Blundstone is known for comfort, quality and authentic style. The globally popular company has been putting out their leather boots as far back as 1870 – bring Tasmania style to the UK. The brand has more recently ventured into the vegan market to be more inclusive for animal conscious customers. This series to the Blundstone line is ideal for people who follow cruelty free lifestyles but also want to get hold of some practical footwear. Contrary to popular belief, vegan footwear doesn’t have to look any different – it’s common now for synthetic leather to be pretty tough stuff and it looks legit too… So why don’t we take a more detailed look at the features – we wanted to find out why these boots were an instant must-have on the market:
Features of the Blundstone Vegan Series
The Vegan Series of boots is designed to be highly functional and this is their primary purpose. Ensuring the vegan series is durable was a priority because genuine leather is very hard wearing and this is one if it’s greatest features. There is no point making a vegan boot if it doesn’t carry this same purpose.
The vegan series (namely models: 2215 and 2216) are available in the two most popular colours: black or brown. Though it’s worth noting that both of these versions have a black elastic side, the iconic feature of a chelsea boot that allows the boots to be slipped on very quickly.
These boots are created from high-quality synthetic materials that results in a pretty convincing leather look. The brand is quite vocal about their Vegan onMicro® waterproof microfibre technology (a bit of a mouthful, but it’s good stuff!). The tricky part about brands making vegan friendly boots isn’t necessarily the main material (non-leather), but often the other materials that are required such as glues, stitching and insoles. However, Blundstone have collated a range of animal free supplies and are apparently certified to be 100% vegan.
The Weathers Changing
We’re sorry to announce that canvas trainers are no longer suitable for rainy days and as the ground becomes full of puddles, you’ll really want to make sure your feet are protected with an adequate pair of boots.
How Animal Free Fashion is Taking Over
You’ve probably been made aware already of the increasing consumer demand for cruelty-free products, there has been a huge rise in vegan and animal-free fashion items, as well as beauty products. Blundstone is making the most of this by catering to this market, not only is this profitable but it also promotes some positive morals at the same time, win-win. Blundstone vegan boots are manufactured with synthetic materials, such as polyurethane, that are commonly used to make non-leather shoes and handbags – this is great in terms of reducing animal based materials, however these materials are still made in industries that could do more to reduce carbon emissions. Though, we think this a great start and it’s good to see Blundstone at the early stages of this journey.
Does Vegan Leather Last As Long?
Vegan leather has a bit of a bad rep for being lower quality than genuine leather when it comes to durability. That’s because they are constructed from synthetic replications of leather and when this process was still new there was a lot of trial and error over the industry. Now days, vegan leather performs very well and sometimes it’s tricky to actually tell the difference. Blundstone vegan boots are made with some of the latest tech in vegan materials using polyurethane. Resulting in a stylish and functional addition to the brand’s footwear collection. Rest assured that the Blundstone 2215 and 2216 will last a long time and can take a bit of a beating across different terrains and seasons. Keep in mind that due to the nature of the materials, non-leather footwear does tend to scratch ever so slightly easier than animal leather. Blundstone have a lot of info on their site about boot care and how to prolong wear, so take care of them and you’ll be fine.
Who Wears Blundstone Boots
Brands often carry connotations or social baggage, when you think of Blundstones you tend to picture rugged and active people, with a touch of class. They are primarily designed for adventurous personalities who appreciate premium quality and materials. Due to this the brand has attracted some well known customers such as Kate Middleton and more recently they were worn in the series Killing Eve on BBC. Now that there is a vegan series available, they have unlocked a whole host of social media influencers and celebs who love the rustic vibe but are animal cruelty free and more focused on ethical fashion. The great part about Blundstone boots is that they are so versatile, they go with so many outfits and therefore are suitable for everyone – no matter what walk of life you tread.
That’s a Wrap!
We hope you’ve enjoyed discovering the Blundstone vegan series as much as we have. Let us know if you are keen to try on a pair or if you prefer a different brand! If you are wearing Blunnies, it would be great to know what outfits you suggest and love the most for different occasions. We absolutely love to see this level of innovation from a brand that’s known for being traditional in many ways. Setting an example for other brands and adapting to the challenges that fashion consumers come up with. We’re keen to see what Blundstone create next and hope that the vegan series expands into other areas in the future.