Cutest vegan shoes

I gave up buying leather shoes a few years ago and never looked back. Vegan shoes get a bad rap, so at first I thought there would be slim pickings when it came to stylish, cruelty-free footwear. Boy was I wrong: I’ve found so many wonderful, comfortable (and popular!) options from innovative companies and designers entering the animal-friendly fray. Even celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Alicia Silverstone and Natalie Portman have been known to flaunt their ethical footwear.

I discovered my favorite pair of vegan boots by Madden Girl tucked inside a cute boutique in New York City called MooShoes. I absolutely love wearing them! But if you’re always on the lookout for vegan shoes like me, these other companies are worth a look, too:

Beyond Skin and Wills: Based in the UK but offering worldwide delivery, these 100 percent vegan shoes are super fashionable but on the pricey side. Other high-quality ethical options include Novacas, NOAH (Italian vegan shoes) and Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather.

For really fun and glamorous shoes, try Cri de Coeur or Melissa Shoes, which has collaborated with Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld to create some chic designs. I found the cutest black wedges by Melissa Shoes at Convert in Berkeley!

These companies are not truly vegan themselves, but they offer products made of synthetic materials: Converse, Dr Martens, KEEN, Steve Madden, Sanuk, Saucony and TOMS, to name a few.

For a really technical and precise roundup of who’s vegan and who’s not, check out vegan8’s 2014 survey results.

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Kathleen Prasad

Kathleen Prasad is an entrepreneur, author, educator, spiritual seeker and animal advocate living in beautiful Marin County, California, with her husband, daughter, dog and two horses. She loves being with animals, listening to hip-hop, eating out at vegan restaurants, riding dressage, hiking in the redwoods and traveling the world to meet animal people.
You can learn more about Kathleen here.

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