Guide to Finding Vegan Leather

Posted by  peta2 staff

It’s hard to believe that anyone would wear the skin of dead animals (gross!), but that’s exactly what leather is! Every leather handbag, jacket, or pair of shoes came from the back of an animal who didn’t want to die.

vegan leather label

The good news is that you can find nonleather clothes and accessories just about anywhere you might shop. All you have to do is check!

  1. Read the label before you skip that cool-looking pair of boots—they might be vegan! Look for alternative, cruelty-free materials that imitate leather, including faux leather, pleather, synthetic leather, PU, man-made leather, waxed cotton, and imitation leather.
  2. Get to know the different symbols. Sometimes there’s a sticker on the bottom of the shoe or on the inside of a jacket with symbols that are used to identify the materials. Just get to know them and you’ll be able to find out if an item is vegan in a flash!
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask! If you’re not sure whether a pair of shoes is vegan after reading the label, all you have to do is write to the company and ask. If a representative can’t give you a straight answer, just shoot us an e-mail, and we’ll help you out!

There you go—it has never been easier to look stylish and help animals at the same time! 🙂



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    I looked up PU leather and websites say that is is made with a leather backing with polyurethane on top. Wouldn’t that make it not vegan??

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      618 days ago

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      PU is vegan but if you ever have doubts you can contact the company that you are purchasing from and ask them to confirm. <3

    • 312 days ago

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      If anyone is still looking at this!? I am still concerned about PU leather since i read it has “split leather” which apparently has the underside of the skin!? help!?

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    760 days ago

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    please introduce more brands selling vegan shoes.

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    1155 days ago

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    I totally LOVE my faux-leather combat boots with the faux-fur on the inside. Who wants to wear dead skin? It’s cruel, and just plain gross! Vegan alternatives are cheaper and a life wasn’t taken to make a pair of shoes or a jacket.

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    1441 days ago

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    I went out with my mom today and got a new vegan coat from Burlington’s Coat Factory! This winter I noticed that my coat had down and was grossed out; now I have a new one, though, and couldn’t be happier:)