This is such a great topic! I have been vegan about 13 years. I went all vegan with "food only" for the first five years of my vegan journey - the lifestyle vegan part never really occurred to me in those early years! I was SO focused on the food part.
Then these past 8 years I have stopped buying animal products in my fashion and household products as much as possible. I am not perfect though! Perfection is impossible and unrealistic in my opinion. We are all just doing the best we can.
Shoes. I estimate 99% of the time I wear vegan shoes. But I also still own a few leather-containing shoes - mostly shoes that have some sentimental value to me - like my wedding shoes, special expensive heels or seasonal boots etc. I will wear them until they are unwearable! But I will replace then (once they are done) with vegan shoes. But most of my less important non-vegan fashion items I have donated to Goodwill or friends/family.
When it comes to fur, that has always been a 100% no way item for me.
The honest fact is that it is still challenging to buy vegan shoes. Mostly because 1) vegan shoes are not always main stream. And 2) Shoes should really be tried on before buying - and so shopping online isn't exactly the best answer - even though there are SO many amazing vegan shoes for sale online! Bags are easy because you do not need to try them on.
So for shoes, I would say try your best but do not be hard on yourself if you are not perfect - especially if you are a new vegan!! It would be VERY expensive to veganize your entire wardrobe in a short period of time.
Keep your eyes open always for vegan fashion pieces you love - OR for vegan fashion sales!
Some of my go-to vegan shoes:
- Tieks Vegan ballet slippers
- Beyond Skin and Cri de Couer heels
- canvas shoes by Vans or other..
- cheap heels from Forever 21 that are synthetic suede
- Nike tennis shoes that are leather free
- TOM's vegan shoes
- flip flips by Reef, leather free
- boots by various brands - Moo Shoes is a great resource
Hope that helps a little!