The 33 best vegan shoe brands to give you a conscience free spring in your step

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The 33 best vegan shoe brands to give you a conscience free spring in your step

Veganism has taken a huge jump forward in recent years. In the UK alone it has been estimated that 1.1m more people became vegan from 2023 to 2024 taking the total to 2.5m or 4.7% of the UK population. 8.6 million people now follow a meat free diet.

While health is a huge motivation, animal cruelty and environmental impact are obviously also on people’s minds with a new report by the Vegan Society finding that 95% of British shoppers would like to see more “vegan verified fashion” and 35% crave vegan leather options.

For more on leather’s impact, see Is Leather Bad for the Environment: The Unsustainable Truth.

Technology moves rapidly and many leather and suede alternatives are now freely available, such as plant-based leather alternatives. However, finding a cruelty-free footwear brand remains a challenge.

This guide has gathered the 33 best ethical and sustainable vegan shoe brands. Read on to find options to fit different budgets and styles for men, women, and children.

Our favourite vegan shoe brands

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Price range guide (average prices):

£ = less than £50

££ = £50 – £150

£££ =  £150 – £350

££££ = over £350

1. Ethletic

  • Based: Lubeck, Germany
  • Made in: Pakistan
  • Product Range: Adult trainers, casual shoes
  • Price Range: ££
  • Ethics and Certifications: Fair Trade certified organic cotton, FSC certified natural rubber, PETA-approved vegan, accredited by the German Association of Worldshops, winner of the 2016 Fair Trade Manufacturer award, portion of proceeds go to Talon Fair Trade Workers Welfare Society, collaborates with Sneaker Society shoe rescue and repair to extend the life of their shoes, visitors can “tip” factory workers directly from the Ethletic website.

Ethletic produced the first sneaker in the world certified with the FairTrade seal back in 2004. Since 2006, they have been donating 15% of the retail sales price of all shoes to the Talon FairTrade Workers’ Welfare Society, an NGO to support football stitchers in Pakistan.

In 2016, the brand received a ‘Vegan Approved’ seal from PETA.  All Ethletic products are made from vegan leather, Fairtrade cotton, and natural rubber sourced from FSC plantations in Sri Lanka, naturally making it onto our list of best ethical vegan shoe brands.

They create sustainable and very cool vegan sneakers, casual shoes and even flip flops for men and women very reasonably priced from about £25 to £99.  We have our eyes on the Dancer, a gorgeous ballerina, when our #NoNewClothes pledge has run out!

2. Ahinsa

  • Based: Czech Republic
  • Made in: Czech Republic and Croatia
  • Product Range: Men’s and women’s barefoot and comfort shoes, boots and accessories
  • Price Range:  ££
  • Ethics and Certifications: 100% vegan, sustainable materials, designed by physiotherapists

Vegan shoe brand Ahinsa Shoes make shoes and boots designed by physiotherapists to look after your feet. Their super comfortable shoes range from ballet flats and sandals with interchangeable ribbons to winter boots. They sell barefoot socks too.

Sustainable materials that they use include hemp and linen, Ahinsa Phira made from textile waste, coconut waste and a corn based lining.

 

3. Will’s Vegan Store

  • Based: London, England
  • Made in: Italy and Portugal
  • Product range: Men’s and women’s shoes, boots, activewear, clothing, and accessories
  • Price range: footwear ££
  • Ethics and certifications: ethically made vegan footwear and clothing, fair labour, certified carbon neutral supply chain, plastic-free packaging, bio-based leather, sustainable and recycled materials, recyclable and biodegradable clothing

Will’s Vegan Store is a cruelty-free company established in 2012. The company is a PETA-approved brand, and every product is Vegan Society registered. All shoes are made in Italy and Portugal following EU employment, discrimination, health, and safety laws. They don’t just create footwear, the brand also produces ethical vegan clothing holding an Oeko-Tex® certificate and sustainable lifestyle accessories.

And if that’s not enough, Will’s Vegan Store is a certified carbon-neutral company. Products never go on sale for ideological reasons – sustainable products aren’t fast fashion. Both men’s and women’s footwear, from cool vegan sneakers to vegan work boots, features timeless designs that will never go out of style. Very cool.

4. KOI Footwear

  • Based: Manchester, England
  • Made in: China
  • Product range: Men’s women’s unisex shoes, chunky boots, and accessories
  • Price range: £
  • Ethics and certifications: vegan and ethically sourced materials, BSCI code of conduct manufacturing facilities, recycled and sustainable packaging

If you’re a fan of creative designs that stand out, you’ll appreciate KOI Footwear. The vegan shoe brand specializes in unisex vegan footwear that’s anything but boring. KOI Footwear factories in China have undergone BSCI audits and are compliant with the labour code of conduct which gives them a massive thumbs up from us.

The footwear is produced from ethically sourced materials and packed in fully recycled boxes. All products are affordable, and the brand offers great discounts on older collections. 

5. 8000 Kicks

  • Based: USA
  • Made in: China & Portugal
  • Product Range: Adult trainers and boots
  • Price Range: ££
  • Ethics and Certifications: Oeko-Tex, carbon offsetting programs, use of natural materials 

Embracing a classic style that still is effortlessly on-trend, footwear from 8000 Kicks is highly versatile. Boots and trainers are made from natural materials, staying away from leathers and virgin synthetics common in the footwear industry. 

The label is thoughtful in its designs, including practical features such as waterproofing and non-slip soles. As well as using innovative natural materials, it has sponsored the removal of harmful algae from the environment.

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6. Womsh

  • Based: Italy
  • Made in: Italy
  • Product Range: Men’s and women’s sneakers
  • Price Range: ££
  • Ethics and Certifications: Renewable energy, sustainable materials, workers paid a living wage, recycled packaging, CO2 offsetting projects 

Sustainable styles from WOMSH embody the casual confidence of the modern fashion scene. This fashionable footwear brand has neutral styles and those sporting a range of on-trend colour palettes. Incorporating sustainable materials, WOMSH is proving that even the coolest shoes can be sustainable.

With a name standing for Word of Mouth Shoes, WOMSH is a brand looking to spread an environmental message. The label uses sustainable materials in its collections and takes steps to incorporate sustainability and ethical practices throughout the supply chain. This means everything from using renewable energy in the supply chain, to ensuring workers are paid a living wage.  

7. tHOUSAND fELL

  • Based: USA
  • Made in: Brazil
  • Product Range: Men’s and women’s sneakers
  • Price Range: ££
  • Ethics and Certifications: Recycling scheme, use of natural rubber, use of recycled and sustainable materials

Creating shoes that are stylish, comfortable, and sustainable, it seems there’s nothing ethical brand Thousand Fell can’t do. The brand’s on-trend sneakers are sleek, contemporary, and always effortlessly cool. Sustainable shoes from Thousand Fell even incorporate insoles made from recycled yoga mats.

Thousand Fell takes an innovative outlook on sustainable development. The label uses recycled and natural materials and designs shoes to last. The label’s focus on quality shows a rejection of a fast fashion mindset and helps to reduce overall consumption levels.

8. Vyom London

  • Based: England
  • Handcrafted in: Italy and the UK
  • Product range: Men’s luxury footwear and some women’s
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: sustainable cruelty-free shoes in heritage designs, handmade by Italian artisans, VEGEA synthetic leather, PETA approved, carbon-neutral shipping

For stylish men’s vegan shoes look no further! Vyom London was founded in 2016. The brand has partnered with VEGEA to produce synthetic leather from a high content of recycled raw plant-based materials including fibres from the agroindustry and even grapes! Vyom London creates timeless, elegant footwear for men, such as lace-up shoes, loafers, and Chelsea boots. The pricing varies depending on the collection, ranging from £60 to over £200.

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9. Sydney Brown

  • Based: Hawaii, US
  • Made in: Porto, Portugal
  • Product range: Women’s luxury footwear and bags
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: fair labour in a sustainable factory, 100% PETA-approved vegan, recycled and sustainable materials, PEFC-certified German beech wood, end of life take-back recycling program

Sydney Brown is an environmentally friendly luxury women’s vegan shoe brand with a strong focus on design. The brand supports fair labour practices, striving to provide their workers in Portugal with decent conditions and wages. All footwear is PETA-approved. What’s more they take shoes back at the end of their lifecycle and recycle them into new ones! And you get 20% off your next pair. We love these closed-loop initiatives and want to see more brands doing the same!

At Sydney Brown, you can find all types of stylish footwear, from flats to heeled boots, as well as vegan-friendly bags.

10. Allkind

  • Based: Britain
  • Handmade in: Spain
  • Product range: Beautiful women’s footwear from trainers to boots to high heels
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: 100% vegan, ethical and sustainable production, natural and recycled materials, partnered with Ecologi to protect rainforests and reduce carbon, donating a percentage of profits to PETA and The Rainforest Trust.

Allkind is a newly established brand on our list of best vegan shoe brands, launched in 2020. The products are designed in the UK and ethically handcrafted in Spain. No animal products are involved in production. Instead, Allkind uses microfiber, PU, PL, cotton, natural and recycled rubber, and upcycled materials.

Even the brand’s business cards are made from recycled T-shirts instead of traditional paper. Allkind partners with Ecologi on rainforest protection and donates 5% of profit to PETA and The Rainforest Trust. The product range is classic, we love their stilettos although we admit they could be a bit high for us!

11. Collection & Co

  • Based: UK
  • Made in: Greece
  • Product range: Women’s and men’s fashion footwear and accessories
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: 100% PETA-approved vegan, recycled and reused materials, recyclable and compostable packaging, fair labour, limited quantities

Collection & Co were founded in 2016. The footwear is designed in the UK and crafted by a family-run factory in Greece following ethical labour practices. No leather or animal fat glue is used in production.

All shoes are made in small quantities, and the waste from previous collections is fully recycled. They offer everything from vegan ladies’ and men’s boots, trainers and summer sandals to glammed up high heel mules. Check out their KALI black croc boots!

Girl in yellow suit and vegan boots
Photo by Dom Hill on Unsplash

12. Borgeois Boheme

  • Based: London, England
  • Made in: São João da Madeira, Portugal
  • Product range: Women’s luxury shoes, with a new collection for men launching soon
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: PETA-approved, Vegan Society trademarked, fair labour, sustainable materials

Borgeois Boheme is a PETA-approved vegan footwear brand founded back in 2005 in the UK and focuses on timeless styles. The brand is loved by celebrities including Natalie Portman, Bryan Adams, and Torrey DeVitto.

Italian artisans make all shoes by hand from eco-friendly and vegan materials. The company strives to find innovative alternatives such as non-PVC polyurethane microfiber.

13. NAE Vegan Shoes

  • Location: designed and made in Portugal, some production in Spain
  • Product range: Men’s, women’s, and unisex footwear and accessories
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: vegan and cruelty-free, certified ethical labour and production, natural and recycled materials

NAE stands for No Animal Exploitation. The message is relatively straightforward.

No list of best vegan shoe brands would be complete without NAE (find out more about this great brand in our interview with them).. Every NAE product is manufactured in certified eco-friendly Portuguese factories from a mix of vegan leather, recycled PET, organic cotton, cork and our favourite Piñatex leather made from leftover pineapple leaves. The product range consists of affordable women’s and men’s shoes, boots, trainers and accessories.

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14. Mesa Shoes

  • Location: Designed and made in Los Angeles, US
  • Product range: Women’s eco-luxe footwear
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: animal-free, artisan-made, ethical labour and business practices, recycled materials

Mesa Shoes is a high-end, cruelty-free women’s brand based in sunny Los Angeles. The luxury vegan shoes are just as sunny and are made from faux suede from 100% recycled materials, and faux leather from eco-friendly PU. They have a cotton base and hand-carved heels from reclaimed wood. Their artificial leather and suede look just like the real deal.

15. Taylor + Thomas

  • Based: Los Angeles
  • Made in: Italy
  • Product range: Women’s luxury footwear
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: cruelty-free PETA approved, sustainable and recycled materials, FSC-certified beech wood, portion of profits to 1% for the planet, carbon neutral partnership with NativeEnergy, locally made packaging from upcycled recycled recyclable materials

Taylor + Thomas is a truly luxurious, ethical and sustainable vegan shoe brand launched in 2018. All shoes feature classical design with a twist that will fit both traditional and modern styles and won’t go unnoticed. The women’s brand addresses numerous issues created by the wasteful state of today’s fashion.

Taylor + Thomas is committed to reducing carbon emissions, water pollution, and exploitation of the labour force. They use some truly cool products instead of leather, including water-based polyurethane, bio polys which is a plant byproduct, recycled rubber, castor beans, and recycled plastic.

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16. Good Guys Don’t Wear leather

  • Based: Paris, France
  • Made in: Europe
  • Product range: Men’s and women’s shoes, boots, and casual footwear
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: cruelty-free PETA-approved, fair labour, PETA UK Fashion Awards winner

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather was born in Paris in 2011 by a designer who previously worked for Isabel Marant and Devastee. It’s the first French PETA-approved vegan shoe company. All the brand’s footwear is 100% cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and sustainable, made in Europe in a fair-trade environment.

Apart from commonly used polyurethane and natural rubber, the brand actively uses innovative apple skin leather. The product range includes various men’s and women’s shoes and some funky styles, check out the Felix vegan running shoes in pink!

And Good Maker Tales readers get 15% off their orders with the code GOODMAKERTALES. See our article for more sustainable brand discounts.

17. GURU

  • Based: Montpellier, France
  • Made in: Portugal and Spain
  • Product range: Women’s fashion footwear
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: vegan and cruelty-free, fair labour, cost and manufacture transparency, PETA-approved, F.A.K.E. member

Guru is a PETA-approved French company that only works with European-based factories compliant with fair labour practices. They are on a mission to be open about their costs and set out a full breakdown of costs for each pair of shoes, including what they pay to the factory and how much profit they make. A truly ethical vegan shoe brand.

All footwear is made from polyurethane, microfibre, Piñatex®, and Oeko-Tex®-certified textile. Guru offers some funky styles in flats, heels and boots including some cool metallics.

Ethical and Sustainable Vegan Shoe Brands

18. NOAH – Italian Vegan Shoes

  • Location: Designed and handcrafted in Italy
  • Product range: Men’s, women’s, unisex trainers, boots, fashion shoes, vegan accessories
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: animal-free PETA-approved, fair labour, eco-friendly, recycled recyclable biodegradable footwear, winner of Veganfach Award, Good Brand Award, PETA fashion awards, and more

NOAH is a PETA award-winning Italian vegan shoe company founded in 2009. All products are handcrafted in fair working conditions in small quantities. The materials used include microsuede, microfibre, linen, cotton, natural latex and rubber, and kenaf, a jute-like fibre plant.

Apart from men’s and women’s footwear, they produce accessories from bags and belts to hats and gloves. 

19. Carmona Collection @ Immaculate Vegan

  • Location: Designed and handmade in Mexico
  • Product range: Women’s fashion and casual footwear
  • Price range: ££££
  • Ethics and certifications: plant-based, sustainable, organic footwear, local materials, fair labour

Carmona Collection shoes are handmade in Mexico from cactus leather, a sustainable and partially organic material. The catalogue features luxury vegan shoes with timeless designs. Start saving your pennies now for a pair of Romina Black Cactus Leather Sandals.

20. Beflamboyant

  • Based: Spain
  • Made in: Spain and Portugal
  • Product range: Unisex trainers and casual shoes
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: certified vegan and PETA-approved, Vegan Society registered, GOTS cotton, Global Recycled Standard, verified by Ethical Time, bio-based and eco-friendly materials, zero-waste packaging, fair labour

Beflamboyant is a Spanish footwear brand specializing in cool vegan sneakers. However, they explicitly ask you not to buy their shoes if you don’t need a pair – truly living their sustainable values. Beflamboyant strive to achieve zero waste production.

The company complies with Oeko-Tex® and Global Recycled standards. We’re loving the classy and minimalist Manimal Navy Vegan Shoes.

What’s more, get a €5 discount with code GOODMAKERTALES5. See our article for more sustainable brand discounts.

21. elliott

  • Based: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Made in: Spain
  • Product range: Unisex casual shoes and sneakers
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: member of the Climate Neutral Now UN initiative, certified cruelty-free and PETA-approved, closed-loop recycling system

Elliott is a proud non-carbon-footprint company, how cool, they sell “carbon positive sneakers”! Most shoes are made from canvas, vegan leather, and faux suede and are fully recyclable. Like Sydney Brown, they are committed to recycling their shoes at the end of life and offer customers 15% of their next purchase in return.

In the nearest future, elliott is planning to receive Fair Wear Foundation accreditation. FWF evaluates the brand’s sustainability compliance. For cool vegan sneakers, we are in love with their High-Top Recycled Canvas White/Stripes.

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22. Humans Are Vain

  • Based: Sweden
  • Made in: Portugal and Sweden
  • Product range: Unisex sneakers, boots, shoes, and fashion accessories
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: PETA-approved vegan, sustainable materials and production methods, fair labour, closed-loop recycling system

Humans Are Vain “conscious fashion” from Sweden, vegan and PETA-certified. The brand is creative with leather alternatives, implementing innovative sustainable materials including pineapple leaf and apple leather and recycled ocean plastic. What’s more, all of their products are fully recyclable at end of life.

All products are made in Portugal and Sweden in factories following the best ethical labour practices. Humans are Vain focuses on unisex sneakers and boots in minimalistic designs, and with each you get to find out how much waste you saved from landfill.

23. Komrads

  • Based: Belgium
  • Made in: Portugal, Slovakia, and Italy
  • Product range: Unisex sneakers and casual shoes
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: PETA-approved vegan, recycled and reused materials, fair labour, low carbon impact, packaging is FSC and PEFC certified recycled and responsible

Komrads was founded in 2015 to create sustainable vegan sneakers that wouldn’t hurt the environment. The brand uses apple skin leather, a cellulose-based material from at least 50% recycled fibres.

Certain parts of products, such as soles and lining, are made from natural rubber, recycled plastic, and organic cotton.

All shoes are unisex with a sleek Converse-style design and ranging from £55 to £135. Check out the APL Monoblack High Top.

24. Mireia Playa

  • Location: Designed and made in Alicante, Spain
  • Product range: Women’s fashion shoes and bags
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: PETA-approved vegan, fair labour, materials that meet the Global Recycled Standard, USDA certified biobased vegetable fibers

Mireia Playa is a cruelty-free brand founded by an ESDI School of Design graduate in 2012. The footwear is handcrafted in Spain from recycled suede, corn-based napa, and organic latex. Loving the Higuera Suede Black Vegan Sandals made from recycled polyester. 

Girl in vegan sneakers
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25. Ration.L

  • Based: UK
  • Made in: Vietnam
  • Product range: Unisex sneakers
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: Vegan Society certified, ZDHC certified eco-dyes, ethical and recyclable packaging, BSCI member, Global Recycled Standard, UKFT member, donate to the Brain and Spine Foundation

Ration.L is a young and affordable vegan brand established in 2018. After the founder survived a life-threatening brain haemorrhage, she decided to help others dealing with the same issue. Today, 5% of all company profits are donated to the Brain & Spine Foundation. All materials used in production are vegan-friendly and come in biodegradable packaging. The product range includes minimalistic, mono-colour women’s vegan sneakers, organic cotton T-shirts, and tote bags. Available through ethical shopping platform Veo.

26. Saola Shoes

  • Based: Annecy, France
  • Made in: Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Product range: Men’s and women’s sneakers
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: Recycled Global Standard certified, certified organic cotton, contributes 1% for the planet, supports Mwalua Wildlife Trust

Saola Shoes is a wildlife preservation enthusiast footwear company and one of the best vegan shoe brands out there. 1% of all profit is donated to MWALUA Wildlife Trust. The uppers of Saola shoes are made from recycled PET bottles accredited by the Global Recycling Standard certification and their soles from a mix of bio products like cork and algae foam.

The product range consists of affordable women’s and men’s trainers and trainer boots. Have a look at their Yamba “Chelsea sneaker” in black and camel which looks super comfy and cool!

Ethical and Sustainable Vegan Shoe Brands

27. Via Gioia Paris

  • Location: Designed and handmade in France
  • Product range: Professional quality rhythmic ballet flats, bags and accessories
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: organic plant-based materials, materials made by hand in France

Via Gioia Paris, created in 2017, makes luxury vegan shoes in the form of beautiful ballet flats and elegant bags and pouches. All products are manufactured in French factories with fair labour practices. Their primary focus is their “Rythmic Ballerinas” made from leather alternatives and organic textiles. The flats feature gorgeous, chic finishes and patterns, such as tweed, metallic, and sparkling linen.

28. Yatay

  • Location: Designed and made in Italy
  • Product range: Unisex trainers
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: PETA-approved vegan, US Department of Agriculture approved organic materials, plants a tree with every purchase, closed-loop recycling in partnership with Retake, ethical production, recycled and sustainable materials, fair labour, materials sourced in Italy

Yatay is an Italian luxury sneaker brand established in 2018 selling very cool vegan sneakers. The shoes are PETA-approved and handcrafted in Italy from recycled tires, plastic, wood, and cereal. While the sneaker models are a timeless classic, they’ve been given a modern twist with some of the colour choices. At Yatay, you can easily find both mono-coloured white and bright colour-block styles.

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29. Matt & Nat

  • Based: Montreal, Canada
  • Made in: China
  • Product range: Women’s footwear, handbags, outwear, and accessories
  • Price range: £-££
  • Ethics and certifications: cruelty-free vegan materials, recycled materials, SA8000 standard factory

Matt & Nat has been around since 1995 and no list of vegan shoe brands would be complete without them. They have a very complete range of footwear from flip flops and sandals to heels, trainers, boots and even wellies.

The name is a creative combination of ‘material’ and ‘nature.’ From the very beginning, the brand was committed to not using animal products in production.

All shoe linings are made from 100% recycled bottles. Apart from middle-range women’s footwear, they sell handbags, accessories, and apparel. Today, there are over 800 Matt & Nat boutiques across the globe. Sadly they’ve not reached the UK or Europe yet but have a UK based online store.

30. Ahimsa

  • Location: Designed and handmade in Brazil
  • Product range: Men’s, women’s, and unisex dress and casual footwear
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: vegan and cruelty-free, sustainable materials, fair labour, recycled and upcycled materials

Ahimsa, one of a few PETA-approved vegan shoe brands with its own factory, opened in 2014 in Brazil. There are photos of all of their workers, including Diana the labrador on their website. The product range is wide and mainly handmade, offering men’s and women’s flats, slip-ons, trainers, boots, heels, and other types of footwear.

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31. Norm

  • Based: Belgium
  • Made in: Europe
  • Product range: Unisex trainers
  • Price range: ££
  • Ethics and certifications: PETA-approved vegan, participates in 1% for the planet, climate positive, fair labour, ethical suppliers, sustainable materials, reduced and renewable energy

Norm steps up the sustainability game by re-inventing the shoe industry standards. The brand specializes solely in sneakers, creating modern minimalistic designs lying in the middle price range. All materials are recycled and sourced in Europe to reduce waste and carbon footprint. Furthermore, the brand offers a 15% discount for anyone who gives their old Norm shoes for recycling, more closed-loop circularity, we are a fan!

32. WAES

  • Based: UK
  • Made in: Portugal
  • Product range: Men’s and women’s trainers
  • Price range: ££-£££
  • Ethics and certifications: GOTS cotton, plastic-free biodegradable trainers, winner of the Design Innovation Plastic Free Award, supports eco-causes, fair labour

WAES is a 100% plastic-free unisex footwear company founded in 2019. All shoes are biodegradable and leave no waste during manufacturing. The company actively supports ocean clean-ups, tree planting, and carbon neutrality. While they do have a leather range, their vegan range is larger and they are actively looking to replace it with plant-based alternatives.

33. Sylven New York

  • Based: New York, US
  • Made in: Italy
  • Materials: fairly traded from Kenya
  • Product range: Women’s luxury and casual footwear
  • Price range: £££
  • Ethics and certifications: ethically certified labour, locally sourced materials, recycled materials, fair trade hardware, contributes to The Better Scholarship, closed-loop recycling, plastic-free recycled packaging, winner of the 2020 Global Footwear Award for ethical and sustainable manufacturing

Sylven New York is a USA-based brand embracing the use of natural materials. Some of the leather alternatives implemented in Sylven footwear production are from organic apple waste and have wheat and barley-based linings. A significant portion of materials is recycled.

The brand offers high-end flats, sneakers, and boots for women featuring modern and sleek designs such as the ALMASI white vegan apple leather boots. While they do offer a leather alternative their vegan range is wide.

Choose vegan shoes!

We’re so happy to see increasingly more cruelty-free and anything-but-boring vegan footwear brands appearing on the market. And not only that but they are ethically made and focussed on the planet with some great innovations to be seen. With the range of cool styles available, covering all price ranges, vegan footwear has to be the way forward.

And for vegan fashion extending beyond your feet, see our articles about vegan clothing brands in the UK or our article about vegan coats and puffers

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