.. is not as hard as it used to be!

Those of us who choose to lead a vegan lifestyle, are often asked about how we manage to find non-leather footwear. The alternative is planet-destroying plastic, isn’t it?

Vegan boots made from mushroom mycelium with samples of vegan bio leather.

If you’re in the habit of avoiding animal products you know this isn’t the case, but others don’t realise the fabulous choices we now have. Only a few years back there were limited vegan footwear companies, who traded mainly online, and their choice was fairly limited too. There were non-leather options in High Street stores, but they did tend to be very cheaply made from materials that weren’t planet-friendly, and the workers who produced them would have little in the way of employment rights.

 

Thankfully today it’s a different story! More environmentally friendly alternatives to leather and suede footwear are widely available, both from specialist stores online, and on the High Street where most large retailers stock some non-leather shoes.

We have listed retailers here who, if not totally vegan, offer a range of vegan alternatives.

The OneKind team all have our favourite footwear, and sources for them, here are a few examples:

Vegan Dr Martin boots.

Bob's vegan boots

Bob tends to find vegan shoes etc via shops/outlets that sell non-animal alternatives. He loves his vegan DMs, which the company say are “... packed with just as much attitude as classic DM’s styles. But have none of the leather”.

Bob’s favourite boots are made by Blundstone, which are “100% vegan verified with uppers sourced from the highest quality materials and created with care”. He points out that these are expensive but do last for ages.



Will's Vegan Store

Vegan cowboy boots.

Fiona buys footwear from her favourite vegan store ‘Will's’ and says “I’ve never been disappointed with any pair of boots, shoes or sandals I’ve got from them. All are great quality, comfortable, and last for years. Their insulated doc boots are great for winter and I’m currently eyeing up a pair of western boots”!

Wills has been a firm favourite among the wider OneKind team for many years now.  We love their commitment to ethics and sustainability. They deliver through a carbon-neutral supply chain in paper and cardboard packaging. Any returns can be done free of charge for 365 days with their paperless carbon-neutral returns service. You can also use their ‘return to recycle’ service when the product is at it’s end of life.

Stomp out waste!

Rachel loves the sustainable shoes at Trash Planet who “... fight for the planet and stomp out waste with sustainable sneaks made from fruits”! They also state their shoes are “ultra comfortable, incredibly durable, next-gen recyclable design, and ethically handmade”. (What more do we need?!)

Vegan boots with cat sitting at the side.

Rach also like to buy shoes from TUK’s vegan range, which are ‘consciously cool’, Peta-approved, and offer all the functionality of traditional leather without the use of any animal-based components. Her favourite boots are from the vegan range at EMP.

We can also recommend checking out charity and/or vintage shops and fairs, for vegan clothing aswell as footwear. Buying second-hand helps reduce consumption (which is better for the environment), is a lot cheaper and, in the case of charity shops, helps a good cause.

Happy shoe shopping!