It's a better time than ever to choose vegan footwear. Choices are more plentiful, and brands are delving into a variety of exciting materials. As consumers realise the ethical implications and environmental destruction involved in wearing animal skins, vegan fashion continues to skyrocket.
By Sascha Camilli: writer, speaker, activist and vegan fashion expert.
Fashionistas no longer have to choose between wearing the skin of a tortured animal or settling for less-than-stylish shoes – vegan fashion labels today strike the perfect balance of style and values, offering designs that become coveted must-haves for their look, with the ethics being a welcome bonus. This is particularly evident when it comes to boots – every style, from Chelsea boots to knee-highs, is now available in vegan leather. We've rounded up of our favourite designs to make 2022 your most stylish year yet.
The ankle boot: Allkind Isabella Vegan Suede Heeled Ankle Boot
Let's start with a classic that will help build the foundation for any wardrobe: the ankle boot. Perfect for everything from jeans to evening dresses, the ankle boot is the very definition of “must-have”. Allkind's vegan suede version is handmade in Spain and features planet-friendly recycled fabrics.
The biker boot: Will's Vegan Store Women's Vegan Leather Biker Boot
Toughen up a dainty dress with a pair of no-nonsense biker boots for a relaxed look with an edge. Will's Vegan Store crafts their cruelty-free styles from Italian vegan leather, incorporating bio-oils sourced from organic cereal crops. The brand's production processes are all carbon-neutral.
Want to add interest to a simple daytime outfit? Try these eco-conscious vegan clogs from Good Guys Don't Wear Leather – an updated version of traditional Swedish clogs. Bonus: the non-slippery sole makes these clogs the ideal choice for rainy days.
The knee-high: Allkind Chloe Vegan Leather Long Knee Boot
Some occasions just call for extra glamour, and nothing says “high-octane” like a knee-high boot. Especially a stiletto one. Allkind's Chloe model will seriously turn up the glam factor on your after-dark outfits, without harming one hair on an animal's head.
The statement piece: Bohema Cyber Desserto Cactus Leather Vegan Ankle Boot
Make your outfit stand out from the crowd with Bohema's futuristic piece crafted with leather made from the nopal cactus plant. This eco-friendly vegan material is also durable, resistant, and exceptionally high in quality.
The cowboy boot: Good Guys Don't Wear Leather Daisy Vegan Leather Heeled Cowboy Boot
Bring out your inner (vegan) cowboy with Good Guys Don't Wear Leather's honey-hued ankle boots that feature a comfortable yet subtly elevating block heel. Wear these Western-inspired boots with jeans or a casual, floaty dress for a perfect weekend look.
The low-heel boot: Sylven New York Cassidy Recycled Fibre Vegan Nappa Leather Boot
Some days, you just need a low heel. Whether you're running errands or taking a weekend stroll, these comfortable yet chic ankle boots from Sylven New York are a great choice that will make you feel at ease while looking your best.
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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