The ever-increasing impact of fashion’s footprints on our environment has led to the creation of eco-responsible fashion staples made with responsible materials using sustainable innovations.
Putting the planet first is no longer an afterthought, as some brands put 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, yielding as by-products tannery effluent, which is one of the biggest sources of soil pollution and water in the world, it’s time to eliminate the leather.
From innovative shoes using waste and recycled rubber tires to grains, here’s a list of some of the most durable, durable and stylish vegan shoe brands you can wear with the utmost pride.
10 best vegan shoe brands you can wear with pride in 2022:
The eponymous London-based luxury label launched by former Jimmy Choo chief designer Alfredo Pīferi produces 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% lower carbon footprint.
All shoes are vegan inside out with their Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) certified cellulose and recycled ABS insoles. The shoes are packaged in an FSC® certified recycled cardboard box, carefully wrapped in recycled tissue paper, accompanied by a certified organic cotton dustbag.
The vegan shoe brand was also recognized as “Launch of the Year” at the Footwear News Achievement Awards (2020), which are considered the Oscars for footwear.
The brainchild of Tina Bhojwani and Jean-Michel Cazabat, Aera is a New York-based luxury vegan footwear brand that works on the “110% offset” philosophy to reduce 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 meaningful carbon and water offset technologies, the vegan shoe brand was able to plant approximately 2,000 trees in the Mississippi River Valley and restore 622,000 gallons of water to parched streams and rivers across the States. -United.
The vegan shoe brand is certified carbon negative by SCS Global Services, which oversees and quantifies brand impacts from production to packaging.
The vegan shoes are made from bio-based and recycled materials, packaged in a box and tissue paper made with post-consumer recycled and organic waste and a certified cotton dust bag. On top of that, they also received Butterfly Mark recognition from Positive Luxury for their measurable impact and lasting efforts.
Beyond Skin was established in 2001 with the sole purpose of providing luxury vegan leather footwear that combines durability and style. The products are designed in England and handmade in Spain using eco-friendly materials such as vegan leather and faux leather with vegetable polymer coating.
The insoles are made from eco-friendly materials such as post-consumer cardboard, PU plastic and recycled rubber resin sourced locally 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 celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Anne Hathaway. Its products have been featured in major magazines, including She, W Magazine, British ,US Vogueand Marie Claire. Notable awards won by Beyond Skin include the Observer Ethics Award, Grazia Award, PETA, RSPCA and Drapers.
Makers of India’s first cruelty-free shoes, Senso has been offering a range of stylish and contemporary vegan shoes since its inception in 2012. Based in Mumbai, the vegan shoe brand was born out of the need to make people aware of their human footprint. fashion and to offer them a much better alternative to leather.
Senso is PETA approved and has also won PETA’s “Vegan Men’s Formal Shoes” award. 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 lifelong vegetarian and animal rights activist who has spoken out to avoid 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 shoes uses materials like vegetarian leather, recycled nylon and organic cotton to combat the impact of greenhouse gases. The brand is PVC-free, fur-free, animal-tested, and strives to use cruelty-free, leather-free solvents and 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.
Creators of the world’s first organic sneaker, Yatay is one of the most sought-after cruelty-free and vegan footwear brands, which is also PETA approved. With every pair of shoes sold, the brand plants a tree in addition to employing other sustainable strategies in practice.
Eco-friendly vegan leather shoes are made with eco-friendly materials such as grain and wood with soft viscose linings and recycled rubber tire soles. They are also USFDA approved for the use of organic materials with significantly low environmental impact.
All products are made in the Italian Marche region from local materials. Customers have the option to recycle their old Yatay shoes and dispose of them sustainably.
Mumbai-based eco-friendly footwear brand Achilles’ Heel makes custom pairs for vegan 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 leather or leather to get their hands on truly personalized and unique shoe designs.
Each pair is crafted with excellent craftsmanship, and customers can even choose to create the mold for the shoe, design the entire shoe, or simply choose the best pair from their shoe collections.
Founded by Kyle Parsons, the impetus to start Indosole came from a pair of sandals made from motorcycle tires that he bought 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, responsibly produced products made from natural rubber with Enviro fiber webbing. They only use natural dyes and so far the brand has been able to save 80,000 tires from landfills.
A vegan and sustainable leather footwear brand based in Germany, 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 world’s first-ever sneaker to receive the Fairtrade Seal of Approval for using 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 PETA-approved vegan shoes. 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 according to ethical and fair practices.
The Japanese word Kibo translates to “hope” in English. The vegan shoe brand has pioneered the use of discarded materials and given new ‘hope’ to using waste for ethical and sustainable shoemaking.
Taking inspiration from the family shoemaking business, Simon founded Kibo with Natalie to reduce the impact of waste on the planet. They also donate a portion of the profits from the sale of each pair to victims of human trafficking.
The vegan shoe brand makes shoes from scrap leather and recycled plastic using a sustainable manufacturing process that recycles 95% of the water. The insoles are made from natural materials such as Plant-based Tencel™ to make them comfortable, odor-resistant and anti-bacterial.
They also have a Try Before You Buy option for Singapore customers that allows them to have their products delivered to their address and only pay after they try on and decide to keep the shoes.