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Lusting after Mink

Published on June 18, 2009 by   ·   12 Comments Pin It
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Not Mink fur… as if!   The Mink of which we speak is deliciously fun and bright Rebecca Brough Mink’s eponymous line out of Cali.   Rebecca, a former model, has devoted her entire life to the mission of preserving the planet and the humane treatment of animals. She was torn (like many of us) between the high-end fashion she loved and lived, and the animals and planet she adored. Noticing the lack of luxe vegan shoes in the marketplace, she made it her mission to start her line in 2000.

Vegan Goddess Rebecca Mink

Vegan Goddess Rebecca Mink

MINK shoes are crafted from non-animal products like cork, denim, linen, faux fur, lnstead of leather, suede, pelts, and skins (ew).   We heart ‘em because they adhere to a “strict policy of animal preservation, protection, and safeguarding” in its designs. Each shoe is handmade, extremely unique, and offered in a very limited production, they are practically custom ordered.   In fact, to order them you actually need to email to order.   And It’s not only normies like us who heart MINK.   Celebs like Daryl Hannah, Cindy Crawford, and Pamela Anderson are pretty bonkers for them too. Pamela hearts her MINK shoes so much she says “I wear them to bed.”   If that’s not a testimonial, we aren’t sure what is!

Vulture @ Minkshoes.com

Vulture $355 @ Minkshoes.com

What are our favorites? The Vulture (above) is a heeled cork wedge with intricate silver and black criss-cross strap. The sexy double strap and sky high leg lengthening fabulosity of this style made three men randomly touch my feet the night I wore them out.

Hen, $, Available @ MinkShoes.com

Hen, $355, Available @ MinkShoes.com

The Hen style is perfect for a gold dress and lots of bangles.

Mink in Silver/Blonde @ MinkShoes.com

Silver/Blonde, Price upon request @ MinkShoes.com

The Silver/Blonde will match all your summer dresses.

Kitten in Navy/Yellow Combo, Price upon request @ MinkShoes.com

Kitten in Navy/Yellow Combo, Price upon request @ MinkShoes.com

This flat is not only Fifth Avenue chic, it’s comfier than slippers!   Perfect for work; jeans/ blazer combo.

Two Blonde, Vegan, Knock-Out Glamazons walk into a bar....

2 Blonde, Vegan, Knock-Out Glamazons walk into a bar.... Daryl Hannah (L) is a big fan of MINK Shoes.

To order any of the styles featured above or on the MINK site, email info@minkshoes.com.   They will ship to you directly or send you to a local boutique that carries your preferred style.   Shop on, Sistren!

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Readers Comments (12)

  1. kimsy says:

    The shoes are cute, but I really adore her dress!

  2. Robin says:

    I love the shoes…but expensive. Sometimes it’s tough to stay green on a teacher’s salary!But I try!

  3. More feel-good consumerism. Shoes (even vegan ones) have a limited life-span, and will all end up in a landfill. If you serious about being an eco-fashionista, please consider how much you consume. Just because something says “vegan” doesn’t mean zero impact to the environment.

    There are plenty of stylish vegan clothes, shoes, and bags at your local thrift store or consignment boutique (find one through http://www.thethriftshopper.com/).

    Clothing swaps are great too. Offer cruelty-free treats and invite your friends or co-workers. It’s fun, frugal and eco-friendly. I put one together at work:

    http://thevegangoodlife.blogspot.com/2009/05/some-green-fashion-dont-believe-hype.html

    (I also hope that you post this and not just favorable comments singing your praises.)

  4. Claudia says:

    Hey Vegan Good Life,

    You might want to be a just a little less preachy in your tone of voice. Everyone reading this newsletter is clearly animal-friendly/eco-conscious/trying to do their bit to some extent or other and I for one will sing the praises loud and proud of the Girlie Girl Army.

    I’m vegan, I buy a lot of my clothes and shoes from Goodwill, I organise regular clothes-swaps. But I also like the occasional injection of totally unnecessary but incredibly satisfying glamour into my life and wardrobe in the form of a gorgeous new pair of shoes. And it’s guaranteed that I am not alone in this, knowing the universal shoe fetish shared by us females.

    Yes there is a shocking amount of wastage in the fashion industry, and of course it’s important to cut down on our consumerism, and to reuse, recycle, repair. But not everyone likes thrift-store shopping, nor are you ever going to convince a diehard fashionista that Goodwill, or Payless Shoe Source with it’s abundance of synthetic footwear for that matter, will provide the same shoegasm as a pair of Laboutins or Blahniks.

    There are a whole lot of ladies out there who love fashion and glamour, and in order to further the cause of animal-free living, we need to reach them too. So the more luxury vegan goods the better is what I say!

  5. Allison Tray says:

    I want those cha-cha heels!

  6. Chloe Jo says:

    Claudia’s commentary was so articulate and wonderful, not sure my voice is needed here… but “Vegan good life” whilst I agree it is important to wear what we have.. it’s important, as animal rights advocates, to show that we take a stance against wearing the skins of animals.
    I’ve often spoken of donating your old leather (so it’s not thrown into dumps) or do what I did, sell off your leather on ebay and donate all proceeds to animal rights groups! :) I’d also highly suggest reading this piece: http://girliegirlarmy.com/blog/20090312/is-leather-eco-friendly/.

  7. Thanks Claudia and Chloe. I’m sorry if I appeared preachy. A lot of us here are on a budget, and it saddens me to see someone make a comment like “it’s tough to stay green on a teacher’s salary” because they can’t buy a pair of these high-end shoes.

    While it’s true we ladies love to shop, it’s also true we are a nation that does not save; is steeped in credit card debt; and is trained by marketers to constantly shop through glossy images in the media (including on sites such as this). You’re practically made to feel unpatriotic if you don’t.

    Also as an environmentalist and a vegan, I wouldn’t suggest people need to abandon already purchased leather shoes or a wool coat. Obviously, this is a comfort level that every person will have to decide for themselves. I wouldn’t think anyone is less of a vegan for it, if they resolve to make better purchasing decisions in the future. Many people can simply not afford to veganize every possession they own.

    Thank you for your thoughts, and for your caring for animals. TVGL

  8. Chloe Jo says:

    I gotcha, TVGL… and I totally am picking up what you are putting down. I often am the only vegan in the room, so I prefer to be vegan from head to toe.. so when I get the dumb comments about my shoes being leather – I can say “Actually, they are vegan. I would never wear the skins of a cow!” It saves being called a hypocrite. The reason we share images like the shoes above is to show people (particularly the non vegans) cruelty-free alternatives to the standard fare. If I can get one girl to buy a pair of MINK, OlsenHaus, or Crie de C’eour shoes instead of Manolo Blahnik’s… it’s as powerful as getting one person to go veg for one meal.. EVERY little trickle makes a difference for the animals. Promoting how fabulous and sexy being vegan can be (via fashion!) brings scores of new recruits into our army! Particularly those who think they could go veg…. but are afraid of the patchouli/ Dead Head stigma. Ideally, we’d all clothing swap and buy second hand.. but I bought a pair of vegetan shoes recently that are biodegradable! They look hot and start numerous convo’s about vegetarianism. It’s a conversion tool! It’s all about conscious consumerism. If you are gonna do it… think long and hard before you buy.. do you really need it? What does it replace?

  9. Thanks Chloe Jo. I completely get what you are saying about not wanting to be called a hypocrite. It just seems very wasteful to me to get rid of everything we own just for that purpose and replacing it with something new. If someone is asked about it, they can state their case against waste (both environmentally and financially), but say they only buy vegan products now.

    The great news is that there are stylish options for every vegan out there: from the thrift store shoppers like myself, to high-end shoppers like many on this site. I wish there were glossy images of how fabulous you can look in thrift store finds. There are even high-end consignment shops for people who love designer labels too.

    Thanks again for providing this forum on how we can participate in “conscious consumerism” as you say.

    Best of luck, and thank you for helping to advocate for kinder fashion choices.

  10. Jaqueese says:

    I don’t really understand high priced vegan shoes. I mean, I understand them for fashionistas in New York City and the like, but for a person like me who doesn’t attend fancy parties all the time and just wants a nice pair of shoes for the occasional special event, these aren’t the shoes for me. Even if I wasn’t vegan, I wouldn’t purchase Jimmy Choo’s or whatever shoe is expensive because of the cost. These shoes only appeal to vegans with money, and if we’re trying to influence and enlighten others about the importance of veganism, this isn’t the best way to do it. In my opinion, the point of being vegan is to save animals’ lives and slow down the process of global warming. Spending this much money just to have a conversation starter would make little sense for me, but I understand how it works for others, don’t get me wrong. It’s just, veganism has a bad rap in many places that aren’t major cities- especially in places where people can’t afford these shoes (and other vegan brand shoes). Time, money and effort should be spent on other ways of educating people. This was a totally disorganized rant, and I’m not against fabulous vegan shoes, I’m just saying these are not practical in the everyday person trying to spread the good word of veganism!

  11. REBECCA MINK says:

    HELLO GIRLS…
    IT IS REBECCA MINK OF MINK SHOES…
    WE HERE AT MINK HAVE ALSO RECOGNIZED THE GAP TO FIND A FASHIONABLE/AFFORDABLE VEGAN SHOE.
    I STARTED THE LINE WITH INTENTION TO CREATE A VEGAN ALTERNATIVE TO A FASHION SHOE. I WANTED TO FIRST SHOW THAT I COULD OFFER A QUALITY PRODUCT THAT WAS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WAS OUT THERE……9 YEARS LATER…SELF FUNDED…I HAVE TRIED TO EXPAND THE LINE, BUT ONLY RECENTLY HAD A “MARKET” TO SELL TO! I NOW HAVE MANY VEGAN WOMEN THAT ARE EXCITED AND READY FOR VEGAN SHOES!! I HAVE MANY GREAT PLANS FOR THE NEAR FUTURE TO EXPAND THE LINE! I WANT THE SHOES TO BECOME AFFORDABLE AND BE FASHIONABLE! I TRAVELED TO ITALY RECENTLY TO FIND FACTORIES TO PRODUCE MY SHOES AT A LOWER PRICE POINT AND HAVE THE SAME QUALITY. I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT BY FALL 2010 I AM LOOKING TO RELEASE THIS NEW COLLECTION WITH A PRICE THAT IS EASIER ON US ALL!! I ALSO HAVE HAD A DREAM EVER SINCE I WAS A SMALL CHILD OF PRODUCING A SHOE THAT IS COMPLETELY BIODEGRADABLE AND I AM WORKING ON THAT AS WE SPEAK! IT IS EXCITING. ONE LAST THING TO KEEP IN MIND IS THAT MINK SHOES HAS A CLEAR FOCUS TO USE RECYCLED MATERIALS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE AND NOT PRODUCE “NEW” MATERIAL TO WORK WITH. I AM REALLY THRILLED THAT WOMEN WANT VEGAN SHOES…IT HAS BEEN A LONG ROAD AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN HAPPIER THAN NOW TO SEE SUCH AN UNDERSTANDING THAT VEGAN SHOES ARE NOW AN OPTION THAT WE HAVE AS A CHOICE!!! YAY!!!!




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