The days of clunky pleather boots and hemp sandals are long gone. Now, conscientious fashion shoppers have seemingly limitless choices when it comes to animal-free footwear. Whether you’re looking for ultra-glam heels, handcrafted vegan leather clogs, or a pair of “man-made” shoes from your favorite mainstream shoe company, these 20 cruelty-free kicks will fit the bill.
1. Veja Sneakers
These classic unisex sneakers—worn by the likes of Emma Watson—are made from sustainable materials such as organic cotton and wild rubber from the Amazonian forest. Their effortlessly cool appeal can easily go with any outfit, making them an easily transitionable staple for any season.
2. Insecta Shoes
Nerdy chic has never looked so cool. This 100-percent vegan Brazilian-based shoe brand makes all sorts of stylish boots and sandals, but we’re head over heels for these galaxy-inspired Oxfords made from recycled materials.
3. Birkenstock Sandals
Everyone’s favorite old-school sandal company debuted a vegan line last year, and we couldn’t wait to snatch up a pair. These sandals feature Birkenstock’s beloved anatomical footbed and high-quality vegan leather so you can live out your hippie dreams in the comfiest sandals ever.
4. People Footwear
This Canadian shoe company makes casual footwear from innovative materials such as rubberized foam and even ensures all of their textiles are cruelty-free. Slip on these light-as-air sneakers, and you’ll be looking for excuses to leave the house.
5. Good Guys
Boasting features in high-profile magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Nylon, and more, this women-owned company has been breaking fashion boundaries one fashionable shoe at a time. And it’s really no surprise the seven-year-old brand has taken home numerous awards from both Fashion.net and PETA. These bright white boots are just one of its timeless and durable offerings.
6. BC Footwear
We j’adore these ultra-luxe vegan booties from this super fashion-forward brand. The soft vegan suede alone makes us want to snap up a pair right this minute! Pair these cute boots with a pair of dark wash jeans, and you’re ready for a night out.
7. Native Shoes
This environmentally minded company is aiming to revolutionize the manufacturing process by setting up a system for customers to send in their worn out shoes to be ground down and made into new ones. This sustainable approach to fashion is just as endearing as this brand’s stylish hiking boots.
8. Toms Shoes
This philanthropic company has given over 60 million shoes to children in need, but what makes us love this brand even more is its extensive selection of animal-friendly kicks. We’re opting for its iconic slip-ons, but you can choose from other styles such as wedges and boots.
9. Bourgeois Boheme
Handmade in Portugal, these Piñatex kitten heels are as eco-friendly as they are cute. This celebrity-worthy brand has garnered the affection of Natalie Portman and Bryan Adams, so you’ll be in glam company when you dress up in a pair of these grey soles.
Manifest having a good day when you slip on these Manifest sneakers from this brand-new, ethically focused company. You can feel even better knowing that for each pair sold, a tree is planted in Vietnam.
11. Nae Vegan Shoes
Nae (standing for No Animal Exploitation) ensures all of its products are made without animal or human exploitation. From using natural materials such as cork and pineapple to manufacturing only in certified factories in Portugal, your conscience can rest easy when you wear these kicks.
12. Teva Sandals
You’ll be set for your next adventure when you fasten the velcro strap on these ever-popular sandals. Head out for a hike, walk your dog at the park, or skip to a low-key vegan brunch—the options are endless. Check out the vegan search on its website for a full list of cruelty-free offerings.
13. By Blanch
This woman-owned company manufactures its vegan leather in Italy and produces its products in Spain, crafting shoes that are oh-so-Instagram-ready. As the leaves start to change color and the air gets chilly, we can’t wait to zip up these sleek booties.
With a slogan like “No Animals. No Pain. Just Shoes.,” we already knew we’d be a fan of this Germany-based company, but then we saw these super cute, pale yellow, vegan suede heels. And now we’re obsessed. This PETA-approved company’s magazine-quality shoes are making cruelty-free look so good.
15. Collection & Co.
This UK-based vegan shoe store (yes, they have a storefront in Bristol) has been outfitting vegan Londoners for the past two years and is quickly garnering a loyal fan base for its use of innovative textiles and fashion-forward styles such as these Piñatex sneakers.
16. Matt & Nat
A favorite among many cruelty-free shoppers, this high-fashion brand has spread internationally. Worn by A-list celebs including Olivia Wilde, Emily Deschanel, and Tobey Maguire, this brand’s clean and minimalist designs are on everyone’s must-have lists.
17. Keep Company
These California-made sneakers are water-resistant and have a natural, grippy gum sole, making them essential for skaters and mallrats alike. You can feel good when you strap on these kicks because each pair is ethically made in sweatshop-free factories.
18. Susi Studio
Recycled plastic water bottles are magically transformed into these modern, fashion-forward flats in a completely women-owned-and-operated Hong Kong factory before being shipped to this sunny Los Angeles-based lifestyle company.
19. Tastemaker Supply
Each pair of these shoes are handmade by experienced shoemakers and the comfy custom-made insole makes these boots even more of a dream to wear. We’re pairing these statement booties with a pair of cuffed jeans for an #OOTD worthy of an Instagram post.
20. Veerah Shoes
Shoes made from apples? Yes, we’re serious. This floral-printed, bio-based vegan leather is derived from organic apples grown in the Italian Alps and results in breathable and durable textiles that make even 4-inch heels super comfy.
Sarah McLaughlin is an assistant editor at VegNews who is super eager to go on an online shopping spree after looking at all these cruelty-free shoes.