The 9 Best Ethical & Sustainable Heels (2022)

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We know how hard it is to find the perfect pair of high-quality, comfortable heels that you can wear all day and night. You want a pair that will last for years and can be paired effortlessly with any outfit, whatever the season.

However, many shoe brands produce their heels with unsustainable, environmentally damaging materials like virgin plastics and leather tanned with chrome and other metals – this process is damaging for the environment and the workers involved in the process.

That’s why we’ve researched a list of brands using alternative methods, ethical production, and sustainable materials, including recycled plastic, leather that is Leather Working Group Certified, and natural materials such as cork.

Let’s jump in.

The 9 best Ethical and Sustainable Heels Brands

1. Reformation

Reformation sustainable heels with block heel and ankle tie wrap

Sustainability: Carbon neutral company, creating sustainable and ethical clothing using low-impact eco-friendly materials

Heel Styles: Heeled sandals, kitten heels, and mules

Ships to: Worldwide

Cult sustainable clothing brand Reformation is synonymous with eco-friendly and ethical fashion. They make chic, always on-trend styles, and this also extends to their sustainable heels range, which features gorgeous kitten heels and statement block heel sandals.

Reformation designs and makes all of its products ethically in Los Angeles. The leather used in its leather heels is responsibly sourced from Leather Working Group gold and silver audited tanneries.

Reformation is a climate-neutral company, offsetting all the CO2 released in its supply chain. Reformation hopes to become climate positive by 2025, and you can read more about it here.

Reformation sandals open toe with straps

2. Alohas

Green strap, block heel sandals from sustainable shoe company Alohas

Sustainability: Leather Working Group Certified Leather, with low impact dyes, ethical production, on-demand production, reduces waste.

Heel Styles: Open toe sandals, block heel sandals, kitten heels, court shoes, heeled boots

Ships to: Worldwide

For affordable luxury leather heels that are ethical and sustainable, check out Alohas. This footwear brand specializes in creating on-trend heels and boots using ethical production and leather working group certified leather.

To combat overproduction, often a significant problem in the fashion industry, Alohas offer a pre-order system, which allows the brand to predict demand levels accurately; this ensures they only produce the number of shoes they will sell, thus reducing waste.

Black court shoe from Alohas

3. Nisolo

Nisolo sustainable block heel clogs

Sustainability: Certified B Corporation, 100% Living Wages, 0% Net Carbon, Responsibly sourced leather

Heel Styles: Heeled boots, sustainable heeled sandal styles, heeled mules

Ships to: the US only

For heels that you can wear all day and all night, check out Nisolo, who is on a mission to bring you comfortable and stylish, responsibly made shoes. Their heeled leather mule is the perfect day-to-night heel and can be dressed up or down.

Produced from responsibly sourced leather from Leather Working Group Certified Tanneries, Nisolo’s sustainable heels are made ethically and are carbon-neutral.

Nisolo leather mules

4. Beyond Skin

Beyond skin vegan leather heels

Sustainability: Vegan leather from recycled materials, ethically handcrafted in Spain

Heel Styles: Sustainable high heels, open toe sandals, mules, vegan sandals, court and wedding heels

Ships to: UK

Founded in 2001, Beyond Skin began with a vision to create a luxury vegan footwear brand; fast-forward twenty years, and they are still going strong, creating gorgeous vegan footwear from sustainable materials.

Beyond Skin design their vegan heels in England and then bring the designs to life in Spain, using the finest sourced materials, including recycled vegan leather.

Beyond skin sustainable heels in red and white gingham

5. Matisse

Matisse heeled boots

Sustainability: Sustainable materials, including regenerated leather from responsible tanneries and 100% recycled packaging

Heel Styles: Heeled mules, sustainable stilettos, block heel sandals, and sustainable wedges

Ships to: Worldwide

Los Angeles sustainable shoe brand Matisse has been designing quality, trendsetting collections for over two decades. Matisse ethically produces all of its shoes in family-owned factories, ensuring workers are treated fairly and paid a fair wage.

Matisse’s heel collection is perfect for work and play, with block heels perfect for daytime looks and open-toe heels for dancing all night.

Matisse heeled mules in leopard print

6. Bhava

Bhava sustainable vegan heels in silver with pointed toe and straps

Sustainability: Vegan shoe brand, using responsible and eco-friendly material to create ethical heels and sandals.

Heel Styles: Sustainable sling-backs, stilettos, court shoes, and heeled loafers

Ships to: US & International

Bhava is a vegan shoe brand, creating luxury animal-free heels and sandals from eco-friendly materials, including cork and vegan leather.

Designed in New York and ethically crafted by artisans in Spain, Bhava’s heels are unique, inspiring vintage designs, which are perfect for being on your feet all day, and dancing all night.

Bhava block heel sandals

7. Nomasei

Nomasei open toe slingbacks

Sustainability: Ethical heels, produced from metal-free, upcycled leather. Recycled packaging and organic cotton dust-bag.

Heel Styles: Slingback heels, block heels, court shoes

Ships to: Europe & UK

For sustainable heels that ooze coolness, check out French brand Nomasei, an ethical shoe company founded by two friends passionate about sustainability in the luxury fashion sector. Their eco-friendly and ethical heels are unique and offer a sustainable, luxury alternative to designer heels.

Nomasei’s sustainable shoes are designed in Paris and handmade by local artisans using the finest Italian sourced materials and metal-free leather in Montopoli, Italy. In addition, Nomasei is transparent about its materials and suppliers and ensure they produce its boots and heels with as little environmental impact as possible; you can read more about Nomasei’s sustainable initiatives here.

Nomasei heeled slingbacks

8. Vivaia

Vivaia kitten heel mules

Sustainability: Fabric from recycled plastic bottles, carbon-neutral soles

Heel Styles: Court heels, heeled mules, heeled boots

Ships to: Worldwide

For heels made from recycled materials, check out Vivaia, a sustainable shoe company creating knitted heels from recycled plastic bottles; it takes recycled plastic bottles to develop their unique eco-yarn for every shoe produced.

Each shoe is naturally antimicrobial and breathable and features an eco-friendly deodorizing insole that minimizes foot odor, even in hot, humid conditions.

Vivaia tie knot court shoes block heel


Miista designer strap heels

Sustainability: Ethical heels by Artisans in Spain and Portugal using high-quality materials and low-impact production methods

Heel Styles: Open toe sandals, court shoes, block heel styles, mules

Ships to: UK & International

Miista is a luxury footwear company designing bespoke heel styles using low-impact, eco-friendly production methods. In addition, Miista sources all materials and fabrics from the EU, which significantly cuts down flight time in shipment emissions to their production facilities.

Designed in London, Miista creates its unique designs that are then handmade over several months by highly skilled craftspeople in Spain.

Miista court heels

Wrapping Up: Sustainable and Ethical Heels

We hope you enjoyed our top picks for sustainable and ethical heels. As always please leave any feedback in the comments below.

If you’re on the hunt for other sustainable shoe brands, check out our guides on sustainable sneakers, boots and sandals.

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Bethany Worthington BSc (Hons) (she/her) is the Sustainable Fashion Editor and Co-founder of Ecothes. She has a passion for the environment, and a long love of all things clothing, and combines those two interests with Ecothes. In her free time she loves dancing, hiking in the countryside, and laughing with friends.

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