The biggest struggle for vegashionistas is finding vegan designer shoes. I mean, the real ones. I don’t see Ferragamo or YSL making vegan shoes in the near future, so if you’re a cruelty-free fashionista you’ll have to look for the perfect pump in some other places.
Some high-end shoe designers have tried collaborations with ethical and cruelty-free producers, but they were just short time collaborations, often one collection and that was it. I know what you’re thinking: couldn’t they make the f***in’ shoes both in leather and in faux leather? That’s what I think. Shoe designers should follow Dr Martens example and produce a line of vegan shoes for conscious shoppers like you and me.
In the meantime though, we must quench our vegan designer shoes thirst. It can be done. There are high-quality shoes out there that maybe don’t go under the name of Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik, but are gorgeous nonetheless. And if you need branded designer shoes like your life depends on it, there are also big names that produce vegan shoes. Praise the fashionistas Lord!
Vegan Designer Shoes
Although Stella McCartney brand is not 100% vegan, she’s famous for being a cruelty-free high-end fashion designer, and we’ll give her that.
Vivienne Westwood is a favourite when it comes to ethical fashion and alternative fashion mixed together. Unfortunately, she still produces leather accessories and clothes, so her brand can’t be defined cruelty-free at all. Her long-time collaboration with Melissa Shoes is well-known; the brand only produces pvc shoes, no leather involved. It’s vegan for sure, but is it sustainable?
Not strictly vegan (well, not even vegetarian) Jeffrey Campbell launched a collaboration with Convert for a vegan shoes line. You can find them on Convert website. Jeffrey Campbell also produced a vegan line for Free People and Nasty Gal; you can see (and purchase) them below.
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100% Vegan Shoe Brands
Cri de Coeur
Cri de Coeur is a completely vegan luxury accessories brand with a penchant for sustainable materials like recycled plastics, reclaimed wood and organic hemp. Their most famous line is Arden Wohl x Cri de Coeur: you can see why in the two samples below.
Rebecca Mink put three year of work just to put her first collection out there. She flew all the way to Italy to look for the best artisans around and landed on the same master shoe makers who craft shoes for Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Dolce&Gabbana. Mink Shoes are made of animal-free, eco-friendly materials and have nothing to envy luxury shoes for.
Talking about skilled Italian craftsmen, Opificio V is an Italian brand that offers high-quality shoes that could definitely be defined vegan designer shoes. From classy pumps to more casual booties, Opificio V covers all needs of the more demanding vegashionistas.
Elizabeth Olsen is a pioneer animal rights advocate; she founded Olsenhaus in 2008, one of the first luxury vegan shoes on the market. Olsenhaus shoes are 100% cruelty-free, ethical, sustainable and they also give back to several animal organizations.
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