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As winter finally makes an appearance in the UK, it’s time to revisit my annual mission: find some stylish, good quality, ethical footwear. I usually end up getting bored and buying some incidentally non-leather high street shoes, and then wish I’d stuck it out to find a decent ethical option. This year, I’m trying to stay resolute, and I thought I’d share some of the brands I’ve come across in my search in case you’re in a similar position and getting tired of trawling the search results for the perfect shoe!
Matt & Nat – this summer, this vegan super-brand branched out from handbags and wallets into shoes, and I think they’ve come up with a pretty solid collection. Nothing too jazzy here, but if the quality is the same as their bags we’re in for a treat.
Ethletic – look rather similar to a certain cult classic, but with supply chain visibility and vegan materials.
Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather – am coveting at least 5 items from the range tbh.
Beyond Skin – 100% vegan shoes. Need someone to stage an intervention to stop me buying all the gold shoes.
Nae Vegan – a solid range from the classic to the esoteric (and more gold).
Zibru – a new brand on me, but they have a small vegan line, mostly black boots and shoes.
By BLANCH – made in spain and 100% vegan, a small but perfectly formed range of shoes and boots.
Third Estate – a vegan clothing and footwear shop in North London (now with an online shop too) stocking a number of vegan shoe brands.
Jonny’s Vegan – site is in German, but a solid range of vegan shoes.
Bourgeois Boheme – some good options for smarter shoes in particular.
Nicora shoes – handmade in the US, offer flat-rate worldwide shipping.
Bahatika – a lovely aesthetic, Vegan society approved.
Muroexe – super minimal design, all vegan.
Avesu – stock a pretty massive range from lots of the brands I’ve mentioned here, and some others. A good starting point.
Ahimsa – a Brazilian brand offering free worldwide shipping. 100% vegan.
Vegetarian Shoes – a long running and well known brand, a worth a visit any time you’re in Brighton!
Bella Storia – made in Italy, 100% vegan.
Flamingos Life – animal free sneakers.
Insecta Shoes – made in Brasil, 100% vegan.
Native Shoes – a pretty wide range, catering for both adults and kids.
I’ll try to keep adding to this list as I find new ones (and hopefully eventually find the winter boot of my dreams!) but if you have fave brands that I’ve missed in the meantime please let us know in the comments 🙂