What is vegan footwear?
Vegan footwear is made without any animal-derived materials. This includes leather, suede, wool, and other materials that come from animals.
Why go vegan?
There are many reasons to why people switch to vegan footwear. Some choose to do so for ethical reasons, while others may be concerned about the environmental impact of traditional shoe manufacturing methods.
Are vegan shoes eco-friendly?
Vegan shoes are more eco-friendly than traditional leather and suede shoes as they are often made from recycled and sustainable materials, including recycled plastic and rubber.
Are vegan footwear good quality?
There are many high-quality vegan shoe brands available. In general, vegan shoes tend to be made with better materials and construction than traditional leather shoes. This is because the demand for quality vegan footwear is growing, and more companies are investing in this market.
What is vegan leather and suede?
Vegan leather and suede are synthetic materials that look like the real thing. They are easy to clean and maintain, making them a popular choice for shoes in all styles.
It’s also considered a cruelty-free material.
Vegan leather vs. real leather
There is a common misconception that vegan leather is of lesser quality than real leather. However, this is not always the case. Vegan leather can be made from a variety of materials, including polyurethane, microfiber, and cork.
Is vegan leather waterproof?
Some vegan leathers are waterproof, while others are not. It is important to check the specific material used before purchasing a pair of shoes made from vegan leather if you are looking for a pair that should be waterproof.
Is vegan suede waterproof?
Vegan suede or faux suede is normally made from plastic materials and is considered to be water resistant if not completely waterproof.
Vegan shoe brands often use labels, logos, and symbols to indicate that their products are vegan-friendly. You should of course avoid leather and coated leather. But also shoes that contain fur, wool, silk, and down.
Popular shoe brands with vegan options
Nike started using vegan glue in 2015 so if the model you choose isn’t made from leather then it should be 100% vegan.
Vegan options are available in all styles, from classic slip-ons to sneakers.
Converse offers a range of vegan shoes for men, women and kids.
All of Converse’s classic Chuck Taylor sneakers are available in a vegan version.
Birkenstocks are one of the most popular brands for vegan footwear. The company offers a wide range of sandals and slip ons made without any animal derived materials.
Many of New Balance’s sneakers are vegan if made from synthetic materials.
However they still use glue that contains animal products for some of their shoes so it not possible to tell if a specific shoe is vegan.
The popular New Balance 909V5 is now available in a vegan version.
New Balance sizeguide
Reebok offers a range of vegan shoes for men and women.
You can find a lot of different vegan styles from Veja, for both men, woman and children
By the end of 2021 Crocs was going all vegan.
More and more of Dr Martens’ shoes are vegan, but not all of them.
You should be able to find a good variety of vegan styles on their website though.
Dr. Martens sizeguide