Hi, I’m new here, and fairly new to becoming a vegetarian. I would like to become fully vegan soon, but so far I’ve just gotten to cutting out all meat, fish, and milk. Anyway, I joined PETA and become a vegetarian because I’m a huge supporter of treating animals fairly and such. I was wondering, if I have one pair of leather shoes, does that really make me a “non-vegetarian?” I have one pair of Birkenstocks, and I’ve had them for 2 years, but they are the only shoes that help my feet in the summer (it hurts to wear normal sandals because of foot problems). If I just kept them until they wore out, and then never bought another pair again, do you think that is okay? I obviously know it’s terrible what they do to animals to make leather, but is it worth it to waste my money and be in pain all summer? Thoughts? Does Birkenstock make vegan versions of shoes?
I personally believe it’s hypocritical but I don’t think it makes you non vegetarian. I think other people might get the wrong message. I do empathize with you about not being able to wear normal sandals, though. I’d say keep the Birkenstocks until you’re able to find shoes that wont cause you pain 🙂
Some people may say yes, but if you had them prior to making changes then by all means keep them until you wear them out. However, buying new leather shoes and being a vegetarian would be hypocritical. Baby steps. And if you don’t feel comfortable wearing the shoes then donate them.
I get the point of not wearing such things, but the truth is not everyone can afford an entire new wardrobe. If it was something you had before, what’s the harm in wearing it? You’re not buying anything new that isn’t vegan, and thus have stopped supporting the industry. If anyone asks, and you’re a vegan, just tell them yes you are a vegan but there was once a time when you weren’t and no you don’t support the industry but you had them before, and you don’t see any point in wasting money. That’s actually wasting trees. 🙂