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So you’re looking for a new pair of shoes and want to ensure they’re vegan.
It can be a tricky process.
There are great vegan shoes out there, however, it’s hard to find them. Major brands often dominate shoe stores and they can be hidden away on Google as many of them are independent, or smaller brands.
We’ve created this article to give you a one-stop-shop to find the best eco-friendly and vegan shoes on the market.
You’ll find all types of vegan footwear here, from sneakers to sandals, to stilettos.
We’ve included brands that cater to both men and women, as well as brands offering options for everyone.
You can use the contents section below and click on the different sections to jump directly to them.
Let’s check out the list of vegan shoe brands you should be checking out.
Materials: Hemp and organic cotton, no animal glues
Best for: Vegan alternatives to Converse or Vans
Based in: Melbourne, Australia
Etiko are a vegan footwear and clothing brand based in Melbourne.
Rather than opting for a ‘do no harm’ mantra, Etiko are pursuing a more proactive path: do as much good as possible.
They use their business to help lift their workers out ov poverty in Sri Lanka, India, and Pakistan.
Etiko is also a Certified B Corp.All of their materials are vegan and cruelty-free, including GOTS-Certified organic cotton, hemp, and FSC Certified rubber.
|Etiko Pros||Etiko Cons|
|✔ Ethically Made||❌ High tops are glues not stitched to soles (using non animal glue)|
|✔ 100% Vegan and sustainable materials|
|✔ Great choice of colors and styles|
2. 8000 Kicks
Materials: Waterproof hemp footwear with algae bloom soles
Best for: Vegan waterproof sneakers
Based in: Portugal
8000kicks is a favorite of ours. The brand creates no-fuss waterproof shoes from 100% vegan materials.
The brand was the first to bring completely waterproof hemp sneakers to the market, and since its founding in 2018, they have grown from strength to strength. We’ve tested their shoes ourselves and love how lightweight the sneakers are. They only create two models of vegan shoes but watch this space for new releases.
|8000Kicks Pros||8000kicks Cons|
|✔ Waterproof||❌ Not as much choice as other brands|
|✔ Made form sustainable materials like Hemp|
3. Bhava Studio
Materials: Vegan leather
Best for: Womens vegan shoes
Based in: New York, USA
Bhava Studio is another innovative women’s footwear brand.
These vegan sustainable shoes are made from the highest quality artisan, organic, recycled and cruelty-free components.
Don’t expect them to fall apart quickly, either – these shoes have been stress-tested on the streets of New York City, where the brand’s founder resides.
They’re not a budget option, but they’re thoughtfully designed and created in ateliers in Mumbai and Spain.
|Bhava Pros||Bhava Cons|
|✔ 100s of fantastic reviews||❌ Some styles are quire expensive – but the quality is great|
|✔ Great choice of style for all types of vegan footwear|
4. Will’s Vegan Store
Materials: Sustainable materials, 100% animal-free
Best for: Whole range of vegan styles
Based in: London, UK
Will’s Vegan Store are a London based vegan shoe brand, and they’re also a carbon neutral company (which is great to see).
They offer a range of vegan footwear styles, including sandals (pictured above), boots, trainers, Chelsea boots, and more.
|Wills Vegan Store Pros||Wills Vegan Store Cons|
|✔ Amazing reviews on its best selling styles||❌ Some styles can sell out quickly in popular sizes|
|✔ Sustainable and ethical brand|
|✔ Great choice for vegan work shoes or smart shoes|
Materials: Vegan leather shoes from recycled materials
Best for: Vegan sneakers and chunky shoes
Based in: Spain
Beflamboyant is a sustainable shoe brand, creating comfortable, versatile, and completely vegan shoes from recycled and natural materials.
The brand produces its shoes ethically in Portugal from high-quality, buttery soft bio-based vegan leather.
We’ve tested a pair of Beflamboyant’s new Manimal collection and love them. The shoes came in recyclable packaging, and the natural bamboo lining is ultra-soft; you can read the full review here.
|Beflamboyant Pros||Beflamboyant Cons|
|✔ Stylish vegan sneakers||❌ May take a breaking in period|
|✔ Bamboo lining and vegan leather is super soft|
Materials: Vegan footwear made from recycled plastic bottles
Best for: Vegan flats and sneakers
Based in: San Fransisco, USA
Rothy’s is an American brand creating classic knit shoes from its signature thread spun from recycled plastic bottles.
Rothy’s vegan shoes are machine washable and lightweight, perfect for wearing all day long.
Not all of Rothy’s styles are vegan, but the brand has a huge selection of vegan styles.
|Rothy’s Pros||Rothy’s Cons|
|✔ Made from recycled plastic||❌ Not a completely vegan brand|
|✔ Great choice of styles for women and men|
7. Matt & Nat
Materials: Vegan leather from plastic based material
Best for: Men, Women
Based in: Montreal, Quebec
The name behind Matt & Nat, according to their website, stems from MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE.
Matt & Nat are a Montreal based sustainable brand offer a range of beautiful luxury vegan footwear options for both men and women.
They also offer a range of clothing and accessories, and you could theoretically buy your whole wardrobe from Matt & Nat (which is tempting)!
Powering their vegan collection of shoes and clothes is a range of interesting materials including recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork, and plastic bottles. Matt & Nat also recently introduced recycled bicycle tires to their collections.
|Matt & Nat Pros||Matt & Nat Cons|
|✔ Lot’s of choice for women and men’s vegan shoes||❌ Many styles are made from PU (plastic based)|
|❌ Reviews say that some shoes are not as durable and well-made as other brands|
Materials: Organic cotton, FSC-certified natural rubber
Best for: Vegan shoes like converse or vans
Based in: Germany
If you’re looking for a casual pair of vegan sneakers similar to Vans or converse, then Ethletic should be top of your list.
Ethletic is a PETA-approved vegan shoe brand creating versatile styles of sneakers from sustainable materials.
The brand is committed to responsible manufacturing and has a transparent supply chain where customers can add a tip to the person who made their shoes!
|Ethletic Pros||Ethletic Cons|
|✔ PETA approved Vegan brand||❌ Not a great option if you’re looking for smart vegan shoes|
|✔ Great vegan alternative to Vans or Converse|
Also available at the Ethicalsuperstore.com.
9. Stella McCartney
Materials: Recycled materials
Best for: Vegan designer shoes
Based in: London
Despite being a household name, we can’t ignore Stella McCartney.
As a fashion-forward, innovative brand, there’s no doubt that they’re pushing the sustainable fashion industry forwards in terms of awareness. Stella McCartney herself is a vegetarian, and the brand has never used animal leather or fur.
The recycled polyester McCartney uses has 24 times less of an environmental impact than Brazilian calf leather.
|Stella McCartney Pros||Stella McCartney Cons|
|✔ Designer quality vegan shoes||❌ Not budget-friendly as shoes are quite expensive|
|✔ Ethically made|
10. Eco Vegan Shoes
Materials: Vegan leather
Best for: Work shoes
Based in: Gouda, Netherlands
Eco Vegan Shoes live up to their name. Their goal is to make it easier to live a vegan lifestyle and purchase shoes for all occasions. You’ll be able to find every type of footwear style you could want, from sandals to hiking boots, pumps to sneakers.
Eco Vegan Shoes have won a range of awards for their vegan shoes, including Greenest Products, awarded by Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine.
They’re definitely worth checking out!
|EVS Pros||EVS Cons|
|✔ Good choice of styles||❌ Lack of customer reviews|
11. Bourgeois Boheme
Best for: Unique sneakers and flats
Based in: Portugal & London
Bourgeois Boheme is a London based brand, but all of their shoes are artisan-made in Portugal.
They offer a stylish range of footwear for both men and women, and are priced relatively affordably.
Bourgeois Boheme has been praised by celebrities such as Natalie Portman, Bryan Adams, and Torrey DeVitto for both their sustainable shoes, and their innovative styles.
|BBoheme Pros||BBoheme Cons|
|✔ Vibrant and unique styles||❌ Many styles are sold out|
|✔ Ethically hand made|
Best for: Vegan flats and sandals
Based in: USA & India
Runng is one of the most unique brands on this list (which you’ll quickly see when looking at their website).
Their vegan shoes are handcrafted, and hand embroidered. As you would expect, they’re PETA approved and all of the materials used in their production process are eco-friendly.
If you’re looking to stand out, Runng could be the vegan shoe brand for you.
|Rungg Pros||Rungg Cons|
|✔ Bespoke handmade vegan footwear||❌ No options for boots or sneakers (only sandals)|
13. Nomadic State of Mind
Best for: Minimalist vegan sandals
Based in: Cyprus
Nomadic State of Mind is a popular vegan shoe brand who create unique, high-quality sandals.
All of Nomadic State of Mind’s vegan shoes all handmade, and the brand focuses on making them durable and comfortable. They’re an ideal item of footwear for the hot summer months.
|Nomadic Pros||Nomadic Cons|
|✔ Great for a vegan summer sandal||❌ Rope may rub feet when wearing in.|
14. Taylor + Thomas
Who for: Luxury Womens vegan footwear
Based in: Los Angeles, USA
Taylor + Thomas are a vegan shoe brand for women that launched in 2018.
All of their shoes are made with sustainable materials from Italy and Japan, handcrafted by artisans, and they make sure every point in their supply chain is sustainable.
They’re a luxury option, but you’ll find it difficult to find a vegan shoe brand that matches Taylor + Thomas’ combination of style and attention to detail.
|Taylor + Thomas Pros||Taylor + Thomas Cons|
|✔ A Bespoke and luxury vegan option||❌ The brand’s shoes are on the pricier side|
15. Cult of Coquette
Best for: Vegan heels and pumps
Based in: West Hollywood, USA
Cult of Coquette is on a mission to make vegan shoes that are both chic AND ethical.
They’re still a relatively new company but have built up a loyal following eager to try and buy their new collections whenever they get released.
If you’re looking for a pair of unique, luxury vegan shoes, Cult of Coquette could be the brand for you.
|Cult of Coquette Pros||Cult of Coquette Cons|
|✔ Fantastic range of vegan heels||❌ Materials are vegan but may not be as eco-friendly as other brands listed|
16. Kallie & Co
Best for: Women’s vegan shoes
Based in: USA
Kallie & Co is a fair trade vegan shoe brand creating luxury flats for women. Their collections include stylish sandals, loafers, and brogues perfect for work and casual wear.
Kallie & Co uses 100% animal-free and fair trade sourced materials, including recycled materials, so you can look cute without harming any animals, humans, or the planet.
|Kallie & Co Pros||Kallie & Co Cons|
|✔ Fair Trade Brand||❌ No sneaker options|
|✔ Affordable vegan footwear|
Is there a Vegan Shoe Brand You Think We’ve Missed?
These vegan shoe brands are some of the best on the market – with a range of styles, price ranges, and locations, there should be a vegan shoe for everyone here.
Know any vegan shoe brands that should be in this list?
Let us know in the comments – we’ll review the suggestion and add them to the list!
If you enjoyed this list, we think you’ll love our guides on vegan sneakers, vegan wallets, and vegan sandals.
I love the Nomadic brand and I appreciate all the vegan fashion for making an alternative to those who prefer and only use vegan stuff. Indeed creative.
Agreed, Nomads are doing great work! Glad you enjoyed the article Milley.
Hi, do you know the brand shoes M.D.F? I dont know if their shoes are vegan and they have a beautiful pair but the seller doesn’t know if this pair is vegan, I have to check it out
I haven’t heard of that brand, but feel free to send the link over and I’ll check them out. If it turns out they aren’t vegan, I can definitely recommend any of the brands on this list!
Beautiful site.. 🙂 Great write up too, maybe NAE is missing but all in all great work!