A new vegan shoe brand…

…and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

Very nice vegan boots

Something I get asked about a lot is where to buy vegan shoes. I’m not a vegan myself, but the origins of the materials that my shoes are made from is something that is becoming increasingly interesting to me, especially since I gave up eating meat a year ago. So I was really happy when NAK (which stands for ‘No Animal Killed’) got in touch and asked if I would like to try out a pair of shoes.

NAK ‘Camilla’ Chelsea boots, £250, and NAK ‘Virginia’ laced boots, £270 (nakfashion.com)

NAK is a London-based brand that uses Italian techniques to make its women’s and men’s footwear. The offering is still quite limited, and there are some very high heels which are obviously not for me (!) so I decided to opt for a simple Chelsea boot; a style called ‘Camilla’. I know from having spoken to vegan friends that winter is the trickiest time to find footwear, so thought that these – along with the ‘Virginia’ lace-up boot and ‘Vivien’ long boot – would be the most useful on offer.

NAK ‘Vivien’ boots in black or brown, £360 (nakfashion.com)

They feel lovely – very lightweight (3 times lighter than leather, in fact) and comfortable – and they really look like they are made from leather. They also have a practical Vibram sole and I love the signature turquoise detailing on the heel. At £250 they don’t come cheap, but the idea behind the brand is to bring the same quality and artisan craftsmanship to a vegan shoe as you would get with a high end Italian leather one. The shoes are made using a hand-made process and all materials are sourced from close to its northern Italian workshop to limit the impact on the environment. That – along with the fact that there are lots of dogs featured in their imagery – is an ethos I can definitely get on board with.


Grenson’s amazing House of Holland boots have dropped

You may remember last London Fashion Week that I spotted these INCREDIBLE Grenson boots on the catwalk at the House of Holland show. They are a vamped up version of the ever-popular ‘Nanette’ hiking boot style and I LOVE THEM. It’s London Fashion Week again this week, and although I won’t be going to as many shows as usual because I don’t work at a newspaper anymore, I’ll be heading to a few that have a shoe-related focus, so will report back in next week’s Shoes News!

Grenson x House of Holland ‘Nanette’ boots in black or brown, £395 (grenson.com)

Meanwhile, you can watch Grenson’s head honcho Tim Little talking to the ever-lovely Henry Holland about his career and the collaboration here.

3 of the best…fancy emblem flats

Micro trend alert! Slip-ons that look like they are wearing a brooch. Cute!

Kurt Geiger tweed slippers, £99 (kurtgeiger.com); Office bow loafers, £69 (office.co.uk); Zara crab loafers, £39.99 (zara.com)

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