Vegan Shoes Are the New “In-Shoes” – Hipness and Animal Rights – by Gary Smolker


Warning: Sears is going out of business because Sears did not stay hip.

Conceptual Level of Awareness

If you want to be considered cool and hip you must wear Vegan Shoes.


  1. In the future, people in the United States, Canada and Europe who don’t wear Vegan Shoes will be “fashion outcasts.”
  2. Merchants, manufacturers, designers, celebrities, fashionistas and consumers who don’t join the “vegan” band wagon and/or the “animal rights” bandwagon will be considered – (a) by the mass consuming public, (b) by celebrities, (c) by fashionistas, and (d) by politicians – to be so lacking in morality and good sense that they will be made to suffer beyond being ostracized.

Vegan Shoes Are the New “In-Shoes”

Vegan Shoes are the new “in-shoes.”

By the way, I predicted that would happen in the  March 9, 2017, Dude’s Guide to Women’s Shoes in an article titled “Vegan Shoes, The Rare But Important Bird of Fashion.”

See http://www.dudesguidetowomensshoes/vegan-shoes-gary-smolker/

In that article it was predicted that:

“… it is only a matter of  before top shoe designers will begin to be pressured to produce vegan shoes.

“Design, art, craft, fashion, sex and power and animal rights sensitivity; that will be the story of shoes in the future.

“Charting the development of shoes will be nothing less than a fascinating alternative history of the world.”

Since that article was published the iconic shoe designer/shoe manufacturer, Dr. Martens has begun producing a line of Vegan Shoes.

[Dr. Martens shoes have been the “in-shoes” to wear for everyone (including the most flamboyant individuals making an anti-fashion statement) in the music industry since the 1960s.]


The Photographs Below Are Photographs of A Line of Vegan Shoes Now Being Sold by Dr. Martens

Photographs below of vegan-friendly sandals.

Below is a close up.

Photographs below of Vegan Combat Boots.

All of the above photographs were taken by me on Saturday, March 19, 2017 at the Dr. Martens store on Third Street in the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California.

The Feelings, Thoughts and Beliefs That Are Driving Animal Rights People’s Purchasing Decisions and Making Vegan Shoes the New “In-Shoes

A few weeks ago, a woman told me that she was wearing Vegan Shoes because she believes in “animal rights.”

Before that conversation “animal rights” was not something I was thinking about.

After talking to her, I asked myself, “Why would a “normal sensible appearing person” refuse to purchase any product containing leather?”

My answer: “Animal Rights People” refuse to purchase any product containing leather because they reasonably believe animals have feelings.

Is It Reasonable to Believe Animals Have Feelings?

Although I have not yet bought a pair of Vegan Shoes, I  believe that animals have feelings.

Otherwise, why would pharmaceutical companies test their potential anti-depressant drugs on rats?

  • Pharmaceutical companies routinely use rats as experimental subjects in the development of antidepressants.
  • The presupposition that rat behavior is accompanied by human like emotions is a common presupposition in psychiatric laboratories.

Animal Rights People, and I too, have strong feelings about

  • (a) industrialized animal food production and
  • (b) the mother child relationship.

Is It Reasonable For Modern Educated Affluent People To Refuse to Purchase Leather Shoes because Animals Have Feelings?

ADVICE: Read about industrial animal food production and the mother-infant-child relationship in Yuval Noah Harari’s newest book “Homo Deus.”


I predict that smart business people will take note that the “animal rights” way of thinking is going to spread and that the “animal rights” way of thinking is eventually going to result in a mass consumer revolt against the manufacture sale and distribution of products containing leather.

Relatedly, I predict in order to be considered hip humane and sensitive the mass consuming public will begin wearing Vegan Shoes.

Industrialized Animal Food Production

In his book “Homo Deus”, after stating that domesticated pigs communicate using a rich variety of vocal and olfactory signals, that mother sows recognize the unique squeaks of their piglets and that two-day-old piglets already differentiate their mothers calls from those of other sows and describing how pigs are highly intelligent social animals, characterized by a lively curiosity and a strong urge to socialize, play and wander about and explore their surroundings, Yuval Noah Harari in his newest book “Homo Deus” describes what happens to sows in industrial farms, as follows.

Quoting from “Homo Deus”:

“They are locked by their human masters in tiny gestation crates, usually measuring six and a half by two feet.  The crates have a concrete floor and metal bars, and hardly allow the pregnant sows even to turn around or sleep on their side, never mind walk.  After three and a half months in such conditions, the sows are moved to slightly wider crates, where they give birth and nurse their piglets.  Whereas piglets would naturally suckle for ten to twenty weeks, in industrial farms they are forcibly weaned within two to four weeks, separated from their mother and shipped to be fattened and slaughtered.  The mother is immediately impregnated again, and sent back to the gestation crate to start another cycle.  The typical sow would go through five to ten such cycles before being slaughtered herself.  In recent years the use of crates has been restricted in the European Union and some US states, but the crates are still commonly used in many other countries, and tens of millions of breeding sows pass almost their entire lives in them.

“The human farmers take care of everything the sow needs in order to survive and reproduce….From an objective prospective, the sow no longer needs to explore her surroundings, socialize with other pigs, bond with her piglets or even walk.  But from a subjective prospective, the sow still feels very strong urges to do all these things, and if these urges are not fulfilled she suffers greatly.  Sows locked in gestation crates typically display acute frustration alternating with extreme despair.

PREDICTION: When the general public learns the mass public en mass will rise up and taking action against allowing these practices to continue.

Mother Infant Child Relationship

Quoting from “Homo Deus”:

“…one core emotion is apparently shared by all mammals: the mother-infant bond.  Indeed, it gives mammals their name.  The word ‘mammal’ comes from the Latin mamma meaning breast.  Mammal mothers love their offspring so much that they allow them to suckle from their body. Mammal youngsters, on their side, feel an overwhelming desire to bond with their mothers and they stay near them. We can argue about other emotions, but since mammal youngsters cannot survive without motherly care, it is evident that motherly love and a strong mother-infant bond characterize all mammals.

“It took scientists many years to acknowledge this.

“Only in the  1950s and 1960s did a growing consensus of experts …acknowledge the central importance of emotional needs….mammals can’t live on food alone.  They need emotional bonds too.

“… their mental and physical health depends as much on providing for these needs as on food, shelter and medicines.

“…the meat and dairy industry are based on breaking the most fundamental emotional bond in the mammal kingdom.  Farmers get their breeding sows and dairy cows impregnated again and again.  Yet piglets and calves are separated from their mothers shortly after birth, and then pass their days without even sucking at her teats or feeling the warmth of her tongue and body.

The Shifting Winds of Public Opinion

In May 2015, the New Zealand parliament passed the Animal Welfare Amendment Act, which stipulates that it is now obligatory to recognize animals are sentient beings, that animals have feelings, and hence to provide for their welfare in contexts such as animal husbandry.  The Canadian province of Quebec has since passed a similar Act.

Being Hip

The Dr. Martens Vegan Shoes shown in the photos above contain no animal product, no leather, no glue, nothing that comes from an animal.

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens is a very hip shoe store, full of uniquely original shoes.

For example, Dr. Martens has designed, produced/manufactured and now sells “lucky shoes.”

See photograph below, which I photographed as St. Patrick’s Day was approaching in the Santa Monica Dr. Martens store.

Charting the Development of Shoes Will Continue to Be Nothing Less Than A Fascinating Alternative History of the World

For example:

1. Dr. Martens has recently designed and now manufactures and sells a line of “floral shoes.” See photos below.

2. Dr. Martens recently collaborated with the creator of Beavis and Butt-Head to design a collection of Beavis and Butt-Head shoes.

3. Dr. Marten now produces and sells a collection of Beavis and Butt-Head Shoes.  See photos below.

4. Dr. Martens now produces a line of shoes that are guaranteed to last a life time.

If the shoe wears out, due to normal wear, Dr. Martens will replace it with a new shoe.

The guarantee “FOR LIFE” is imprinted on the sole of the shoe.  See photograph below.

All of the above photographs were taken by me in the Santa Monica Dr. Martens store on Saturday, March 18, 2017.

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