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MooShoes on the Mooove

Say good-bye to this place.

Say good-bye to this place.

New York institution MooShoes has closed up their old Allen Street location and is in the process of moving to their new digs at 78 Orchard Street, between Broome and Grand.

The vegan retailers’ new space is a lot bigger and will hopefully come with even more cats! They’re closed today and tomorrow, but open the new space on Friday, October 19th. Go say “hi” and tell ‘em SuperVegan sent you.

(And I’m genuinely sorry about the headline. Sorry.)

11 Comments

  1. Comment by

    Ashasarala

    on #

    MooShoes need to knock their prices down just a tad. I love their selection and I am well aware that natural products are always going to be on the expensive side until this country changes some things (like that’ll ever happen) but $110 for a pair of shoes? I feel like I’m buying genuine leather or a pair of Nikes that 50cent endorsed instead of man-made pleather.

    I can buy man made materials from Payless for 10 bucks! Sheesh!

    I tried emailing them to inquire about the crazy rates and they never got back to me. I was being nice about it and everything! :-/

  2. Comment by

    susie

    on #

    PVC ain’t “natural”!

  3. Comment by

    debya

    on #

    MooShoes isn’t making a shiitake load of money off those shoes. Take a look at the Ally shoe by Vegetarian Shoes. It’s 49.95 pounds on the Vegetarian Shoes page. That’s about $102 U.S. dollars today. MooShoes sells it for $95. It’s all relative.

    I prefer to buy my shoes from MooShoes because (1) I’m supporting a vegan business and (2) They don’t rip my feet to shreds like Payless shoes because they’re of much, much higher quality.

  4. Comment by

    foodfightgrocery

    on #

    hi there. yeah, you have to understand what goes into pricing items to sell. because the U.S. doesn’t have many vegan shoe companies, most of the products mooshoes sells are shipped here from other countries. they have to pay high fees and taxes and airmail shipping costs getting those items here into the U.S. for us to enjoy. plus certain brands which aren’t made by sweatshops are going to be more because they’re paying a living wage to workers. all this goes into the pricing. and i guarantee you within those prices, their markup isn’t really that much.

    thankfully there are enough people who appreciate companies like mooshoes and keep buying their products, so they can keep providing great products. here in portland a couple of people have tried selling vegan shoes, and unfortunately this same way of thinking about prices closed those shops. most people who don’t live in nyc are stuck buying shoes online or when we’re lucky enough to visit mooshoes. so be thankful and just like your food, think about what goes into making products like vegan shoes and everything it takes to get them on the shelves for you to enjoy.

    thanks for listening. word.
    emiko@foodfightgrocery

  5. Comment by

    Jason Das

    on #

    A few scattered thoughts:

    There’s nothing quality about Vegetarian Shoes brand shoes and belts, in my experience. They fall apart so quickly.

    MooShoes sells “normal” brands, as well as vegan brands (though these tend to be sporty shoes rather than faux-leather). I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Vans, New Balance, Saucony, Ben Sherman, etc. there over the years. For these, their prices are similar to other small shoe shops. Sure, Zappo’s is cheaper, just like books are aways cheaper at Amazon.

    If you’d rather wear Payless, wear Payless. No one’s stopping you. In many cases, the quality may be equal or better. I’ve had $16 shoes from Target that held up through several harsh winters. The labor standards are worse, but the environmental impact is probably about the same. PVC is godawful no matter how much recycled paper you wrap it in.

    Ashasarala said “I tried emailing them to inquire about the crazy rates and they never got back to me. I was being nice about it and everything!” Now this is the real problem with MooShoes! Replying to customer e-mails is so basic and so important. I have had several terrible customer service experiences there (which I won’t detail here), and being the only vegan shoe store around isn’t enough to make me OK with that. But I recently shopped there for the first time in 3 or 4 years and it was fine, so I’m ready to give them another chance.

  6. Comment by

    bob

    on #

    Mooshoes aren’t made of pleather, you idiots. Pleather is not breathable. They get them from places like vegetarian shoes.uk and veganwares who use Lorica and/or Micro Fiber to make their shoes. Jeeze you’d think anybody who posted would actually read the information on these site, instead of giving them a bad name.

  7. Comment by

    NotBuyingIt!

    on #

    I have had two pair of shoes from Moo Shoes. They only ever need the caps on the heels replaced ever so often. I realize why I paid what I paid-and that’s the only reason I did. However, all that “high quality” material from whoever and whoever is in my opinion not breathable. I have yet to find anything other than all natural fibers to be so. I still like the place and intend to buy more of their really nice variety of items-yes, despite my awful customer service experience about a year or so back.

  8. Comment by

    Rik

    on #

    After wearing Converse forever I decided that I was going to stop giving my money to sweatshops and go legit. I tried for a long time to find non-sweat footwear (that I could try on, I don’t purchase online). I finally found a place, Moo Shoes. The person who served me was very helpful and after trying a few I bought a pair of Converse copies. Unfortunately when I got them home I realised that not only were they very uncomfortable to wear they were also coming apart where the rubber met the fabric. In several places. I was pretty annoyed about this as I’d been searching for weeks and thought my problems were over. I returned to the shop and was told I couldn’t have a refund as I had bought them in the shop. Yes, you heard me. If I’d sat at home and ordered them I could have had my money back but because I’d actually made the effort to go in I was out of luck. The staff were pretty blase and unhelpful to say the least. They told me they weren’t “allowed” to give me a refund as it would be “unfair to other customers” that they’d refused. Basically, “no, we have to be unfair to you as to be fair to you would be unfair to all the other people we’ve been unfair to”. Seriously. I was told that the non-return policy was on my receipt (it wasn’t) and that I could only have a credit note. I’m not even sure this is legal and as, after their crappy service and VERY limited stock, there was no way on Earth I would take their dodgy merchandise again I was effectively cheated out of $60. Needless to say, I won’t ever be returning to Moo Shoes and I would urge caution to anyone considering doing so.

  9. Comment by

    veganed

    on #

    NO shoe store allows returns of worn shoes. why weren’t you able to tell that your shoes were uncomfortable and “coming apart” before you bought them? as for the return, take it up with company that makes them!

    another thing that all you price whiners should know is that mooshoes donates a lot of $$ and product for raffles to AR and vegan charities. they promote veganism every day through their business so they’re doing good things. not like crappy payless and target!

  10. Comment by

    Ben Otter

    on #

    I am a vegetarian and try to buy non-leather shoes, belts, wallets, etc. Most of the stuff out there is crap and does fall apart easy. However, I’ve talked with the owners of one company, Kenai Shoes, and because they promote sustainability, including non-leather, they try to battle test all of their products before selling them to make sure they are long lasting (ie sustainable). Their prices are also pretty cheap relatively.

  11. Comment by

    Luke

    on #

    A few years ago, if you were looking to purchase a new pair of shoes, you went off to a department or shoe store; Looked around, tried a few pairs on and took your purchase home that day. These days, more and more people are deciding not to go into town, and buying their shoes online.

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