20 Best Vegan Shoes Brands To Wear In 2022

When you think of the word vegan, you usually think of no meat and no dairy. So naturally, you would assume all shoes are vegan.

But that’s not the case. Since vegans try to avoid animal products in general, they avoid shoes made of leather, wool, fur and other materials that come from animals.

The main driver of non-vegan friendly shoes is leather, which sadly kills many animals a year.

But fortunately, more new brands are coming out with vegan leather that helps to keep more animals with us.

Are shoes that are vegan good for the environment?

According to PETA (yes, I’m aware not many people are a fan of them), cow-derived leather has a negative environmental impact that’s three times the impact of polyurethane leather.

The livestock pollution that comes from all of the cows raised to make the leather is the biggest harm to our waterways according to the EPA.

Beyond the environmental impact, there’s a human impact as well. Many of the workers who dye and process the leather are exposed to toxic chemicals which can be physically harmful.

Choosing to go vegan in your shoe shopping is good for the animals, the environment, and humans in general.

With these things in mind, here are the top brands that you can get vegan-friendly shoes from.

Pictures of women in shoes illustrating vegan shoes brands that people can buy

1. Della Terra Shoes

Della Terra Shoes offers a wide selection of vegan footwear, such as sandals, boots, and block heels. They’re a B-certified corporation and fully believe in sustainability, accessibility, and inclusivity

All the products are made in Italy using ecological recycled materials. The company also avoids the use of solvents and harmful substances.

2. Avesu

Started in 2010, this German brand has been one of the top vegan shoe companies around in Europe and around the world.

Avesu states on their website that all their shoes and accessories are made from environmentally friendly and ethically sourced materials.

They also express that their workers are treated fairly and with respect. The company offers sneakers, business shoes, sandals, and variety of other options.

Unfortunately, the prices are pretty high, but the quality appears to be exceptional.

3. NAE

NAE is a Portuguese footwear brand that believes in making shoes with sustainable materials and a creative design.

When you browse their collection, you’ll see they offer a lot of unique looking footwear from cork shoes to organic cotton shoes.

You can get 10% off of your orders if you subscribe to their newsletter. The prices are again a bit pricey, but if you have the money to spend, you’ll really appreciate the quality.

4. Mooshoes

Mooshoes is a company that’s a bit more affordable with items under $50. They sell some vegan-friendly shoes through their house brand Novocas, while also selling shoes made by other brands.

The company is a woman-owned brand that also sells vegan-friendly bags, walets, books, accessories, and t-shirts.

5. Native Shoes

Native Shoes states on their website that their products are 100% animal-free. They aim to make all of their shoes 100% life cycle managed by 2023.

They started an initiative known as the The Remix Project that allows you to recycle your native shoes after you’ve used them.

Like Mooshoes, a lot of their products are affordable selling for under $50.

6. Veja

Veja is a French shoe brand that makes shoes out of vegan leather and practices ethical manufacuturing.

They managed to find a way to take corn waste and turn it into a leather material.

Only some of their shoe are vegan currently, and yes, they are expensive.

7. Rothys

All of Rothys shoes are hand-made from recycled materials. They sell machine washable pointed toe flats, ballet flats, and slip-on sneakers.

They make use of recycled plastic water bottles, vegan adhesives, and carbon-free rubber soles to produce their product.

If you’re looking for one of the best sustainable vegan shoe companies, this company definitely ranks at the top.

Be mindful that the price tag is a bit hefty.

8. Call It Spring

After 2019, Call It Spring committed to making all of their new shoes vegan moving forward. They offer vegan boots, sandals, and other shoes for both men and women.

Additionally, their handbags and accessories are all now vegan as well. This Canadian brand offers 20% off on new arrivals and free shipping on orders over $70.

You’ll be able to find some options under $50.

9. Converse

While Converse isn’t completely vegan, they do sell some shoes that are. The shoes are made of rubber and cotton canvas.

But some of their styles still use animal leather unfortunately, so if you’d rather not support their business as a result, we understand.

10. Mink

Mink is a company based out of Italy that sells luxury vegan-friendly shoes. They believe in making the best shoes in the world with no animal products.

They use their own private factory to make the products, and aim to find ways to use organic, recycled, and sustainable components to make their shoes.

Be aware that these are definitely the most expensive shoes on this list.

11. Ethical Wares

Ethical wares is a family run business that offers leather-free footwear and other accessories that are vegan.

You can shop anything from boots, shoes, trainers, belts, clothing, and many other products. The company was started in 1993 and is based out of the UK.

They deliver worldwide and they are a PETA approved vegan company. You can find a few low-priced on options on their website.

12. Bourgeois Boheme

Bourgeois Boheme is vegan brand based out of London which sells luxury vegan boots, shoes, and sandals.

You can be comfortable knowing the shoes are made without silk or animal-based blues, wool, leather, and fur.

The shoes are made in Portugual in factories they’ve handpicked which provide good working conditions and good pay.

13. Vegetarian shoes

Don’t let the name fool you. Vegetarian shoes sells more than just shoes without meat. They’ve been selling vegan friendly footwear since 1990.

The company as started by Robin, who wanted to learn how to make shoes himself. He discovered that yachting upholstery could be an effective replacement for leather was more breathable.

As a result, his shoes are not only innovative, but also good for the planet.

14. Stella McCartney

While Stella McCartney describes itself as a vegetarian brand, none of the shoes contain leather, fur, or exotic skin feathers.

Additionally, none of the glues that they use for their shoes come from animal origins. Given the company is more of a luxury brand, you shouldn’t expect to find too many low-priced options.

15. Will’s Vegan Store

Started in 2012, Will’s Vegan Store sells everything vegan from their sneakers to their purses.

Shipping in the US is free and returns and exchanges are free for 365 days. Their also isn’t any additional taxes for shipping.

16. Sydney Brown

Sydney Brown is another luxury brand that sells luxury vegan-friendly shoes and vegan bags. Among the shoes they sell include clogs, boots, and high heels.

They use factories in Portugual that commit themselves to sustainable production. They’re also a PETA approved company as well.

17. Nat-2

Nat-2 is a sustainable footwear brand based out of Germany. Their shoes have been included in museum collections and received international awards.

They use a variety of natural materials to make their shoes including, moss, flowers, and coffee grounds.

18. Doc Martins

Doc Martins is a brand that sells a few vegan-friendly shoes. The footwear are made without fur, down, angora, or any exotic animal skin or hair.

Nonetheless, you should be aware that some of their products are made with leather and wool.

19. Veerah

Stacey Chang, the founder of Veerah, decided she wanted to sell vegan dress shoes after realizing there weren’t many ones available in the market.

All of their products are ethically made and use only innovative vegan materials such as recycled plastic textile and animal leather.

20. Beyond Skin

Last but not least is Beyond Skin, which is a shoe company that sells designer vegan boots and shoes. All of their products are ethically handmade in Spain.

Having been around since 2001, this company is one of the leading pioneers in sustainable vegan footwear, which can assure you that you’ll get the best quality product.

Final thoughts on vegan footwear

I know many of these shoe brands were luxury ones, but as mentioned before, sometimes it can be very expensive to create sustainable products.

As a result, businesses may have to raise the price of the product to make a profit.

Still, it’s a worthy investment for the good of the environment, and its often the case sustainably made products tend to last longer.

So, you can hopefully expect that you won’t have to pay for new shoes anytime soon. Take a look at any of these vegan footwear brands to find a shoe option that works best for you and the environment.

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  1. My big complaint – here and on other sites – is that you seem to be more interested in getting people to Buy vegan shoes than in “What’s a GOOD, well-made vegan shoe?” I cannot tell you how many bad reviews I have read on vegan shoes across many different brands! And the complaints are always: The shoe doesn’t breathe – it feels hot to wear. Or this shoe is cheaply made and fell apart soon after I bought them. Or It has a chemical smell. Or it is hard and doesn’t flex with my feet. And finally – the shoe scuffs easily and no shoes dye or polish can get rid of the scuff marks.
    Could you PLEASE start reviewing the various brands of vegan shoes and tell us which ones are the Best and meet all the criteria I mentioned above? Yes I want vegan shoes – but I do not want to waste my money on poorly made things …. Just Because Their Vegan. As the writer here – well, I think you should next do a true comparison of the many brands to tell us which is truly, actually, really a DECENT pair of shoes. Just being vegan isn’t enough, you know.