Moo Shoes | Linguistically Challenged But Stylish

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What is the green obsession with giving plant-based things meaty names: tofu become tofurky (which sounds just like turkey, geddit?); vegetarian nut pâté is often written up on the menu board as tuna-free (huh?); and finally a shoe store that bans leather calls themselves Moo Shoes (okay, now I’m thoroughly confused).

I mean, isn’t it all rather counter intuitive?

Despite being flummoxed by the name of the latter, I’m happy to embrace the concept — shoes. Owners, sisters and non-meat eaters, Erica and Sara Kubersky found it easy to find food that fit their philosophy while clothing and shoes proved a little more elusive. So, they took matters into their own hands, and in 2001, Moo Shoes was born. With their flagship store now located on Manhattan’s lower east side, the girls stock their store with cruelty-free bags, T-shirts, wallets, books, accessories and, of course, shoes. (Though with all these crazy names, I guess it wouldn’t surprise me too much if Moo Shoes carried everything but shoes.)

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Gisele Bündchen | Sexy New G Shoe Line GB2

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I’ll cop to owning more pairs of shoes than a person needs. But I think it’s fair to say that 95% of them — like most of my clothes — were either bought second hand or donated by people I know. (Having like-sized friends certainly has its benefits!) But for the most part, since I don’t dress up for work (or anything else, for that matter), I wear nothing but sandals. (And yes, I often wear them with socks like a German tourist. What are you gonna do about it?)

But I’m in good company, because supermodel Gisele Bündchen recently admitted to Germany’s Die Welt that she’s got more pairs of shoes than a person needs. (And I’ll bet she got most of them for free, like I did.) Though she says she’s never counted them, People magazine quotes her as saying she has “probably around 100”, adding that “it’s comparable to the way men love cars and watches.”

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Eco Sneaks | Sustainable Flats

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When it comes to shoes, if it don’t have six inch heels and come with a gimp, I’m normally not interested. But there’s something about Simple that captured my imagination (and hopefully my corn). With a commitment to being 100% sustainable, it’s never been more attractive to don a pair of flats.

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The Flying Cow (Minus the Leather)

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Shoes and Italy. These two words are very comforting to me. Just like rhubarb and custard or “24” and TiVo, they go together well. Two words that don’t sit well (in the fashion world anyway) are leather and fur. That’s the belief held by Bologna-based ethical shoe company, The Flying Cow Continue Reading / See Additional Photos

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