Some years ago, buying a new pair of shoes as a vegan was a tough mission: you needed to check every label and still… There were no guarantees that the shoes were cruelty-free due to the glue. Luckily, the vegan shoe market is constantly growing: nowadays you can choose from a large variety of international vegan shoe brands offering different styles and materials.
The best brands always invest in environment-friendly production methods and innovative and durable materials like Pellemela® (from apple skin) and grape leather. Moreover, most of these vegan brands also ensure the fair treatment of their workers during the whole manufacturing process.
But let us get practical: Which are the most ethical brands? Are you looking for some style suggestions? What about sustainable materials? Here are some five-star vegan brands you can easily buy online through their official website. They also have several retailers listed in the relevant section. Do not forget to check out their social media feed, you will probably end up falling in love with (maybe) too many pairs of shoes.
In the city of Cittadella, in the north of Italy, Veronica and Giovanni offer a wide variety of vegan styles, following the most fashionable international trends like white platform sneakers and sling-back heels. And then, to top everything else off, their shoes are hand-made by Italian artisans using biomaterials like Biopolyols. In their online shop you can also find other premium vegan brands like Fera Libens.
2 – Minuit sur Terre
Based in the city of wine, Bordeaux, this French brand will seduce you with elegant and comfortable styles. Their ankle boots are a must have, as well as their sparkling sandals and wedges, hand-made in a small Portuguese laboratory with premium Italian microfiber. Cannelle, their wonderful mascot, told us that their new collection includes a stylish pair of sneakers made with grape leather.
This UK-based brand is a synonym of quality. Will started his ethical business back in 2012, offering comfortable and premium-quality shoes, produced in Italy and Spain under fair working conditions. Wills only uses environmentally friendly vegan leather created with bio oils: the brand is now certified carbon neutral. Check out their icon Chelsea and Aviator boots.
4 – Mireia Playà
Glam shoes anyone? This Spanish brand offers a great collection of sleek, original shoes. The design of Mireia Playà’s shoes is unique: squared toe, block heel, enriched with precious accessories and details. Their heeled ankle boots, as well as their sandals are super-comfy and will definitely brighten up your outfit. Hand-made in Spain with top-quality materials.