I'm not one to usually post about workout gear, but I am stoked about these beauties. I've been Crossfitting for around 11 months now, and I'm getting to the point where my lifting form and gear can help me lift much higher weights. So I've been in the market for OLY shoes for a while now. OLY shoes are Olympic Lifting shoes and are designed especially for the sport. What makes them special is they have a raised heel that is really sturdy and hard. This helps you dig into the ground with your heels more to lift more weight. Majority of all OLY shoes on the market are made of leather. After searching high and low for months, I finally came across these Inov-8 Fastlifts which according to their website are vegan (all but two of their lines are). It also helps that they are super cute and have neon accents, my favorite. They finally arrived yesterday and today I tested them out during my morning WOD, and they were a HUGE hit with my coaches. No one had seen them before and kept commenting on how "cool" they looked from across the gym. I had mentioned to one of my lifting coaches last week I was looking for vegan ones and he asked me today "so you finally found vegan ones?!" to which I responded "yes", and then during my workout any time another coach walked in and commented on the shoes, he'd exclaim "and they're VEGAN! Can you believe that? No leather and they look awesome!" I feel really fortunate to be a member at such a veg-friendly box and for all the support I receive at this sport. I just wanted to share this quick being it made my morning, plus to let all you know if you are looking for vegan OLY's to check out Inov-8's offerings. They apparently look pretty dope even to non-vegans.