Chic & Cruelty-Free Shoes

Each year, the global leather industry uses products from over a billion animals to produce fashion goods. The production of leather goods also frequently involves the use of cheap labor, increased waste, and a higher carbon footprint. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We’ve found 10 shoe brands that are exclusively vegan and cruelty-free. These brands are minimizing their environmental impact, creating fair-wage jobs, and finding sustainable alternatives, while producing affordable, fashionable, and comfortable vegan shoes for any occasion.


1. Matt & Nat

Based In | Montreal, Quebec
Ethics | Vegan, fair wages, eco-friendly materials
Best For | Everyday heels
Product Range | Women's sneakers, sandals, heels, and mules
Price Range | $55–$125

Matt & Nat believes in living beautifully and mindfully, crafting the perfect everyday vegan shoes with synthetic leathers, 100% recycled plastic bottles, and cork. Matt & Nat is dedicated to bringing together cruelty-free and eco-friendly materials to create shoes that will live in your wardrobe for years to come. We love their wide range of vegan shoes, from comfortable everyday heels to vegan sneakers you can wear all day around town. Plus, we love their commitment to transparent, ethical labor practices.

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2. MooShoes

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | 100% vegan, cruelty-free
Best For | Sandals
Product Range | Men's & women’s shoes: boots, flats, heels, wedges, sandals, sneakers
Price Range | $39–$350

MooShoes began over 15 years ago as the first cruelty-free store of its kind in NYC. Today, they operate online and in-person at their NYC location and in Los Angeles. Their expansive line of shoes include brand names like Novacas, Native, and Veja, with every kind of style and look you could imagine. Their eye for vegan and cruelty-free shoes are affordable and functional, as they should be.

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3. Beyond Skin

Based In | East Sussex, UK
Ethics | 100% vegan, eco-friendly, sustainable practices
Best For | Special occasion shoes
Product Range | Essentials, boutique, bridal, trainers
Price Range | $110–$315

Back in 2001, Beyond Skin sought out to create shoes that were both stylish and cruelty-free. Now, their line of vegan shoes ranges from everyday slippers to heels for a glamorous night out. In addition to being vegan, they are sweatshop- and child labor-free with eco-friendly and sustainable production practices. Our favorites are their patterned heels and sandals, to give you that perfect pop of color. These designer luxury shoes will have you looking and feeling your best, no matter the occasion.

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4. SUSI Studio

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | 100% vegan, eco-friendly, recycled materials
Best For | Vintage styles
Product Range | Flats, oxfords, wedges, heels, platforms
Price Range | $115–$135

SUSI Studio knows you can look fashionable without promoting inhumane conditions - their gorgeous and vintage-inspired shoes are reminiscent of the 60’s red carpet, and made using sustainable and recycled materials. And, with certain purchases, 30% of SUSI Studio’s proceeds are also donated to Mercy For Animals. The vegan, eco-friendly lifestyle never looked so attractive.

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5. Ethletic

Based In | Germany
Ethics | 100% vegan, fair trade, sustainable practices, organic cotton
Best For | Casual
Product Range | Sneakers, casuals, slip-ons, sandals
Price Range | $63–$116

If you’re looking for shoes that are not just cruelty-free, but also made ethically and with organic and sustainable materials, Ethletic is it. Based out of Germany with sites in Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka, Ethletic is committed to ensuring all workers have fair and safe working conditions while producing comfortable and effortless vegan shoes. They have collections ranging from dusty rose slip-ons for casual Fridays to simple skater shoes ideal for the teenagers in your life.

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6. Veerah

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | 100% vegan, organic, recycled materials
Best For | Heels
Product Range | Pumps & heels with detachable accessories
Price Range | $258–$348

Veerah is unlike any other shoe brand we’ve seen before—and they’re also vegan! Veerah creates stunning pumps that come with detachable accessories such as tassels, brooches, and reversible straps. Whether you’re transitioning from work to a night out, or just want to add a little something to your outfit for the day, Veerah gives you versatility and glamour. Rather than opting for leather pumps, Veerah offers beautifully styled vegan heels that are sure to be a hit.

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7. Bhava

Based In | New York City, NY
Ethics | 100% vegan, organic, sustainable practices
Best For | Flats & sandals
Product Range | Flats, wedges, pumps, sandals, boots, bridal
Price Range | $125–$279

Bhava recognizes the number of animals killed each year for the sake of fashion. Instead, Bhava aims to create thoughtfully-designed shoes using organic and sustainable alternatives such as cork and organic cotton. Based out of New York City, they also recognize the importance of comfortable shoes for the modern woman on the go, and their line of durable vegan shoes can withstand even the longest of days. With unique styles and bold colors, we are big fans of their flats & sandals. Conscious beautiful footwear, without the cruelty? Yes please!

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8. Bourgeois Boheme

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | 100% vegan, ethically produced, eco-friendly
Best For | Men’s Boots
Product Range | Men's & women’s shoes: boots, flats, heels
Price Range | $115–$255

Crafted by longtime podiatrist and animal lover, Alicia Lai, Bourgeois Boheme's line of shoes are as comfortable as they are stylish. Grown out of London and now ethically crafted in Portugal with eco-friendly vegan leather, their shoes are completely free of any animal-derived material. Plus, they offer eye-catching styles for both men and women—we are eyeing their classic men’s styles that come with vegan detailing. If you’re in London, they also offer 30 minute one-on-one appointments for fittings—with 10% off!

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9. Ahimsa

Based In | Brazil
Ethics | 100% vegan, ethically made
Best For | Men’s wingtips
Product Range | Men's & women’s shoes: sandals, loafers, wingtip boots, slip-ons, boots
Price Range | $116–$196

With the only 100% vegan shoe factory in the world, Ahimsa believes in manufacturing their shoes sustainably while respecting all forms of life. Their stunning shoes are beautifully detailed and with deeply rich colors, such as espresso and cognac. Each one of their shoes also comes with the message, “Handmade with love, in Brazil”—what more could you ask for?

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10. Keep

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Vegan, ethically made, natural materials
Best For | Kid's & bold styles
Product Range | Men's & women’s low, mid, and hi-top, kid's styles
Price Range | $60–$120

If we had to summarize Keep in a few words, we’d say “vegan shoes with personality”. Keep’s collection of low, mid, and hi-top shoes are exquisitely crafted with artisans across Guatemala, Japan, and North America, using sustainable practices. Spanning from Glamour to Complex to Refinery29, everyone is loving Keep’s clean designs and bold patterns, and we could not agree more.

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