandalias de Giuseppe Zanotti que vi hace un rato atras. Los de GZ son un poco diferentes, pero igual de hermosos y están a la venta!