It's easy to dress with care and still have the look. Many regular shoe stores carry these alternatives - just check the tag and look for "All Man-made Materials" or similar. If you can't find a tag, take note of the brand and style and call the parent company. For a detailed list of brands with telephone numbers, click here.
Here's some details to look out for on product tags and where they come from:
- Down/Feathers :: Geese and ducks.
- Cashmere/Mohair :: Goat fur.
- Angora :: Rabbit fur.
- Broadtail/Karakul : Lamb skin.
- Alpaca/Llama :: Alpaca/llama fur.
- Felt :: Made with wool.
- Wool :: Sheep fur.
- Silk :: Silk worms.
- Leather :: Cows, dogs and others.
- Fur :: An assortment of soft animals.
- "Faux" fur :: Sometimes from dogs/cats.
- Pearls/Shells :: Oysters.
While there may not be alternatives to absolutely all of these, what's important is not sacrificing lives for fashion.
There are also a number of strictly vegan clothing companies online that also fight against using animals for clothes.
This site is run by a bunch of vegan sleuths that scour the internet finding cruelty-free items at the best prices. Clothing, beauty, food and lifestyle items. You can also sign up for monthly Beauty Boxes and Snack Boxes that send you small-sized items to try before you buy.