More than just an eating habit, veganism is a way of life, which can require a lot of research and pre-planning. Sometimes, it can be hard to know which shoes are vegan and which aren’t. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of our top ten favourite vegan styles here on AllSole. Cool, comfortable and cruelty-free, these shoes will make you look as good as you feel. Ranging from trainers and boots, to sandals and heels - this list truly has something for everyone. If you want to check out the entire collection, have a look in our dedicated vegan shoes section.
The top 10 vegan footwear brands
Veja shoes offer a brighter future, taking sustainable fashion a step further. Not only are the shoes vegan friendly, each material is carefully chosen to combat waste. This brand doesn’t put a foot out of line, making sure each and every material is ethically sourced.
Putting the environment first, Veja buys rubber directly from Seringueiro communities settled in the Amazon, rather than careless suppliers. The upper is coated with material sourced from the corn waste industry and even the lining is made from recycled fabric. Thanks to these ethical choices, the brand has helped to preserve more than 120,000 hectares of the Amazon forest since 2004.
A cult favourite, Conversehas been making durable vegan shoes since 1908. Although some of the styles come with leather or suede trims, most are made from the label’s signature and vegan-friendly canvas. As comfortable as they are stylish, the ‘Chuck 70’ design puts a modern twist on the classic style. Great for pairing with a wide leg or your favourite jeans, Converse perfectly captures the essence of understated cool.
Made entirely from Vegan leather, these Grenson boots practise sustainability without compromising on quality. Carefully crafted, the material is recyclable, breathable, antibacterial and even washable. What’s more, the shoe is lined with soft microfibre material that can absorb up to 8 times its weight in water, keeping you dry and comfortable, whatever the weather. Despite the chunky look, these shoes are surprisingly lightweight, set upon a sturdy EVA rubber sole.
#4 Dr. Martens Boots
Even Dr. Martensare now available in vegan leather! The revised design retains all the label’s iconic signatures, including the high-top silhouette, exposed yellow welt stitching, grooved midsole and AirWair heel pull. More than just a pretty face, these shoes are carefully constructed to give a lifetime of wear. Goodyear-welted, the boots are heat-sealed and sewn together to ensure long lasting durability. Just as hardy as the non-vegan equivalent, these Docs still need to be worn in – so make sure you have some thick socks to hand.
#5 Dr. Martens Sandals
Wondering what to wear in summertime? Don’t worry, Doc’s sandals also come in vegan leather. Taking the gladiator sandal to new heights, this flatform style really goes for gold. Reimagining the brand’s signature style for the summer season, the sandal gives the Dr Martens DNA a new look. Still big and chunky, the shoes will give your summer wardrobe a punky edge.
Stand tall in Vans’ vegan platform trainers. Designed in a black and white colourway, these shoes will go with everything from a dainty dress to a pair of baggy jeans. Bringing a bit of skater cool to your everyday looks, this simple silhouette is super easy to style. Finished with the brand’s iconic waffled outsole and a signature Vans 'Off the Wall' licence plate.
Change lives with the TOMS’ vegan espadrilles. Not only is this purchase cruelty-free, it also helps those in need. Probably the most philanthropic brand on the planet, TOMS invented the ‘One for One’ business model. For every pair of shoes bought, TOMS provides a free pair of shoes for a child in need. Having sold over 60 million pairs in the last ten years, TOMS has made a huge difference worldwide. Changing the world one shoe at a time, this brand definitely deserves your support.
Feeling bold? Ash’s ‘Spider Stud’ trainers were made with sustainability in mind. Making a statement in black, the shoes were crafted from a blend of recycled materials, helping to reduce waste. The classic round toe design is updated with daring silver-tone studs, making an entrance wherever you go. As functional as they are fashionable, the shoes are padded at the heel and tongue to ensure long-lasting comfort.
#9 Tommy Jeans
If you’re looking for a simple staple, the Tommy Jeans ‘Virginia’ sneakers have you covered. The classic plimsoll design is realised in a dazzling shade of white, set upon a sturdy rubber sole. Comfortable and cruelty-free, the understated silhouette will go with endless outfits.
The perfect fit for a hot summer’s night, Castañer’s wedges recall sandy beaches and midday siestas. Made and decorated by hand in Spain, the shoe is completely vegan, crafted from a blend of cotton canvas, natural jute and rubber. Although the height elevates any look, the wedges are also unbelievably comfy – so there’s no need to bring an extra pair of flats in your bag.