We have come a long way since Veggie Shoes first started in 1990.
When I started the business back then I made all the shoes by hand. In fact, originally I only made one style – a basic lace up shoe.
Then I made an exciting discovery, -a synthetic Microfibre material used for yachting upholstery. It looked and felt like supple leather, but was ‘breathable’, unlike other plastics. After some experimenting, I realised that this was what I had been looking for, and Vegetarian Shoes was born.
The range of styles quickly grew, as well as shoes I made boots, sandals and belts from this new fabric.
Every thing was made to order and as the word spread I got busier and busier to the point where I could not make the things fast enough! So I took my material to a footwear factory to get them to make shoes for us. Now I had a stock that I could mail-order to veggies all over the country!
Most of our shoes are made-to-order for us, exclusively to our specification in European and English factories.
Vegetarian Shoes is still a small business. We still operate out of our Gardner Street Shop and nearby office. We now send shoes all over the world and a growing number of stores carry a selected range.