FROM THE BEYOND

With prom and wedding season just over the horizon, thoughts of pretty dress shopping come dancing in our heads. And for those of us who adhere to a vegan lifestyle, there's more to it than putting together the perfect look, it's also about choosing frocks and accessories that are cruelty-free. There are loads of gorgeous dresses out there made of materials that are naturally vegan -- even if that fact isn't advertised, you just have to look at the inner label. But shoes are another story. Finding footwear that simultaneously fits your personal style and is comfortable has long been an annoyance for practicing vegans. Add to that the need for event appropriateness, and you're entering into needle-in-haystack territory.

Luckily, we just discovered Beyond Skin, a UK-based footwear brand with one of the largest selections of animal-friendly we've ever seen! Think pumps, flats, combat boots, ankle booties, sandals, wedges, wing-tips, penny loafers, all completely vegan and sustainable. We're especially impressed with the dress shoe category, though. Like the Patti, a peep-toe platform with Art Deco design that looks straight from the 1930s. The Gracie is a stiletto number with a rhinestone buckle strap crafted in floral damask. Check out the Lily, a sexy open-toe with t-strap styling and geometric cut-outs. There is also an entire section of Bridal shoes, to make shopping easier for the soon-to-be-wed (but we promise you'll want to pour over the entire site). Along with shoes being cruelty-free, from the materials to the treatment of workers, Beyond Skin donates a portion of their profits to grassroots groups who work to improve the environment.