7 Best Vegan Sandals for a Cruelty-Free Summer

There is a variety of natural, synthetic, and recycled materials that can be used in vegan sandals: cork, vegan leather, recycled post-consumer waste plastics, organic cotton, and much more.

If you’re vegan, or simply want to support brands with cruelty-free initiatives, you’re in for a treat: we’ve hand picked some of the best vegan sandals out there and brought them together in this guide.

We’ll look at a variety of options, but they all have one thing in common: no animals were harmed in the making of these sandals!

Our Vegan Sandal Picks for Summer 2021

1. Bhava

Bhava vegan sandals

Sustainability: 100% vegan, works with women-owned factories

Pricing: $$$

Ships to: Worldwide

Bhava’s vegan sandals are crafted in India’s first fully women-owned footwear factory. Their sandals are made from materials including cork, organic cotton, recycled microfibers, and more. The one thing each material has in common? No animals are harmed to create them.

Bhava’s founder, Francisca, has a background in sustainable fashion, having taught Ethical Fashion & Sustainable Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Now, she’s applying her expertise to her brand, Bhava.

As well as being made from ethical materials, all of Bhava’s sandals look stunning— with a range of smart and casual styles.

Pictured: Athena 2 in 1 Slide, $226

2. Matt & Nat

Matt and Nat vegan sandals

Sustainability: 100% vegan, ethical factories, fully sustainably by 2023

Pricing: $$

Ships to: Worldwide

We’ve highlighted this sustainable Canadian brand before, and it’s because Matt & Nat is a great option for your vegan footwear needs.

They make a range of items, from sandals to shoes, to vegan purses, to luggage.

All of their products are 100% vegan and their designs are minimalist and modern, perfect for dressing up or down.

The brand uses innovative materials like recycled windshield glass resin, polyurethane, and recycled plastic bottles. The brand works with ethical factories that their CEO visits 2-3 times per year, and the factories are audited for their practices and ethics twice a year.

Pictured: Anzu Vegan Sandals, $85

3. Beyond Skin

Vegan Slip On Sandals by Beyond Skin

Sustainability: 100% vegan, ethically sourced materials

Pricing: $$$ – $$$$

Ships to: Worldwide

Beyond Skin offers a wide range of shoes and sandals, all made from syndetic, vegan leathers in their factories in Spain. The cotton-backed polyurethane is sourced from Italy, and is kinder to the earth than traditional vegan leathers made from PVC which can contain toxic and harmful chemicals.

All of their sandals are made from sustainable materials, including upcycled and recycled rubber, resin, and even post-consumer cardboard.

The brand is based in the UK, but ships worldwide. The sandals are on the more expensive side, but they’re built to last, and look excellent.

Pictured: Connie Black Faux Leather Sandals, £195

4. Nae

Nae Vegan Sandals for Women

Sustainability: PETA-Approved vegan, recycled and sustainable materials, ethical factories in Portugal

Pricing: $$ – $$$

Ships to: Worldwide

Nae’s vegan sandals are all made in Portugal from a range of sustainable materials including cork, Pinatex (vegan leather), recycled plastics, organic cotton, pineapple leaf fibers and more.

They create a range of sandals for women and men, and if you care about shopping from cruelty-free brands, you can’t go wrong with NAE. After all, even the brand’s name stands for “No Animal Exploitation”.

You can choose from smart sandals with a small heel, or flats for walking around comfortably all day.

The brand is PETA-Approved Vegan, so you know it’s a good choice.

Pictured: Karia Black 2 Strap Vegan Sandals, $99


Toms vegan flip flops

Sustainability: Range of vegan options, shoe donation program, eco-friendly materials

Pricing: $ – $$

Ships to: Worldwide

TOMS are well-known for their shoe donation program: buy one pair, and one pair is donated to someone in need. Today, they offer a wide range of shoes, including a selection of vegan sandals.

The Carly Sandals pictured are made from REPREVE Recycled Polyester uppers, and a Green EVA midsole, and best of all, they’re 100% vegan.

They’re a great option for an affordable, easy going summer sandal for trips to the beach or strolling somewhere warm.

Pictured: Carly Sandal, $39.95

6. Matisse

Vegan Woven Sandals Matisse

Sustainability: 100% vegan range, PETA-Approved vegan, green shipping options

Pricing: $$

Ships to: Worldwide, but with minimum order requirements outside the US

Matisse make a variety of vegan shoes and sandals designed for effortless, easy living that you can dress up or down.

The sandals use materials like woven raffia, synthetic leather linings, and all of the materials are PETA Approved Vegan.

In their woven sandals (like those pictured), each pair will be unique as the raffia has unique natural variances, which we love.

The brand also has initiatives like water-shed waste reduction and using reclaimed materials.

Pictured: Koko Slide Sandal, $35

7. Immaculate Vegan

Cruelty Free sandals like birkenstocks

Sustainability: 100% vegan materials, made in Europe, materials all sourced in Europe, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified

Pricing: $$

Ships to: Europe, North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, UAE, Hong Kong, and Japan

Immaculate Vegan, as the name suggests, is another great option for cruelty-free sandals. The brand is the very first 100% vegan footwear company in France, and they’ve won a variety of awards and been endorsed by PETA, and ethical fashion advocates like Emma Watson.

The brand doesn’t make all of their sandals, and instead, they stock items from other small sustainable brands who need a bigger platform.

The sandals pictured are made from materials like Appleskin leather, made from 40% apple waste, with a natural cork midsole, as well as being Oeko-Tex certified and made in Europe. The boxes your pair of sandals ship in is made of recycled paper.

Immaculate is a great brand to support as they help lift up other brands producing vegan shoes and sandals that are 100% free of animal products.

Pictured: Juno Slide-On by Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, £99

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