Contrary to popular belief, living a vegan life isn’t just about what you eat. Veganism is a whole lifestyle that relies on any day-to-day decisions, especially your outfit choices. One of the biggest fashion criminals to our furry (and not-so-furry) friends is the shoe industry, which has basically endless amounts of leather, sheepskin, and fur-filled products. So, if you want to be a more animal-friendly advocate with your style, be weary when shopping for your next favorite pairs of pumps. Thankfully, the industry has heard loud and clear and is supplying a more vast array of vegan shoes to choose from.
For decades, the fashion industry rarely focused on whether choices were ethical or not, but now the vegan wave has hit in full force. Nowadays, major fashion houses and labels are dropping their once fur-filled items and restyling them with alternative vegan materials. With iconic brands such as Versace and Gucci going fur-free, it seems like the world of high fashion is gearing towards the right direction to keep our style and ethics on point. So, why not follow in the lead of these iconic brands and become a sensible shopper by treating yourself to a pair of chic vegan shoes?
Whether you’re going for a pleather pump or a new pair of wedges, there is a vegan option for just about every type of shoe you can think of. While some people hate on “pleather” and other vegan materials, there is actually an enormous abundance of vegan options that not only look and feel luxurious, but also hold up for years to come with little damage. Vegan materials have come a long way, and now you can have your vegan shoes without risking quality and style. So, make a statement with your shoes by making the switch to ethical vegan materials.
This spring, we’re revamping our shoe closets by going out with the old and in with these new vegan shoe styles. From refreshing pastels to edgy color-blocks, these vegan shoes can bring new life to your spring style, all without harming any of your favorite furry friends. No leather, no fur, just quality shoes that will amp up your springtime style.
These vegan options can tie any of your spring staples together without sacrificing the quality of your look. From wrap dresses to your favorite pair of white jeans, these vegan shoes can give your look an effortless, fresh off the runway feel, without the guilt of wearing real fur and leather.
Need some guidance in your latest vegan shoe exploration? Don’t you worry, because we’re here to help: we put together some of the biggest vegan shoe essentials to bring in the new spring season. From classic springtime looks to more modern twists, you can give your wardrobe the refresher it needs with these shoes, all while staying morally sound. So, create the looks of your vegan dreams with these shoes. Make the world your ethical runway while transforming into your inner vegan-ista by strutting through spring in these animal-friendly picks.
Ready to live a greener life? Then strap on these essential vegan shoes.
Slidin’ Into Style
One of the most sought-after shoes of the season is undeniably the iconic Gucci slides. These shoes are perfect for everyday wear, and are no match for the rest of the basic slides on the market. The slides are decked in the signature Gucci emblem with a tan base, and call onto the warm season by incorporating a breathtaking print of butterflies and florals. And the rubber base of these slides will keep you comfortable no matter how long your strolls around the park may be. If you’re headed to the beach, or just running to the grocery store, these shoes are the essential asset to your warm weather wardrobe.
The Tweed Approach
Want to slip into something more comfortable? Then these tweed espadrille slides from Manebi should definitely be in your closet. These slip-on shoes are for those low-key relaxing days. The espadrille bottom is complemented by the light green tweed, giving us major warm weather vibes. The slightly fringed texture of these shoes gives them a worn-in, vintage feel that we’re ready to play around with this season. These breathable shoes can easily be tied together with just about anything in your closet: play them down with a comfy t-shirt and jeans, or dress them up with your favorite skater dress. So now, you can be comfy, but make it fashion in these shoes.
In Living Color
Want to add a little pep to your step? Then slip your feet into these vegan rainbow sandals from BC Footwear. These cork-based shoes will make you the life of any party for its eccentric rainbow straps, creating a tube effect that only reminds us of our favorite 90’s accessories. They’re the coolest sandals for giving your outfits an extra burst of cosmic colors. And you can stay 100% guilt free in these sandals, because they’re PETA-approved vegan, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly. So, keep your feet and Mother Earth happy by grabbing a pair of these flamboyant sandals.
Espadrilles are an iconic staple to any springtime look. And, it’s definitely not a struggle to find a vegan espadrille, since this type of shoe is usually created with animal-friendly materials and fabrics. These wedges from Castañer have a classic, timeless look that’s perfect for pairing with any of your fresh, ethereal outfits for the warmer months ahead. Composed of canvas, these wedges are complemented by the classic espadrille crochet pattern, and feature pale-pink checkered straps that lace up ballerina-style. Wear these shoes with your favorite white dress to create the ultimate look for spring.
Mules are having a major moment, and we’re shamelessly standing by it. It’s a versatile style that can be manipulated effortlessly into any outfit, and no two mules are ever the same. These woven mules from Proenza Schouler are rendered in acrylic knit, and feature a neutral black and white pattern complimented with fringed ends. These shoes will meet their perfect style match when they’re paired with white cropped jeans and a bold graphic tee. Accentuate these vegan shoes with your favorite silver jewelry for a fully composed look for the spring season.
Pumped Up Kicks
You’re always going to need a good pair of sneakers. Whether you’re trying to create the ultimate street-style look, or if you just need a good pair of shoes for running to the grocery, sneakers are always a great style staple to have in hand. That’s why we’re loving these vegan sneakers from DRKSHDW. These classic sneakers were created in Italy with the finest vegan fabrics and materials you could ever ask for in a sneaker, such as elastane, cotton, and rubber. They’re sleek and composed look gives you both style and comfort, getting you ready to take on those sunny days. Strap on these sneakers with a pair of denim shorts for a minimal look or create a sweet-yet-edgy style by wearing them with a skater dress.
The slip-on shoe is a classic for spring, and these satin slippers from Sanayi 313 will definitely not disappoint you. These mocha brown slippers are the luxury comfort piece you need to get your through the spring season. The embroidered bronze turtles give these satin slippers a playful edge while staying chic and sophisticated with any of your springtime outfits. This vegan shoe essential is perfect for those lounging days in the park, and pair perfectly with any of your favorite denim pieces. Wear with your favorite raw hemmed jeans or mini denim skirts for a fabulous and luxe style to call in spring.
The Satin Slingback
Give your style a pop of color with these vibrant slingbacks. Made solely of satin, these slingbacks feature an avant-garde block heel, staying minimal while packing a punch of style with this subtle ring detail. Give any minimal sundress or white top an eye-catching color statement with these beautiful shoes. Crafted by Yuul Yie, this pair will become your favorite of the season for their bold and ecstatic color that no one will be able to ignore.
While summer is the designated pool season, we can still take a dip from time to time during spring. And what better way to liven up your poolside style than with these cotton pool slides a la Emilio Pucci? These pool slides are decked in 60’s-style cosmic colors, aligned with comfortable cotton to get your mind ready for those vacation days ahead. They can be worn at the beach, or even during with your day-to-day looks, and will give your outfits an extra pop of style.
The kitten heel is making the comeback it oh-so deserves, and we’re celebrating in these kitten-heeled mules by Marco de Vincenzo. They’re rendered in satin and feature a ruffled opening, with a subtle black bow embellishment. These slip-on heels are your go-to for any office outfit, with a pale blue heel that gives a simple yet statement-making touch.