Looking for vegan school shoes

The range of Harrison t-bar school shoes are made of leather. The same applies to the numerous copycat styles. This is a problem for schoolgirls who love animals but don’t want to wear them on their feet.


18 May 2014
Shoes? Help!!!

Q: Does anyone know of anywhere to get t-bar school shoes that aren’t made of leather? At the start of the school year I went to get shoes for the new year, but my high school won’t let me wear normal shoes during the day ( I think most are like that). I arrived at the shopping centre expecting to easily find some synthetic or vinyl t-bars, but they were all leather! Mum and Dad made me get leather ones because we couldn’t find others. I was so upset I could have screamed!!! Help me please!

A: Is your school strict on t-bars? I used to wear vegan Dr Martens to high school (shoes, not the boots!)

Q: We don’t specifically have to wear t-bars but t-bars, buckles or lace ups are our choices. They have to be leather or vinyl but I can’t find vinyl anywhere.

A: This place in Collingwood might have what you’re after – http://www.veganwares.com/
Or if not they might be able to make something especially for you happy


6 Jan 2010
Vegan school shoes in Canberra?

Q: So I’m moving to Melbourne thus moving schools, and this new school requires black t-bar or lace-up “leather” shoes as part of the uniform. I know of a few shops in Melbourne that sell vegan school shoes, but I won’t be back to Melbourne until a few days before school starts, so I was wondering if anybody knew of anywhere in Canberra that sells them?
I’ve googled but I can’t find anything D:
Thanks for any help!

A: I had to get some for work the other day. K-Mart was sheet – most seemed to have “leather uppers.” At Target though, many were 100% synthetic. Looking forward though to get a pair from Vegan Wares for school next year, in Melbourne.

A: I think that’s a good idea, just get a pair from target or something, then when they wear out, you can go to Vegan Wears happy I can’t wait until my leather T-bars fall apart so I can invest in a nice pair of cruelty free school shoes.

Grizzly ‘Sand’ t-bar school shoes

There is a chunky-looking mid height platform heel t-bar school shoe: ‘Sand’ by Grizzly shoes.

School shoes by DCS Uniforms

DCS Uniforms is a Melbourne based supplier of school uniforms. They also sell a range of re-branded Wilde school shoes under their own name.


DCS UNIFORMS is a locally owned and operated uniform supplier that has grown significantly through the ability to manufacture and supply quality school uniforms at very competitive prices.

While some items are manufactured overseas we endeavour to manufacture as many garments as possible in Australia supporting local jobs and families. Our growth has been steady.

DCS Jenny – Girls T-Bar School Shoe Black Smooth Full Leather

DCS Jenny – Girls T-Bar School Shoe Black Hi Shine Full Leather

DCS Jezra – Girls Laceup School Shoe Black Smooth Leather

DCS Jade – Girls Leather Mary Jane School Shoe

Gro-Shu Trinity t-bar school shoes

The Harrison Idaho t-bar is a classic design copied many times. The ‘Trinity’ by Gro-Shu is another school shoe to follow in the same footsteps.

Harrison t-bar school shoe sizes

When buying any shoe, getting the right fit is crucial. Harrison’s range school shoes make this hard – they are sold in UK sizes.

Head into your local shoe shop to get the right fit.

Or consult this conversion chart. For example: if you normally wear an Australian size 8 women’s shoe, buy your Harrison t-bars in size 6.

T-bar school shoe meets leather boots

Take a Harrison Iowa laceup school shoe, extend it into boot, and you get the Harrison Illinois – t-bar school shoe meets leather boots.

Go back to school in style with the ever so popular womens/older girls Harrison lace up school boots. These boots are durable, functional and super cute!

Alternatively this Harrison boot is the perfect partner for casual weekends. Team with skinny leg jeans and a shirt for a casual weekend look.

Roc Toledo t-bar school shoe

Many companies have been inspired by the design of the original ‘Harrison’ shoe. One of them is the ‘Toledo’ by Roc Shoes of Australia.