I don’t intend to make a case for or against leather. It’s a personal choice and I respect that. As an animal lover and PETA volunteer, I gave up leather few years ago. Watches, belts, bags were easy to replace but finding animal friendly shoes was a struggle. It was hard enough to find the perfect fit, given my embarrassingly small and narrow feet and to top that with my veggie constraint- shoe shopping became a mission! Non-leather ones either lacked style (very boring, very classic) or the odd few such as Stella McCartney were outside my budget.
When we started Kanabis, it was a no brainer that all our products would be 100% vegetarian. Style, comfort and quality were of course priority and if we can play with funky fabrics on our shoes, are we really missing leather?!