There is at least one company that creates BDSM products without leather: EthicalKink (NSFW link).
They ship worldwide and you can return unused products for free.
P.S. I am not affiliated with the brand in any way.
Besides reading the labeling and testing the smell, there are some things you can look for:
Looking very closely, does it have pores (real) or only a pressed texture (fake)?
The hair follicles provide the grain pattern that is so much a feature of the value of the leather... In most animals the grain pattern is uniform, in terms of both regularity and ...
Technically, no (source):
Veganism [..] the practice of abstaining from the use of animal
products, particularly in diet
Using artificial leather can be a good replacement to obey vegan philosophy.
no money goes directly to the animal-exploiting industries?
This is highly debatable, but buying a second-hand object usually helps the seller getting a ...
There used to be place called kinkclusive. But they are currently on a hiatus. They used to have a huge collection of vegan BDSM things. All of them were handmade! Tried to read about it after coming across this question. I found this fact very interesting so shared it.
I also read that leather is not actually necessary for these products can be used w/o ...
Nic, you've asked a number of questions here, but let me do my best to impart what I know.
Cattle leather does come from various types of cattle, including calves, buffaloes, and zebus. In no sense is cattle leather a byproduct of the meat industry. While it's difficult to get specific numbers, since the cattle industry is widely known for its lack of ...
The product page for the shoes you described does not mention waterproofness anywhere. Did a store assistant promise you that they are waterproof? Or do you have any other reason to believe they are? Things usually are not waterproof by default.
The product page does not say what the material used is, only that it is synthetic and vegan, and there is quite ...
Seeing as how the only google results for "QIN leather" reference the Nillkin products, one can only assume that QIN is part of the brand name and not an actual material. The material itself seems to be PU leather which as you mentioned, is partially composed of animal hide.
Rexine and other artificial leathers are cloth-backed plastics
In general, the whole point of artificial leathers is to not be animal skins, for either ethical or cost reasons. The cloth component is generally plant-derived (again for cost reasons), and modern plastics are purely synthetic.
If that's all you're worried about — that rexine might actually be ...
The leather product (ElmoSoft) sold by this company (Elmo) is definitively NOT taken from a cow that died of natural causes. The clearest proof is from their supplier code of conduct in which they clarify that they will only purchase the skin of cows which were bred for food purposes.
[Elmo] will deem the products of animal origin ... which have not been ...
Quality Material Matters
There are many vegan shoes on the market that use a goodyear welt, but wheather or not they are durable is dubious.
As it was mentioned on /r/goodyearwelt, a GYW design only makes sense if the boot's upper is durable enough to outlive the sole. Many cheap faux leathers will crack and fall apart with wear in a short time, but some ...