Harry Bidewell, 5, who persuaded the Golden Boot, Maidstone, Kent to sell vegan school shoes, sits with his Dad, Mark in the store. See SWNS story SWOCvegan; A 5-year-old vegan activist inspires Britain's oldest independent shoe store to sell its first-ever vegan shoes. Harry Bidewell, who has been described as 'the UK's youngest vegan activist', motivated a 230-year-old footwear business to place an order for its first vegan school shoes last year. The young campaigner from Maidstone, who has been vegan for just over a year now, visited The Golden Boot with his Dad to purchase his first ever pair of school shoes schools when, much to the store's surprise, he asked if they were made from animal products. Harry's Dad, Mark Bidewell, said: "I have been going to the Golden Boot for years - it's amazing - the oldest independent shoe shop in the UK!