Fashion Week! MooShoes
I have mentioned MooShoes more than once. They were my source when I eliminated all leather from my wardrobe and had to start from scratch. They helped me build any entirely cruelty-free shoe collection, with purchases I made online and visits to their store on Orchard Street in NYC, and by cluing me in to all the fantastic vegan shoe designers that are out there these days. For that reason alone, I am a devoted customer and MooShoes enthusiast. Last January, sisters Erica and Sara Kubersky, founders of MooShoes, were honored with the “Progressive Business Award” award at the Celebrating Compassion Gala in New York City. I just think the sisters are super-cool. When I move back to Manhattan in a couple of years, I might start inviting them to my parties.
If you have a look at their web site, you’ll see that they have all the bases covered. There is a wide selection of shoes for everyday and shoes for formal occasions. Flats, heels, sneakers, boots, women, men — all right here under one roof. What’s more, they have brought together great designers all under one roof. One of my favorite designers is Novacas, which I discovered thanks to MooShoes. I have medium-sized heels for work or semi-casual events, such as the “Bridget” design, which I have in black. These shoes look great with dresses, and they are so comfortable, I can wear them all day without getting blisters. That’s HUGE. At about $100 per pair, the price is right, too. I also bought my first pair of Macbeth sneakers from MooShoes. Additionally, I was able to quickly educate myself about other designers, including more upscale choices such as Olsen Haus and Beyond Skin; these are in a slightly higher price range, at about $225 per pair, but work well with cocktail and formal evening dresses. And if you join the MooShoes email list, you’ll get discount codes just about every month.
The store on the Lower East Side is on my agenda each time I visit the city. The spacious set-up has plenty of choices without making me feel overwhelmed; it’s a serene place to shop, a welcoming environment. Off to one side, there’s a place for materials about different animal-rights organizations and animal-related events. (After my last visit, there were a few cards for Letters To Pushkin there, too). In addition to shoes, they also have select handbags and wallets (including some by Matt & Nat), tee-shirts, jackets, and belts. During my last visit to the store, I picked up a pair of black flats for me by Vegetarian Shoes (the “Ally,” $99) and also a new belt for my husband, who, since adopting a vegetarian approach to food, has managed to lose over fifty pounds — Way to go, Seth!
Visit the MooShoes online store to experience their fabulousness first-hand!