10 vegan shoe brands you can wear with pride
The ever increasing impact of fashion imprints on our environment has led to the creation of eco-friendly fashion items made with responsible materials using sustainable innovations.
Putting the planet first is no longer an afterthought, as some brands put all their heart and soul into providing leather-free and eco-friendly alternatives, especially when it comes to footwear. Given the dangers of the leather industry, massive energy and toxic chemicals are used in manufacturing, resulting in the effluent from tanneries, which is one of the biggest sources of soil pollution and as a by-product. water to the world, it’s time to do without leather.
From innovative shoes using waste and recycled rubber tires to grain, here’s a list of some of the most durable, durable and stylish vegan shoe brands that you can wear with the greatest pride.
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The eponymous London-based luxury brand launched by former Jimmy Choo chief designer Alfredo Pīferi makes 100% vegan shoes, sandals, mules and boots with impeccable craftsmanship. From the production to the packaging of the shoes, great attention is paid to reducing the impact on the environment.
The shoes are made by a team of artisans in Parabiago, Milan, using vegan materials like BIOVEG certified Bio Vegan Nappa and vegan suede. The shoes are made with processes that use 44% less energy and generate a 13% less carbon footprint.
All shoes are vegan inside out with their Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified cellulose insoles and recycled ABS. The shoes are packaged in an FSC® certified recycled cardboard box, carefully wrapped in recycled tissue paper, accompanied by a certified organic cotton dust bag.
The vegan footwear brand also received the ‘Launch of the Year’ award at the Footwear News Achievement Awards (2020), which is considered the Oscar for footwear.
Created by Tina Bhojwani and Jean-Michel Cazabat, Aera is a New York-based luxury vegan footwear brand that works on the “110% offset” philosophy to fight the environmental footprint and at the same time help our planet heal. Launched in 2018, all of the brand’s vegan shoes are made in Veneto (Italy) by experienced artisans.
Using significant carbon and water offset technologies, the vegan shoe brand has been able to plant approximately 2,000 trees in the Mississippi alluvial valley and return 622,000 gallons of water to dried up streams and rivers in the United States.
The vegan footwear brand is certified carbon negative by SCS Global Services, which oversees and quantifies brand impacts from production to packaging.
Vegan shoes are made from bio-based and recycled materials, box-wrapped and tissue paper made with post-consumer recycled and organic waste as well as a certified cotton dust bag. On top of that, they also received Butterfly Mark recognition from Positive Luxury for its measurable impact and enduring efforts.
Beyond Skin was created in 2001 with the sole aim of offering luxury vegan leather footwear that combines durability and style. The products are designed in England and handcrafted in Spain using environmentally friendly materials such as vegan and faux leather with plant polymer coating.
The insoles are made from environmentally friendly materials such as post-consumer cardboard, PU plastic and recycled rubber resin from Spain. They have a wide variety of shoes ranging from vintage sneakers and boots to bridal shoes.
The brand’s client list includes Hollywood stars like Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway. Its products have been featured in leading magazines including Elle, W Magazine, British ,US Vogue, and Marie Claire. Notable awards Beyond Skin have won include The Observer Ethical Award, Grazia Award, PETA, RSPCA and Drapers.
Manufacturer of the first cruelty-free Indian footwear, Senso has been offering a range of stylish and contemporary vegan footwear since its inception in 2012. Based in Mumbai, the vegan footwear brand was born out of the need to educate people about their fashion footprint and offer them a much better alternative to leather.
Senso is approved by PETA and has also won the “Vegan Dress Shoes for Men” award from PETA. They specialize in formal and casual shoes for men and women, as well as belts, wallets and buckles.
Since its inception in 2001, the luxury fashion brand has been committed to putting the planet first. McCartney herself is a longtime vegetarian and animal rights activist who has spoken out against the use of leather, fur and other animal products.
The brand has made waves for its collaboration with Adidas for 100% cruelty-free, sustainable and vegan sneakers, also known as ‘Stella Stan Smith’.
The designer’s line of luxury vegan footwear uses materials like vegetarian leather, recycled nylon and organic cotton to combat the impact of greenhouse gases. The brand is PVC-free, fur-free, anti-animal testing, and strives to use cruelty-free, leather-free solvents as well as dyes.
In 2019, the company won the Ground Breaker Award at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards in Milan for its use of sustainable products and practices.
Manufacturer of the world’s first bio-basketball, Yatay is one of the most sought-after vegan and cruelty-free shoe brands, also approved by PETA. With every pair of shoes sold, the brand plants a tree apart from using other sustainable strategies in practice.
The eco-friendly vegan leather shoes are made with eco-friendly materials such as grain and wood with soft viscose linings and recycled rubber soles. They are also approved by the USFDA for the use of organic materials with considerably low environmental impact.
All products are made in the Italian Marche region using locally sourced materials. Customers have the option to recycle their old Yatay shoes and dispose of them in a sustainable manner.
Mumbai-based eco-conscious shoe brand Achilles’ Heel makes custom pairs for vegan-friendly consumers. Nirali Ruparel founded the brand in 2012 to offer bespoke vegan shoes for men in a variety of styles, colors, materials and shapes.
Materials are sourced locally from eco-friendly tanneries and customers can choose between vegan or leather to get their hands on truly personalized and unique shoe designs.
Each pair is made with excellent craftsmanship and customers can even choose to mold the shoe, design the entire shoe, or just choose the best pair from their shoe collections.
Founded by Kyle Parsons, the impetus to launch Indosole came from a pair of sandals made from motorcycle tires he purchased on his trip to Bali. At the brand’s flagship store in Bali, Jennifer Gregory met Kyle Parsons and brought Indosole to Singapore.
Indosole is an all-terrain shoe brand offering vegan products, responsibly crafted and made from natural rubber with Enviro fiber straps. They only use natural dyes and so far the brand has been able to save 80,000 tires from landfills.
German brand of sustainable vegan and vegan leather footwear, Ethletic offers a wide collection of shoe styles ranging from sneakers to sandals and skate shoes. Launched in 1998 with the production of soccer balls, the brand launched its first Ethletic sneaker in 2004, which also became the first sneaker in the world to receive the Fairtrade seal of approval for the use of fair trade organic cotton.
The brand uses eco-friendly materials like natural rubber harvested from FSC-certified plantations and latex milk as adhesives to make vegan shoes that are PETA-approved. They also received the Fairtrade Award in the Manufacturer category in 2016 in Berlin.
The brand has its production sites in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India where it uses certified materials of local origin using ethical and fair trade practices.
The Japanese word Kibo translates to “Hope” in English. The vegan shoe brand has pioneered the use of discarded materials and is giving new ‘hope’ to using waste for ethical and sustainable shoe manufacturing.
Drawing inspiration from the family shoe business, Simon founded Kibo with Natalie to reduce the impact of waste on the planet. They also donate part of the profits from the sale of each pair to victims of human trafficking.
The vegan shoe brand makes shoes from waste leather and recycled plastic using a sustainable manufacturing process that recycles 95% of the water. The insoles are made from naturally based materials such as herbal Tencel ™ to make them comfortable, odor-resistant and anti-bacterial.
They also have a Try Before You Buy option for customers in Singapore which allows them to have their products delivered to their address and only pay after they try and decide to keep the shoes.