It got even worse with casual wear. The vegan shoes couldn't compete in style with the leather counterparts. So I ended up wearing my running shoes all the time and even found a way to wear them at work. It was frustrating since with today's technology there are probably several materials to make high quality and stylish shoes, especially for men, and have them reasonably priced. There is also a growing market for them.
According to this article on ethical footwear, there are now more options available, which is a good sign. One company listed in the article, Noah Italian Vegan Shoes, seems to be headed in the right direction with some trendy styles. It's good news and hopefully more companies will follow.