Vegan shoes are really having a moment, and vegan shoe brands are killing it with beautifully made, harm free products.
I can remember not too long ago when the the closest thing you could get to vegan shoes were cheap canvas or synthetic leather shoes from one of the big-box stores. Obviously these shoes were not made to last and pretty much looked as cheap as the store they came from.
Boy, have things changed! Vegan leather is now a thing and more and more big brands are realizing that if they want to please the growing number of ethical vegans out there, they too are going to have to produce vegan shoes.
What the Hell are Vegan Shoes Anyway?
I can remember the very first time I saw a pair of shoes marked vegan. It was years ago and I thought to myself, “Why the hell are these marked as vegan? They’re not edible!”.
Fast forward to today and I feel pretty silly for having had that thought. Of course there’s such a thing as vegan shoes! Veganism extends beyond what we put in our bodies, and also includes what we put on our bodies.
The obvious first thought when it comes to buying vegan shoes is to avoid leather made from cows. But that’s not the only animal byproduct that can be found in shoes. Sheepskin and wool are also commonly found, as well as snake or alligator skin.
But even if you buy all canvas or “fake” leather shoes there might still be a sneaky product lurking within the shoes you can’t even see. Surprisingly, glue derived from animals can be found in a LOT of shoes.
When I first found out about this I was pretty frustrated and annoyed. I had been doing everything I could to avoid buying animal skin shoes, only to find out my efforts were seemingly fruitless.
But, as with the rest of my pursuit to lead an ethical vegan lifestyle, I eventually realized that there is no such thing as perfection. It’s more a matter of learning and doing the best I can with what I have.
Thankfully, companies like Will’s Vegan Shoes are transforming products like vegetable oil, apple peels, and pineapple leaves into vegan leather. Even recycled plastic bottles, cork, and rubber are being used to make incredibly beautiful (non-animal skin) materials that look, last, and feel like the real deal.
Getting your hands on real vegan shoes might still be a challenge. If you don’t have the luxury of sauntering down to your local vegan clothing store to pick up you next pair of vegan boots or sandals then you’ve come to the right place.
Here are 15 brands that are making vegan shoes you can buy online!
Please note – Some of my selections contain affiliate links which allow me to earn a small percentage every time you make a booking or purchase a product. Using the links helps me to keep Veggie Visa running, and allows me to provide all the information found on this site free of charge.
Will’s Vegan Shoes – My Favorite Vegan Shoe Brand
This is my absolute favorite brand of vegan shoes. Will’s Vegan Shoes have been a staple in my closet for years now. I even included the brand in my vegan winter packing list when they sent me some vegan leather boots to try out.
After a few pairs of cheap synthetic leather winter boots fell apart within months of buying them, I decided to start investing in high-quality, authentic, PETA-aproved vegan shoes. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m now the proud owner of two pairs of Will’s boots, and one of their gorgeous vegan backpacks, and I couldn’t be happier.
What I love about Will’s, in addition to their beautiful shoes, is the fact that the company is truly sustainable. The packaging is carbon neutral, doesn’t contain plastic, the footbeds are made from recycled rubber, and rest of the shoes are made from eco-certified materials. Plus, it’s a small company…and who doesn’t love supporting a small company?
If you’re in Europe and interested in checking out Will’s shoes you can visit their site here.
Ethletic is a German, fair-trade, vegan, and sustainable shoe company producing a wide range of causal urban shoes.
The reason I was initially drawn to Ethletic is because I had long been a lover of Converse shoes, but discovered that they used animal glue. Ethletic turned my frown upsidedown when they sent me a pair of their trainers to test out.
The super comfy shoes are excellent from the get-go and don’t need to be broken in. They’re also stylish and unique. I’m a lifelong fan!
Nae Vegan Shoes
Nae, which stands for “No Animal Exploitation” is a Portuguese vegan shoe brand with a huge variety of sneakers, boots, dress shoes, and sandals for men and women. Additionally, they produce vegan wallets, bags, and belts.
The company, which uses pineapple leaves to make leather for their shoes, maintains a philosophy to produce quality footwear while fighting human, animal, and environmental exploitation.
If you’re wondering about quality and durability, rest assured. I’ve owned a pair of Nae sandals for three years and they’re still in great shape!
Matt & Nat
Matt & Nat is the Montreal based creator of some of the most beautiful vegan wallets and bags I’ve come across. Until recently, however, I didn’t realize that they even made vegan shoes. Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with that knowledge. If their shoes are any bit as luxurious as their accessories, and by the looks of their site they are, then they must be absolutely fabulous.
There are two things I love about Vegetarian Shoes (don’t worry, they’re actually vegan). One, their massive selection of shoes, and two, the fact that they’ve been around for nearly 30 years!
This British brand offers hundreds upon hundreds of shoes on their site. Boots, loafers, sneakers, sandals, heels, espadrilles, ballet slippers, and more. Plus, they have some of the best prices I’ve seen. So if you’re on a budget (and even if your not) the Vegetarian Shoes website is a great place to start your vegan shoe shopping adventures.
Don’t you just love that name? Leafy Souls is another brand offering oodles of styles on their website at reasonable prices. If you happen to catch one of their sales then you can get a truly excellent bargain for a brand new pair of vegan shoes!
One of the coolest aspects of the Leafy Souls website is the review section where buyers can upload pictures of their purchases so you can see what the product actually looks like once received.
One downside to buying vegan shoes is that it can be tough to find colorful or unique dress shoes for women. Fair Shoes is the solution to that problem. Need some metallic vegan stiletto heels? No problem. How about red suede pointed pumps? They have that too.
Fair Shoes is a Portuguese brand devoted to creating modern, vegan shoes to suit various lifestyles. All of their shoes are created under worker-friendly conditions and with respect to animals and nature. So there’s absolutely nothing to feel guilty about. Let the retail therapy begin!
The name says it all! Beyond Skin is a luxury vegan shoe brand producing stunning vegan leather boots, shoes, and sandals in a sweat-shop free environment. If you’re a fan of animal print then you’re going to love their faux snake vegan boots!
The UK brand makes their shoes and Spain but delivers worldwide, so no matter where you are you can get your hands …er feet on them!
Ahimsa is a Brazilian vegan shoe brand that was started in 2013. The company’s philosophy is love and they embrace spirituality, respect, and conscious awakening, a message that is echoed by the CEO’s journey to veganism.
After being diagnosed with diabetes at a young age, Gabriel Silva turned to vegetarianism as a way to treat his illness. After some time he began to think about veganism and consider the ethical aspects of the lifestyle. Eventually he became vegan and created a fully vegan shoe brand to suit his lifestyle and the lifestyle of others striving to treat animals with respect.
Today the brand creates men and women’s causal and dress shoes. All vegan of course!
Big Brands Making Vegan Shoes
In addition to the aforementioned smaller vegan, some of the largest shoe brands on the market have started producing vegan shoes or offer accidentally vegan shoes.
Vans Vegan Shoes
Vans is among my absolute favorite shoe brands. Not only are their skater style shoes extremely comfortable, made to last, and super cool looking but many of their styles are also totally vegan.
You can even search for “vegan” on their website. My last search returned over 200 styles. If the particular style is vegan the description will include the sentence “The materials used in the manufacturing of these styles (including adhesives) are free of any animal by-products and therefore are 100% vegan.” How awesome is that?
Reebok Vegan Shoes
Reebok, one of the world’s biggest shoe brands, now offers a vegan line. After some urging by PETA, the company has adjusted their Cotton and Corn line so that the design is now 100% vegan. It’s a small, but massively important, step toward an even more vegan-friendly future.
Nike Vegan Shoes
I’m not going to pretend that Nike is the most ethical company on the market, but since it’s probably the biggest sports shoe brand out there, their recently launched vegan shoe is a huge deal. The vegan Air Max 90s shoe is made from sustainable materials including recycled foam, organic cotton, and up-cycled sawdust…yes sawdust.
Adidas Vegan Shoes
Putting other big shoe brands to shame, Adidas plans to produce over 11 million vegan shoes in 2019 alone. The brand creates their vegan shoes with recycled plastic and has even partnered up with the Beastie Boys on one of their vegan shoe designs. You can see a list of their most popular vegan shoes here.
TOMS Vegan Shoes
Remember TOMS? The shoe brand that made funky espadrille style shoes with leather soles that made your feet stink something rotten if you wore them without socks?
Well, they happen to have a huge line of vegan shoes including the original TOMS style, sandals, slip-ons, sneakers, and even flip-flops. Let’s hope the vegan variety are a bit more breathable!
Yes, that oh-so-popular 90s brand of chunky leather combat boots has a vegan variety. The English brand has stayed pretty true to the original design but you can also get sandals, loafers, and Chelsea style boots made from vegan leather.
There you have it! Some of the best brands making vegan shoes on the market. What do you think? Are you ready to go on an all vegan shopping spree yet? Is there anything I missed? Do you know about an incredible vegan brand I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear from you. Just leave a comment for me below!
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