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Our editors have walked in hundreds of platform sandals to find the best options for comfort, style, and durability. These are our favorites.

As many of our favorite ‘90s sitcoms return to the mainstream (hi Sister, Sister!), so too do the styles—like platform sandals! And while it may be a trend, sustainability is forever—which is why we prioritize responsible brands and ethical sourcing when it comes to our leather shoes. If you’re looking for a new pair of platform shoes (or flatforms), check out these responsible brands using their platforms for good.

Why choose ethical leather?

When you opt for ethical leather and artisan-made sandals, you’re saying no to unethical practices like animal cruelty and exploitative labor. Plus, you’re supporting brands that prioritize sustainability and fair trade practices through conscious fashion choices. Some of our listed sandals are artisan-made, while others use vegan materials or deadstock and upcycled leather. For secondhand options that are a bit more affordable, we recommend searching these brands on secondhand clothing sites like Poshmark and Depop.

Our Criteria:

Our editors have worn, researched, and scoured thousands of customer reviews to select the best brands for sustainable platform sandals. We regularly update this list with emerging favorites that meet the below criteria.

  • SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS | Each of these brands uses sustainable materials like upcycled leather, recycled fabrics, and eco-friendly materials while minimizing waste and excess production in their manufacturing.
  • CONSTRUCTION | Many of these platform sandals are made using Artisan craftsmanship and heritage techniques, ensuring they are durable and long-lasting while looking and feeling luxurious.
  • ETHICS | Each of these sustainable brands is intentional about sourcing and manufacturing the materials for its shoes, employing cruelty-free practices, and ensuring safe and fair working conditions for its employees.

Looking for more sustainable shoes? Here are the best sustainable sneakers and the best sustainable shoes overall.


1. Alohas

Made to order

Materials | Responsibly sourced leather
Our Pick | Marshmallow Cactus ($190)
Price | $115–$194

Alohas partners with skilled artisans in Alicante, Spain to bring these gorgeous designs to life. What’s more, the team operates under an on-demand production model to minimize waste. Simply pre-order a pair (at a discounted price!), and then you’ll receive them in a few week’s time. Trust us—the wait is worth it. In addition to responsibly sourced leather platforms, Alohas has vegan-friendly soles too. (We’re obsessed with the checkered options!) Alohas ships worldwide.


2. Coclico

Materials | Italian leather, sustainable & recycled cork
Our Pick | Seaview Flatform ($375)
Price | $325–$395

Coclico wants us to invest in our closets for a lifetime, so this luxury brand crafts timeless shoes we adore. Made in small batches in Spain using responsibly sourced leather, these beautiful flatforms (and wedges) will give you the height you’re looking for. And while Coclico sandals are definitely on the pricier side, the brand has a secondhand shop with deeply discounted options as well as payment plans.


3. Lemon Jelly

Gives back
Vegan

Materials | Recyclable PVC
Our Pick | Sunny Platform Slides ($58)
Price | $58–$64

Slip your toes into Lemon Jelly’s sustainable platforms. This PETA-approved vegan brand ethically produces its shoes in Portugal in low-waste factories powered by renewable energy. Though some shoes are made with PVC, they’re recyclable—and Lemon Jelly carries a 100 percent recycled collection as well. We want to rock these affordable, ethical, and colorful platforms all summer (and year) long!


4. Vagabond

Recycled materials

Materials | Sustainable leather, Tencel
Our Pick | Courtney Sandals (€90)
Price | €69.95–€160

A brand originating in Sweden, Vagabond has been crafting contemporary shoes for nearly half a century. This line of chunky sandals is the quintessential ‘90s aesthetic, including the Courtney which is a blast to the past! Vagabond partners with ethical factories in Asia as well as LWG-verified tanneries across Europe to offer fun, fashion-forward styles. When you’re ready to get rid of your shoes, the brand will also take them back to recycle.


5. Matisse Footwear

Family owned
Recycled materials
Vegan

Materials | Leather, suede, EVA wedge
Our Pick | Femme Platform Sandal in Natural ($95)
Price | $32–$140

Based in Los Angeles, Matisse Footwear is a one-stop shop for ethical and affordable footwear—including some retro platform sandals! Combining this season’s most vibrant colors, these platforms are perfect for dinner, dancing, and everything in between. Matisse works with mostly family-owned factories around the globe and ensures safe working conditions for all employees.


6. Teva

Natural materials
Recycled materials
Vegan

Materials | REPREVE fibers, mesh & foam straps
Our Pick | Jadito Slingback ($100)
Price | $60–$100

For all your outdoor adventures, Teva has your back. From music festivals to day trips to leisurely hikes, these beloved shoes come in flatform styles. There are dozens of styles and colors to pick from, including vegan-friendly options. You can also recycle your sandals via Teva’s take-back program—some of the recycled materials are used again in new designs.


7. Lisa Says Gah

Cruelty free
Eco friendly packaging
Gives back

Materials | Leather & faux fur
Our Pick | Dakota Flatform in Pink Cow ($179)
Price | $179

Animal-inspired wear without the leather? Consider us a fan! Lisa Says Gah’s Dakota Flatforms come in colorful and eclectic patterns, including cow print made with faux fur. Regardless of which style you pick, these flatforms are ethically made in a woman-owned and -run factory from Dongguan, China, where all employees are guaranteed safe working conditions. Get free US shipping on orders over $80.


Featured image by Alohas