Leather, suede, and collagen-based glues are common materials in shoe-making, but more companies are now using 100% synthetic materials, creating unintentionally vegan shoes. In addition, some companies are dedicated to making exclusively vegan shoes, so it’s easy to find plant-based shoes for any occasion. Here are 23 plant-based shoes that prioritize the planet without sacrificing comfort.
Warm Weather Shoes:
1. Rope Sandals
These Handmade JC Sandals(Amazon) from Nomadic State of Mind are soft, machine washable, and made from sustainable materials. They’re lightweight and roomy enough for wider feet. Rope sandals are perfect for picnics, music festivals, or a summer stroll.
2. Teva Vegan Sandals
The vegan Teva Women’s Tirra Sandal(Amazon) offers great support for walking, even through water! Many hikers use it as a river-crossing shoe, but it’s also great for everyday summer use and traveling. The multiple velcro straps allow personalized adjustment and the small heel and arch help support your foot while walking.
3. Vegan Birkenstocks
Birkenstock sandals are made to fit your feet with an orthotic footbed, and they now have a vegan line. Vegan Birks are made in a separate factory, and many of the styles can be ordered in wide or narrow varieties. This Cork Footbed Sandal (Amazon)provides adjustable straps with color and pattern options.
4. Recycled Tire Men’s Flip Flops
Indosole Flip Flops (Amazon)provide a waterproof and durable sandal made from recycled tires, rubber, and fiber straps. They’re ethical, zero-waste, and come in many color combinations.
Cold Weather Shoes:
5. Vegan Doc Martins
Doc Martins, a popular boot brand, now has a vegan line made of fully synthetic materials. Check out this Vegan Dr. Martins Boot(Amazon), a #1 bestseller in men’s combat boots that provides good grip in rainy and snowy weather.
6. Faux Leather Wedge Ankle Booties
This cute lace-up ankle bootie(Amazon) is a great fall or winter staple. Available colors like taupe, maroon, and blue denim match the autumn color palette. The cushioned insole and soft material will keep you comfortable in this heel all day long.
7. Rubber Rain Boots
Avoid slipping in wet weather with the BOGS rubber rain boots (Amazon)that keep your feet dry with a rubber outside and wicking technology inside.
8. Chukka Boot
The comfortable and stylish men’s chukka boot (Amazon)is great for keeping your feet warm and business casual. The memory foam sock makes walking easier than normally expected from dress shoes.
9. Sketcher’s Walking Slip-on
Skechers Go Walk walking shoes (Amazon)are made of fully synthetic materials and are perfect for any foot. They come in narrow, regular, and wide sizing. Many reviewers applaud these shoes for easing the pain of arthritis, bunions, bone spurs, and plantar fasciitis. They also come in a large range of colors for personalization.
10. Adidas Cloudfoam Running Shoe
The Cloudfoam memory foam in these Adidas running shoes(Amazon) creates superior cushioning during runs while the outer mesh material allows breathability and flexibility. They also slip right on and mold to the foot.
11. Altra Running Shoes
Altra running shoes are made for comfort with wide foot-shaped toe boxes and even cushioning between heel and forefoot to promote natural ankle and foot alignment. The Altra Lone Peak Trail Running Shoe (Amazon)is great for trail or road running and hiking. Altra also has some waterproof models, shoes for speedwork, and hiking boots.
12. WHITIN Cross-Trainer
A bestseller in men’s track & field shoes, these cross-training shoes (Amazon)are great for speed work, racing, or weightlifting. The zero-drop design prevents heel striking and no materials used come from animals.
13. XPETI hiking boots
XPETI makes vegan men’s (Amazon)and women’s(Amazon) hiking shoes. Made from fabric, synthetic materials, and rubber, these shoes are built to protect your feet from the elements (waterproof mesh) and the trail (rubber toe cap) while providing ankle support and good traction.
14. Lighweight Japanese Trainers
Japanese ultra-light trainers by FUGU are versatile handmade shoes are made for outdoor or indoor exercise including walking, dancing, and running. Sturdy and lightweight, they’re made of cotton, recycled rubber, and canvas.
15. Black Faux Leather Slingback Vegan Kitten Heels
These handmade 5.5cm black kitten heels by Beyond Skin are great to wear to the office or on a date. They’re vegan faux leather with a breathable lining and a sleek design.
16. Women’s Dress Pump
The LifeStride Dress Pump (Amazon) is fashionable and comfortable with a foam insole, heel support, and flexible outsole. They’re also designed for balance, making them easy to walk in as heels.
17. Point Flats
Will’s Vegan Store has many vegan shoe options, including vegan suede point flats perfect for professional wear. Cushioning within the shoe helps make a comfortable flat that’s also water-resistant. As a bonus, these shoes are certified carbon-neutral!
18. Vegan Women’s Oxford
The Salma, a maroon vegan oxford, takes on the classic oxford shape with an added shine (from a lacquered exterior). Fairtrade, ethically sourced, and cruelty-free, you can wear these stylish and affordable shoes guilt-free.
19. Mark Nason Men’s Oxford
Great for more formal attire, Mark Nason vegan men’s oxfords offer a modern design to the dress shoe by adding memory foam for a more comfortable sole and water-resistant but breathable mesh upper, replacing the traditionally leather part of an oxford.
Slip-on and House Shoes:
20. Vionic Beach Slip On Sneakers
Slip on these Vionic sneakers (Amazon) with ease. They’re comfortable, lightweight, and machine washable while also coming in a variety of colors and patterns. Perfect for running errands or just walking around the house, the soft canvas outsole paired with midsole arch support provides optimal comfort.
21. Knit Bootie House Slippers
These fleece house bootie slippers (Amazon)are great for keeping your feet warm in cold weather. A memory foam insole provides support while chenille velvet and fleece lining create a soft cushiony interior. Although they’re house slippers, the non-slip rubber soles also make them great comfy outdoor shoes.
22. Adidas Massage Slides
The 100% synthetic Adissage slide sandal (Amazon)massages your foot as you stand or walk using the EVA nubs on the footbed. These sandals are great for a post-workout foot massage or when you need a shoe that’s easy to slip on and walk out the door or lounge around the house in. The massage nubs can take some getting used to, so some may prefer the standard Adidas comfort slides.
While not the most fashionable shoes on the planet, crocs (Amazon) have become a #1 bestselling shoe and are completely vegan. These shoes are great for people working on wet surfaces and those with wider feet, built for comfort and grip. The heel strap can shift to provide more support and keep the shoe from slipping. You can also customize these clogs with shoe charms called Jibbitz(Amazon).