- Vegan recycled textiles
- Man-made outsoles
- Double-lined orthopaedic insoles
Every RAFA shoe is handmade by a group of artisans in Los Angeles using high-quality eco-friendly and sustainable materials. Due to the nature of production, some slight imperfections or variations may occur.
Two primary things make footwear and accessories products vegan: (1) they contain no leather or other skins, and (2) they are not made using any animal-based glue.
Various terms are used to describe the materials used for vegan shoes, bags, etc. These include vegan leather/suede, faux leather/suede, and micro-leather/micro-suede These materials are typically made from man-made microfibre.
While historically non-leather alternatives have received a bad rap for their toxicity and poor quality, among other things, modern production techniques mean that today's materials are far less environmentally damaging and of much higher quality. Polyurethane (PU) is commonly used, rather than the more toxic PVC, and many microfibres are produced using at least some portion of recycled materials. Furthermore, the newest forms use a water-based method to apply the PU to the fabric, rather than the highly toxic solvents that were traditionally used.
Microfibre fabric is lightweight, durable, and somewhat water repellant, so it makes a good substitute for leather. Microfibre is also made into Ultrasuede, which is cheaper and easier to clean and sew than natural suede leather.
Although there are some environmental concerns about microfibres entering the oceanic food chain via washing, this is not an issue with footwear and accessories, as these items are not washed.
All of Ecoture's carefully-selected vegan shoes and accessories are made from the highest-quality faux leathers and faux suedes. Our partner brands are focused not only on the vegan and cruelty-free aspects of their products, but also on their ethical and sustainability impacts.
More information on the materials, ethics and sustainability of the footwear industry can be found in our blog post, Is there something wrong with your shoes?
Can be returned unworn/unused (as the case may be), unmarked and in original packaging with all tags attached, within 30 days of purchase for exchange (e.g. different size/colour, if available) or refund for store credit for the full purchase price (less shipping, if applicable). A cash refund will be processed only if an item is faulty/damaged or has been sent to you in error.
Please refer to our Returns Policy for all applicable returns T&Cs.