There are many articles on the web written about where to find vegan shoes, that is, shoes created for people living a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle who are against the abuse of animals in any way and refuse to wear leather (or shearling, wool, or silk for that matter) on their feet.
The big problem is that most of these articles are enormously long lists where half the websites don’t work… and the ones that do lead you to shoes such as this:
on websites such as this:
I have been there. I used to think there was basically no way I could ever wear cool shoes again. But there are definitely COOL vegan shoes in existence.
You can definitely collect a wardrobe of cool vegan shoes. Have no fear.
Let me guide you.
Where to Find Vegan Shoes Online that are Actually Cool
Ok. First check out my Cool Vegan Shoes Pinterest Page
But if you don’t find what you are looking for there, here is how to take the power into your own hands!
First thing. Before you start buying vegan shoes, you need to keep in mind there are two categories of vegan shoes.
“Intentionally Vegan” are shoes made by vegan companies out of respect for animals, while “Unintentionally Vegan” shoes are shoes that use synthetic leather simply because it is cheaper than real leather.
Intentionally Vegan shoes are usually much more expensive, but these are the companies that are doing great things in the world. They are run by vegans or vegetarians, they support animal causes, they popularize veganism, and much more care and love is put into the production. They are the pioneers–they are our PEOPLE. I say, definitely support these people whenever possible.
However, they are small companies and so they have limited selections and are pricey. Sometimes you may want to or need to buy Unintentionally Vegan shoes for convenience.
Unintentionally Vegan shoes can be found anywhere cheap shoes are sold. I have learned through years of practice to pick these shoes with deadly accuracy out of a lineup. Here is a good rule of thumb:
The cheaper the shoe (or bag), the more likely it is to be vegan.
This is really true. You can be pretty confident that if a shoe is under $50 it will probably be made without leather, since leather hides are oddly shaped and more expensive than synthetic materials.
All man made materials
These are the terms you will likely see with these cheap shoes. These are all plastics and vegan materials.
Ok. Always check the product details though, even with shoes under $50. Sometimes, annoyingly, shoes will have leather accents or whatnot.
Here is another tip:
Filter the shoes by price. Try under $50.
And see what comes up! Remember: The cheaper the shoe, the more likely it is to be vegan, so hopefully many vegan options should come up.
Now here is a list of my personal favorite, tried and true sources for vegan shoes. Intentionally Vegan companies first, since they are the coolest.
The Best Places to Find (Intentionally) Vegan Shoes:
Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather is an adorable French company with vegan shoes that are undeniably cool. I love them.
Cri de Coeur is another great place to find cool stylish vegan soes.
Novacas shoes are always pretty cool. You can buy them at MooShoes, a good place to find vegan shoes online.
Novacas X brave Gentleman is a collaboration that has VERY cool vegan shoes for men. I have a pair and love ‘em.
Mooshoes is an online store that sells a helpful selection of mostly all intentionally vegan shoes. This is a great place to go and just see what vegan companies are offering. Sometimes it can be a disappointing experience though–not all the shoes are very cool at all. And sometimes they only sell a few shoes from the line, which are not the coolest to my mind.
Vshoen is kind of like Mooshoes but based in Canada instead of NYC. Although some of their shoes tend towards the hemp-ish, there are a lot of really cool shoes on their site, and there are often sales, etc. Super nice people too. Definitely check these guys out!
Cow Jones Industrial Boutique is a vegan boutique that has a modest online store. You can find some cool vegan brands there and often majorly marked down. The owner is v. nice too.
Melissa Shoes is a company which makes very INTERESTING but often very cool shoes. They are made out of the kind of material Jellies are. Check them out with a google search! They did a gorgeous collab with Vivienne Westwood that you can still find on amazon and ebay. Next year they’re doing a collab with Karl Lagerfeld.
Mohop Shoes makes really cool vegan wooden sandals that lace up with ribbons. They look awesome on.
Doc Martens came out with a vegan line and they’re awesome.
Ok that’s about it. My best recommendation is Check out these links and if all else fails, check out mooshoes!
The Best Places to Find (Unintentionally) Vegan Shoes
This is sadly a much easier section to write.
If you think your tastes are similar to mine, check out my article first. My Top Ten Vegan Shoe Essentials…that you can always find online“. Might be helpful. If not,
Modcloth is probably my favorite place to search for unintentionally vegan shoes and bags. They get in sometimes like 15 new shoes and bags a day and probably about half of them are vegan since it’s an inexpensive place, and they’re really unique and fun shoes. You never know what you’ll find here.
Forever21.com is also a really great resource for vegan shoes, and they are usually under $25. They have very trendy styles, but some nice traditional classic looking basics as well. Beware, you get what you pay for. These heels can be sky high and really uncomfortable, but you never know! Some fit great.
Urbanog has a large selection of very cheap, trendy vegan shoes. You can find some cool stuff here along with the trashy. I recommend.
H&M in store has some really nice vegan shoes. These are definitely cool.
Free People usually has a vegan leather section, which is thoughtful of them. I love their style, so I am usually very happy with what I see there.
Urban Outfitters often has cool vegan shoes, though they definitely have a lot that are not, but check it out. Use my filtering technique…say, shoes under $60. But remember to check the product details to make sure.
American Eagle usually has nice vegan sandals in the summer, along with some nice vegan boots in the winter, if we’re lucky. They definitely sell shoes made with leather though so be careful.
Vans.com is great for vegan sneaker options, and you can even customize your own, but be careful because not all their styles are vegan. Here is a list of all the vegan vans available now. Keds are a good option for vegans as well. All their styles are made of canvas with rubber soles unless leather is listed in the description.
Old Navy.com can be hit or miss, but almost all their shoes are vegan and very very cheap! They usually have a great selection of ballet flats.
Nastygal.com sometimes has vegan shoes. This is the place to go if you need to go clubbing or something, and need to look really really hot. Most of their shoes are not vegan, but filtering by price, you may find something pretty babe-a-licious.
Amazon. Search for Vegan Shoes or your favorite vegan shoe company and see what comes up. You can get great prices.
If you still haven’t found the kind of shoes you are looking for at any of the above sites, comment on my blog and I’ll try to help you. But if you prefer to search in deeper waters alone, check out some of these places.
Wantedshoes.com Most of their shoes seem to be vegan. They have a really big selection of non leather shoes, and a lot of classic styles.
Lulu’s.com has a very large vegan section on their site, but their shoes are often overly trendy and weird, and may not be what you’re looking for.
Gojane.com is a similar site to Lulus with trendy styles, but also some nice different options you might not have seen anywhere else.
Freerangers is a beautiful line of handmade rustic vegan shoes made in England.
Toms.com has a small vegan shoe section. Remember not all Toms are vegan though they seem like they should be. The vegan selection is actually pretty bad, but check it out.
keds.com sells some cool vegan shoes.
TheGeneration is a small Etsy store that sells handmade vegan hemp and linen flats suitable for every day wear or for weddings–for brides and bridesmaids. They can be made with beautiful ribbons to match your wedding colors. They remind me of Toms.
Delias.com for nostalgia’s sake, haha. They have cheap shoes and many vegan shoes.
Spottedmoth.com is a small online store that I’ve found usually only carries non leather shoes and bags.
Green Shoes is an English company that hand makes beautiful, stylish, rustic looking Vegan sandals, boots, and shoes, as well as bags and accessories. They also run vegan shoe making workshops in Devon, England.
Please comment and let me know if I’ve missed anything. I want this to be the most helpful guide on the web.
Remember, as frustrating as it can seem to find shoes, vegan shoes are everywhere, but they are hidden amid masses of leather shoes. One day in the future I truly believe this will change, and vegan shoes will be the norm. Until then!!!