Welcome to the chilly season: darkness descends faster, the air is crisp and clean, leaves are falling...and new fashion is on the horizon. As we pack away our summer sandals, old favourites are coming back out to play: ankle boots and Chelsea boots, but also some new-season styles such as knee-highs, which are a big AW22 trend. Get ready to step into this new season with our guide to vegan shoes for autumn and winter.
By Sascha Camilli: writer, speaker, activist, and vegan fashion expert.
The classic ankle boot: Will's Women's Vegan Leather Quarter Length Boots Black
This is a style that will be your wardrobe's hero: it matches easily with just about anything, and adds an effortless touch of chic to autumn/winter outfits. Pair it with a biker jacket, an oversized coat or a puffer for simple yet impactful cold-weather style. Bonus: like all Will's designs, these are carbon-neutral.
The knee-high: Allkind Grace Two Tone Vegan Long Flat Boots Grey
Knee-high boots are back on the agenda for this season, and Allkind's style are a great departure from black without going too daring. The subdued grey and blue shade combo will look striking with another of this season's big trends – the mini skirt.
The stomper boot: Bohema Worker Monster Desserto Cactus Leather Vegan Boots Black
Stomper boots also ruled the runways – but did they ever really leave? This edgy classic is an autumn/winter go-to design thanks to its ability to toughen up a flora dress, a skinny jeans-and-knit combo, or a structured coat. Bohema's version is made from planet-friendly cactus leather, ensuring that it's durable enough to last you all winter.
Think you can't wear cowboy boots? Think again. This on-trend design is eye-catching, yes – but it will also be easier to match than you imagine. Wear Good Guys' mid-calf style with a casual dress or chuck it on over jeans for a casual yet nonchalantly cool appeal.
The off-duty style: Minuit Sur Terre Oracle Vegan Leather High-Ankle Flat Boots Khaki
This olive-green, flat ankle boot is the perfect choice for lazy Sunday walks in the park with a pumpkin spice latte – what autumn weekends are made of! Crafted from recycled cereals, this boot will keep you warm and, at the same time, attract questions about where you got it from.
If you're looking for a day-to-night boot that will turn heads and elevate your outfit, you've found it. Allkind's Chloe boots are made from butter-soft vegan leather in a chocolate hue that lends itself to daytime as well as after dark, and will look chic with a shift dress or with slim jeans and a crisp shirt.
The weekend boot: A Perfect Jane Atlantis AppleSkin Vegan Leather Ankle Boots Cognac
A relaxed and casual weekend style, this ankle boot from A Perfect Jane is made from apple leather and recycled PET, making it a planet-friendly choice. Wear it to add interest to denim jumpsuits or wide-leg jeans and a knit for instant autumnal chic.
The statement piece: Della Terra Jasper Marble Square Toe Heeled Vegan Ankle Boot
This is a shoe that wasn't made to blend into the background. Della Terra's marble-patterned piece is a true attention-grabber – but what those stopping you in the street won't know is that it's also made in fair-wage carbon-neutral factories. Wear with a sleek black dress to let the shoe take centre stage.
The colour injection: Sylven New York Jayne Apple Leather Vegan Boots Scarlet Red & Black
Black who? Brighten up dark winter days with a touch of crimson by adding this apple-leather design to dark tailoring and classic coats. The heel will add extra height while not being too much of a strain – brilliant for long winter days.
By Sascha Camilli
Sascha Camilli is a vegan fashion writer, speaker and activist. Her book Vegan Style is out now on Murdoch Books. For more about Sascha, you can read our interview with her. You can also follow her on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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