Scotland’s newest shoe brand, the latest in vegan footwear…

…and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

Vote in FitFlop’s London College of Fashion design comp

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be a judge to decide on the shortlist for FitFlop’s BA Cordwainer’s Footwear Design competition. We had to whittle down a room full of amazing entires, which had been submitted by students on the course, to our top five. They had been given a choice of three FitFlop soles, and the brief to design a shoe or sandal for a younger customer.

And it wasn’t easy to decide! The designs varied hugely, with some really interesting research and inspiration on show. We were particularly impressed with the five designs we chose because of their innovative ideas.

If you head over to the FitFlop website – here – you can not only see the top five for yourself and read more about their designers, but vote for your favourite to win! Can you guess which one I like the best?

The wellies kickstarting the Scottish boot industry

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Thanks to Twitter, I have discovered a new brand. Bòtann is making vegan sustainable rubber boots in conjunction with another label I love – Novesta – with the intention of  creating employment in Scotland, where the boots are designed.

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Aren’t they lovely? I especially like the white ones. If you want to get involved in getting this cool fledgling business off the ground, head over to Bòtann’s Kickstarter page – here– before April 11th.

READ MORE: 5 EASY WAYS TO BE A MORE SUSTAINABLE SHOPPER

Speaking of vegan shoes…

Last week Seven Feet Apart launched its new vegan range. I’ve had a good inspection of a pair for myself and I can honestly say that this faux leather is amazing! The only giveaway that they’re not real leather is the smell. In addition, SFA can guarantee that there are no animal products in either the soles or the glues used, and as an added bonus, the laces are made from recycled polyester.

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Seven Feet Apart Vegan 172, £157 (sevenfeetapart.com)

They are currently available in the brand’s classic 172 style in white or black, which I highly recommend for both comfort and the ability to look great with everything from jeans to a fancy floral frock.

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Vagabond vegan sandals, £70 (vagabond.com)

Meanwhile, Swedish shoe makers Vagabond have also launched a non-animal range (here). I have a couple of pairs of Vagabond shoes and I really rate them for comfort, plus the prices are really good. I was also very impressed to learn that this brand has a full sustainability report on its website (Swedish brands in general are very good at this).

That’s all the headlines for this week!