So maybe you’ve already made the switch to cruelty-free cosmetics, and now you’re starting to look at your closet too. Or maybe you’re looking for ways to lessen your carbon footprint. Regardless of where you are on your cruelty-free journey, a great way to make an impact with your fashion choices is to support vegan and sustainable brands. With such an extensive list of ethical brands to choose from, there’s no reason to support animal cruelty in the fashion industry.

To make things a little easier, I’ve included some information on how to determine whether the shoes you’re buying are vegan, a long list of 100% vegan shoe brands, and a breakdown of 15 of my favorite sustainable brands from the list. For more information on vegan leather and sustainable materials, check out my guide to vegan handbags here.

Identifying Vegan Shoes

Vegan shoes are made of a variety of synthetic and natural materials. But how can you determine whether the shoes you’re buying are vegan? Footwear manufacturers must label their products with an indication of the materials used for the upper, lining, insole, and outer sole. This information is usually available on a tag or sticker on the shoes themselves, with symbols like the ones depicted in the graphic below.

When in doubt, look for shoes made of “textile” or “other materials” rather than “leather” or “coated leather”. Unfortunately, footwear manufacturers are not required to label whether the glues they use are animal-based, so this may require an email or phone call to their customer service team.

Long List of Brands

An easy way to ensure the shoes you’re buying are vegan is to buy them from a 100% vegan shoe brand. That means they don’t use any animal derived materials including leather, fur, hair, wool, silk, feathers, shells, or even animal-based glues in their shoes.

Three great online resources for browsing a variety of vegan shoe brands in one place are Avesu, Mooshoes, and Vegan Chic. And as if this list isn’t extensive enough already, many popular brands like Birkenstock, Dr. Martens, Free People, Lulus, Sole Society, and Veja have dedicated sections for vegan shoes on their websites.

  • Ahimsa
  • Bahakita
  • Baluta
  • Bangs Shoes
  • BC Footwear
  • Bella Storia
  • Beyond Skin
  • Bhava
  • Bhiankina
  • Blanlac
  • Bleed
  • Blowfish Shoes
  • Bohema
  • Bourgeois Boheme
  • Brave GentleMan
  • By Blanch
  • Charmone
  • Collection & Co
  • Corda
  • Cosi Cosi
  • Cri de Couer
  • Cult of Coquette
  • Cynthia King Dance
  • Da Quy
  • Divadi Shoes
  • Eco Vegan Shoes
  • Ethletic
  • Etiko
  • Fair
  • Fairma Ethical Designs
  • Fera Libens
  • FlamingosLife
  • Freerangers
  • Friendship Shoes
  • Fugu
  • Fuse
  • Golden Ponies
  • Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather
  • Gunas New York
  • Hiraeth
  • Hivi Shoes
  • Holster Fashion
  • Hooves Vegan Shoes
  • Huntd
  • Independent Fox
  • Indosole
  • Insecta
  • Kailia
  • Kat Mendenhall
  • Kave Footwear
  • Keep Company
  • King 55
  • Koi Footwear
  • Love is Mighty
  • Loyal Footwear
  • Malibu Sandals
  • Manavai
  • Matt & Nat
  • Mechaly
  • Melissa
  • Mercy Made
  • Merry People
  • Mesa
  • Mink
  • Minuit Sur Terre
  • Mireia Playà
  • Mohop
  • Muroexe
  • Nae Vegan Shoes
  • Native Shoes
  • Nemanti
  • Noah
  • Noharm
  • Nomadic State of Mind
  • No Saints
  • Novacas
  • NR Rapisardi
  • Okabashi
  • Olsenhaus
  • Ontems
  • Patricia Correia
  • Pawj California
  • People Footwear
  • The People Movement
  • Rafa
  • Risorse Future
  • Rombaut
  • Roni Kantor
  • Rothy’s
  • Rungg Shoes
  • Scotti Vegan Shoes
  • Sofie Bly
  • Stella McCartney
  • Susi Studio
  • Sydney Brown
  • Talon Vert
  • Tastemaker Supply
  • Taylor + Thomas
  • Trópicca
  • T.U.K.
  • Twoobs
  • Unstitched Utilities
  • Veerah
  • Vegetarian Shoes
  • Vogas
  • Vyom London
  • Will’s Vegan Store
  • Zette
  • Zouri Shoes

The Best Vegan Shoe Brands

With such a vast ocean of brands to swim through, I thought it would be helpful to shine a spotlight on 15 of my favorites from the list. These brands all have ethical manufacturing practices and many of them use innovative sustainable materials.

1. Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin was founded in 2001 with the objective of offering luxury vintage-inspired footwear with an ethical twist. Their shoes are designed in England and handmade in Spain with Italian vegan leather and other sustainable and recycled materials. Beyond Skin shoes have been worn on the red carpet by Anne Hathaway, Miley Cyrus, and Natalie Portman.

BrandBeyond Skin
CategoryWomen
Price Range$125-$375
WhereHove, England
BuyBeyond Skin

2. Brave GentleMan

Joshua Katcher founded Brave GentleMan in 2010 as the first vegan menswear lifestyle brand. Their shoes are designed and handmade in New York City from Italian vegan leather and other sustainable and recycled materials. And their cruelty-free suits and accessories are favorites of stars like Joaquin Phoenix, Liam Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alan Cummings.

BrandBrave GentleMan
CategoryMen, Women
Price Range$170-$640
WhereNew York City, New York, United States
BuyBrave GentleMan

3. Golden Ponies

Golden Ponies was founded in 2008 in Guadalajara, Mexico, where their affordable shoes are designed and made-to-order. In addition to using locally made Mexican vegan leather, they use deadstock and leftover materials. And because their shoes are made-to-order, you can choose your own custom color and material combos!

BrandGolden Ponies
CategoryWomen
Price Range$20-$70
WhereGuadalajara, Mexico
BuyGolden Ponies

4. Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

When Marion Hanania founded Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather in 2011, it was the first vegan shoe company in France. Their shoes are ethically manufactured in Portugal with vegan materials sourced from Portugal, Spain, and Italy. Impressively, they are heading toward being 100% recyclable by 2021! Their newest collection features plant-based leather made from apple skins. Good Guys shoes have been seen on celebrities like Emma Watson and Miley Cyrus.

BrandGood Guys Don’t Wear Leather
CategoryMen, Women, Kids
Price Range$120-$250
WhereParis, France
BuyGood Guys Don’t Wear Leather

5. Loyal Footwear

Loyal Footwear is the new kid on the block, founded in 2019 by Keiko Hirosue and Rebecca Heykes in Hoboken, New Jersey, where their shoes are designed and made-to-order. They use vegan leather, recycled soling rubber, and plant-based textiles. And their gold and silver shoes (pictured above) are made from pineapple leather (Piñatex)!

BrandLoyal Footwear
CategoryWomen
Price Range$100-$270
WhereHoboken, New Jersey, United States
BuyLoyal Footwear

6. Merry People

Dani Holloway founded Merry People in 2014 out of frustration over the lack of ethical weatherproof (and cute) boots on the market. Merry People specializes in classic gumboots for men, women, and kids, made from natural rubber and neoprene lining durable enough to withstand all types of weather. They are designed and made in Australia, and then sent to two small warehouses in Melbourne and Los Angeles.

BrandMerry People
CategoryMen, Women, Kids
Price Range$70-$130
WhereMelbourne, Australia
BuyMerry People

7. Minuit Sur Terre

Founded in 2017, Minuit Sur Terre shoes are designed in France and made in Portugal. In addition to using vegan leather and suede, Minuit uses recycled plastic bottles for mesh and laces, recycled rubber for outer soles, as well as recycled cotton. The lining and insoles of their shoes are made out of viscose fabric from grains, and their new collection features grape leather! In continuation of their sustainability efforts, they also launched “Aurore”, a platform for secondhand vegan shoes in good condition at a lower price.

BrandMinuit Sur Terre
CategoryMen, Women
Price Range$130-$160
WhereBordeaux, France
BuyMinuit Sur Terre

8. Mireia Playà

Mireia Playà is an edgy and trendy brand designed and made in Spain, founded in 2016. Mireia uses Italian vegan leather and suede in a wide range of colors and textures, recycled polyester, as well as sustainable vegetable leather.

BrandMireia Playà
CategoryWomen
Price Range$75-$175
WhereBarcelona, Spain
BuyMireia Playà

9. Native Shoes

Native Shoes specializes in “beast-free” lightweight shoes. Founded in 2009 in Vancouver, they are designed in Canada and manufactured in Portugal, China, and Vietnam. My most worn shoes are their “Mercury LiteKnit” because they are sooo comfortable and they go with everything. Their new “Plant Shoes” (pictured above) are entirely made from plants like pineapple, corn, cotton, olive oil, and hemp, and are completely biodegradable. Recently, Native also initiated the “Remix Project”, to give well-loved shoes a new life.

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BrandNative Shoes
CategoryMen, Women, Kids
Price Range$25-$200
WhereVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
BuyNative Shoes

10. Novacas

Novacas (Spanish for “no cow”) is vegan store MooShoes’ house brand, founded in 2001 by sisters and Queens natives, Erica and Sara Kubersky. Their stylish shoes are designed in New York City and ethically manufactured in Portugal using Italian vegan leather and suede. My favorite pair of boots is by Novacas, and I can attest they are incredibly durable and water-resistant. If you visit Mooshoes’ flagship store in the East Village, please say hi to their adorable rescued cats for me! Oh, and grab some vegan soft serve from Orchard Grocer next door while you’re at it.

BrandNovacas
CategoryMen, Women
Price Range$50-$220
WhereNew York City, New York, United States
BuyMooShoes

11. Susi Studio

Susi Studio’s glamourous shoes are designed in Los Angeles by Bianca Moran Parkes, who founded the brand in 2016. Susi shoes are made in Portugal and Hong Kong with sustainable materials like canvas, denim, hemp, and faux leather produced from recycled plastic bottles. Famous fans of Susi include Rooney Mara, Emma Watson, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande.

BrandSusi Studio
CategoryWomen
Price Range$105-$135
WhereLos Angeles, California, United States
BuySusi Studio

12. Tastemaker Supply

Tastemaker Supply was founded by Frey Chu in 2018. Their durable shoes are designed in El Monte, California and handmade in Taiwan with vegan leather and suede. Tastemaker custom makes their own insoles with extra padding so they’re super comfy. And they have a new “Cork Eco-Sneaker”, handmade in Portugal from local materials.

BrandTastemaker Supply
CategoryMen, Women
Price Range$70-$240
WhereEl Monte, California, United States
BuyTastemaker Supply

13. Veerah

Stacey Chang founded sustainable luxury brand Veerah in 2014 in New York City for “the modern woman”. Their shoes are manufactured in a family-owned factory based in the Guangdong region of China, with eco-friendly materials like apple leather, algae foam, organic cotton, and renewed plastic textiles. Veerah’s new “Appeel Collection” showcases their beautiful apple leather.

BrandVeerah
CategoryWomen
Price Range$150-$350
WhereNew York City, New York, United States
BuyVeerah

14. Vegetarian Shoes

Vegetarian Shoes has made animal-friendly shoes in England since 1990. In addition to vegan leather, they use cork, hemp, organic cotton, and pineapple leather (Piñatex). They have a variety of classic and vintage styles for hiking, running, working, and even astronaut-ing! I’ve had a pair of the “Veggie Trekkers” for many years and I absolutely love them.

BrandVegetarian Shoes
CategoryMen, Women
Price Range$55-$225
WhereBrighton, England
BuyVegetarian Shoes

15. Will’s Vegan Store

Will’s Vegan Store was founded in 2012 by Will Green. Their products are designed in England and made in Italy and Portugal with vegan leather and suede, as well as recycled rubber, organic cotton, cork, and terrycloth. My favorites are the “Huarache Footbed Sandals” and the “WVSport Waterproof Hiking Boots”. The “NY Sneakers” (pictured above) are also on my wish list. All of Will’s products are mailed with plastic-free carbon neutral shipping.

BrandWill’s Vegan Store
CategoryMen, Women
Price Range$45-$165
WhereLondon, England
BuyWill’s Vegan Store

That’s a wrap! Do you have any favorite vegan and sustainable shoe brands? If so, please share them in the comments below! I would love to know.

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