Vegan Wares – Smith Street, CollingwoodJanuary 5, 2008
Fancy that – Melbourne has its own shoemaking craftspeople! Not only that, but shoemaking craftspeople who make 100% animal product free shoes. And the piece de resistance – these “vegan” shoes are not a hippie’s Glastonbury nightmare but in fact really well made beautiful shoes.Like the shoemakers in childrens fairy tales, the Vegan Wares people make all of their shoes themselves on the site of the shop. Their website takes you through a tour of the factory and gives a bit of background about why they continue to make their own shoes – quality control. Vegan wares promise that their shoes are durable and comfy – as well as stylish – and will see out years of wear. Styles include Victoriana, 20s shoes, even sneakers, boots for men and women including vegan Dr Martins style boots, hiking shoes and sandals. These shoes really are rather beautiful: I can’t resist putting a couple of photos below.
They also make shoes to order, which you can arrange by contacting them at their premises or via their website. You can also modify the colours of any of their existing styles and have a pair made just for you!
The best thing about Vegan wares: 1) the shoes are vegan – duh! 2) they’re beautiful and durable 3) they’re made right here in Melbourne.
The downside: they’re not cheap. The average pair of shoes costs around $200, which places them at the upper end of the shoe market. But they will last rather a long time unless you run over them several times with a tractor… Details:78 Smith Street Collingwood, 3066, Australia (Approximately 30 metres north of Langridge Street)Shop opening hours:Mon – Sat: 11am – 5pmSunday: ClosedOther times by appointmentPublic Transport: Tram no. 86 from Bourke Street Melbourne CBD, passes our door.