Recently, a new dancer in my scene asked me where she could buy decent dance shoes without leather and suede. This led me down a new path – vegan dance shoes!
Most dance shoes have leather, suede or chrome soles. Chrome is a kind of suede with less nap (or pile), which creates less friction and is often used on dance shoes. And then of course the uppers are often suede or patent leather.
Generally speaking, if you buy your shoes from Ebay or another very cheap mass-produced source, it’s more likely they’re going to be totally man-made. But vegans want quality dance shoes too! So recently, a few brands have stepped up and created lines of vegan shoes.
International lead the charge here, with a wide range of vegan shoes in stock. They can also make any of their styles with a vegan sole.
Burju are also making a foray into vegan soles, including the gorgeous Camila shoe above.