I get mine at Walmart and find the opposite prices. Leather is a more expensive item than cotton, mesh, other man-made materials.
Ya, I think it's all about marketing, similar to recycled paper and other recycled goods. They actually cost less to manufacture but they sell them for more because they can, they price it at what the "market will bare". 'payless shoes' also has cheap vegan shoes in the States, not sure about elsewhere. Just go to the super cheap, big chain stores.
Seconded for thrift shops. :) Just make sure you clean the shoes well.
I don't have much trouble finding vegan shoes at normal stores, just look inside the shoe or on the tag for 'materials used', and if in doubt, call the company! :)
What I have trouble finding are vegan shoes NOT made in a sweatshop (that I know of... I assume it's made in a sweatshop unless it says otherwise lol). Any tips guys?
They all seem to be made in China here in the U.S. Even good companies like Patagonia make them there but they say they are very good to their workers and the environment. So I think in this case, go for the companies that are well known for good ethics like patagonia. Of course you'll pay more.
I find that Target, Big W, Kmart & Payless all have some super cheap cute vegan shoes. Yes they do have some leather shoes but they have a lot of synthetic ones too. Just check the label inside the shoe to be sure.
+1 on the running shoes. I've gotten so used to wearing mine everywhere that when I do have to wear anything else (other than my havaianas) I can't wait to get out of them!!! Plus in joggers you are ready for the 'fight or flight' response at all times - if I need to run away from a tiger trying to eat me I can!!! (or a bad person in a dark alley...) Not so easy in other style shoes...
Havaiana Thongs are another cheap vegan option and there are so many super cute styles now.
i love emericas and all the other vegan skate shoes