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Most of the country (or at least my mom) has finally stopped pronouncing it “vej-in,” and it’s safe to assume that you can find vegan options in most supermarkets and restaurants these days. But it’s actually not that easy to find quality animal-free clothes and accessories — made without any animal products like leather or by-products like wool — especially when it comes to shoes.
But that’s where the internet comes in. The following list includes some of the best-made and most on-trend vegan shoes you can buy online, from shoe labels like Doc Martens and Veja, which offer small collections of vegan shoes, to companies like Matt & Nat, which was founded with the goal of making completely vegan and sustainable shoes and accessories.
Still not seeing what you’re looking for? Head to the website for Moo Shoes, a New York City-based vegan accessories superstore that carries a great selection of vegan shoes for men and women from all kinds of brands.
If you like the look of brands like Maryam Nassir Zadeh and Mansur Gavriel — kitten-heeled mules and colorful block-heeled boots and sandals — but don’t want leather or suede, LA-based Rafa Shoes has you covered. The brand makes several extremely cute, very 2017 styles, but don’t expect vegan to mean they’ll be significantly cheaper; most are in the $300 range. That said, they’re all hand-made in LA, so you’re getting quality.
You’ve probably seen this brand’s signature style ($40), which looks sort of like a cross between a Croc and a Converse. But Native Shoes has a lot more to offer, from winter weather-friendly boots ($125) to knit athletic sneakers ($90). In addition to women’s and men’s shoes, the 100-percent vegan company also has extensive boys and girls options.
The trendy Swedish shoe label has a sizable collection of vegan options. The list is very fall friendly, with lots of booties and oxfords with either chunky platforms or more sleek, flat soles. The Kenova Chelsea boots ($130), Amina lace-ups ($140), and patent leather-esque Aurora loafers ($120) are particularly great.
Montreal-based Matt & Nat is probably the strongest pick on this list. Everything is vegan and sustainable and is either made from recycled or renewable materials like rubber and cork. (If you want to know more about the company’s impact, they’re super transparent and post a bunch of info online.) The best part is that the styles are trendy and classic at the same time, with options like block heels ($95), mules ($120), all kinds of boots and booties (from $98), monochrome sneakers ($95), and more.
While some of the shoes here definitely have knockoff vibes (try to say these don’t look like Birkenstocks or that these aren’t Doc Marten copies), this site is a still a decent option because of the breadth of options (for men, women, and kids) and number of certifications. You can grab everything from sneakers to hiking boots to cute loafers ($92), as well as the aforementioned dupes. The company is based in the UK but ships worldwide.
This Brazilian shoe brand makes unisex Chelsea boots, chukkas, oxfords, and sandals in striking patterns, as well as velvet and faux-leather. In addition to being 100 percent vegan, everything is made from recycled plastic bottles and vintage clothing. The website doesn’t ship to the US, but the brand has several stockists around the world, including some in New York and Los Angeles like Vegan Scene and Moo Shoes, both of which sell online.
Though classic Docs are made from leather, the boots brand has a fairly extensive vegan collection for men and women with the same iconic look as the rest of its shoes. Options range from Mary Janes ($125) to sandals to the eight-eye 1460 lace-up boots ($140).
Hip French sneaker brand Veja has a vegan section that features the same understated-but-colorful look as the rest of its lineup. Most are made from recycled and/or organic cotton and wild rubber in Brazil. Prices range from around $65 to $116.
Literally meaning “no cow,” Novacas makes high-quality vegan oxfords, boots, and more for men and women. Instead of PVC, the brand uses durable microfibers, which give the shoes a higher-end look. What’s more, the styles are super chic; the high heel clogs ($119) would look at home in any indie boutique, the booties ($149.95) are all super sleek, and the men’s brogues ($179.95) and other shoes are very handsome.