My husband and I are in Boston this week, so I’ve decided to repost some oldie but goodie posts while I’m away. I look forward to catching up with everyone when I get home. Have a beautiful week!
Vanity or Life?
I’ve been putting off buying shoes afraid that I’d be seduced into buying at least one pair of leather beauties. With the warm weather we’ve been having and my sister-in-law visiting from Boston next week, however; had to get a new pair of sandals. I’m too vain to wear last year’s dog-chewed pair.
As much as I love shoes, I hate shopping for them. It’s hard to find those that fit my three C’s: cheap, comfortable and cute. This is especially challenging since I’ve got gargantuan size 11 feet and most shoe stores don’t carry much past size 10.
Although I’m writing this vegan blog, I’ll be honest; I was planning to buy leather shoes. I thought it would be too hard to find non-leather sandals that fit my three C’s. I’d even convinced myself that this was no big deal.
Then I read a comment from one of my readers who told me that leather was her vice of choice until she met a gorgeous steer at the Farm Sanctuary outside of Los Angeles. She wrote how this beautiful creature came right up to her and licked her hand as if he were a friendly dog.
This struck me and I realized that my conscience wouldn’t be clear if I bought leather. With thoughts of a friendly steer vivid in my mind, I went to Off Broadway Shoes last night. To my amazement, I found a pair of shoes on the clearance rack that not only fit my three C’s, but that were also made of fabric.
I’d hit the jackpot! Or so I thought until I realized that despite being mostly fabric, the shoe’s sole was leather. I purchased the shoes anyway. I don’t feel good about it, but I rationalized that at least they had less leather than most shoes.
I’ve made a promise to myself, however; to buy vegan shoes from now on. It just seems to me that a cow’s life is more important than my vanity.
If you’re searching for leather-free shoes, check out Jean’s post, Leather-free Shoes.
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