These are the materials that make up the shoes, bags, accessories and apparel carried by Alternative Outfitters. Faux Leather, Fake Leather, Pleather, and Vegan Leather.

These artificial leathers are synthetic and no animal materials are used. Not all fake leathers are the same. Some are made out of Polyurethane or PU. This is a more “breathable” form of faux leather and is what shoes and some apparel is made out of. Another form of fake leather is made out of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride or more typically called Vinyl). This product tends not to “breathe” like PU and can be stiffer. Vegan leather can be cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth.

Faux Patent Leather and Patent Pleather

This is usually made out of the same materials as the Faux Leather above, but usually has a glossy or shiny appearance. Dirt adhering to the shiny coating can be removed with a damp cloth, using a mild soap if needed.

Faux Suede, Microsuede and Microfiber

These are fabrics that are often manufactured with a brushed finish to resemble real suede. These products often provide a similar look and feel to suede, but can have advantages such as increased liquid or stain resistance and the fact that an animal did not have to suffer to make it. It is usually a knit blend fabric with a soft finish, but is easily distinguishable from actual suede leather. It has a great deal of stretch, and is very popular in upholstery as well as garments. Microsuede is less durable than suede. This material is not suitable for heavy wear or harsh weather conditions when it is used to make boots or shoes. It is also not suitable for wearing in wet weather. Some artificial suede may be cleaned with a damp cloth, but we recommend trying it in a less conspicuous spot first.

Faux Wool and Faux Shearling

Rather than killing sheep to get shearling, we offer the alternative. This is usually a microfiber material that is lined with a synthetic polyester fake wool fabric. Jackets, scarves, hats, and gloves are also made using synthetic polyester and acrylic fabrics that resemble wool. These items can usually be hand washed and lined dry.

Satin, Faux Silk and Artificial Silk

Although satin can sometimes be made using silk, the satin fabrics we offer are made using nylon or polyester. Artificial silk resembles silk, but is made out of rayon and/or polyester. May have to be professionally dry cleaned since some satins may become ruined by water.

Vegan Felt and Artificial Felt

This is a non-woven cloth that is produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibers. However, felt usually can contain wool. The vegan felt contains only synthetic fibers. We recommend dry cleaning.


Hemp fabrics have been around for thousands of years. Hemp is an extremely fast growing crop and it has more fiber yield per acre than cotton and other fiber sources. It’s also extremely durable and can also be made into a softer textile for use in apparel. Can usually be washed in a washing machine, but we recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions.


Jute is one of the least expensive natural fibers and is second to cotton in the amount produced. The fabric made from jute is also well known as burlap. Jute is commonly used in making espadrilles and bags. Can possibly be washed in a washing machine, but we recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown from seeds that have not been genetically modified and without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers. It also must be certified organic by a third party to carry the name “organic”. Organic cotton may shrink when washed if not already pre-shrunk. Can usually be washed in a washing machine, but we recommend following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Recycled and Eco Friendly Materials

We even have some products that also contain recycled materials. Some of the recycled materials used in our shoes and bags are recycled inner tubes and tires, Recycled PET and Latex Elastic. Some of our shoes come in 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. Some of our jewelry is made out of Earth-friendly recycled aluminum, which is a very lightweight metal.