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The Best Vegan Designer Shoes: 16 Best Vegan Luxury Shoes in 2022

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Vegan designer shoes: are these the future? While big-name luxury brands might be dragging their feet when it comes to launching leather free looks, vegan designer brands are racing ahead into the future.

Some of the designer vegan shoe brands I’ll cover include:

You may notice that with the exception of Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Gucci, there aren’t many big designer names on this list. Christian Louboutin stated in an interview he doesn’t foresee using vegan leather in the near future, making an incorrect statement about the environmental impacts of vegan leather vs. animal leather (though custom-made vegan Louboutins appear possible).

Nor will you find vegan Jimmy Choo shoes just yet, though Jimmy Choo’s former head of design, Alfredo Piferi, started his own vegan shoe brand, Piferi.

But thanks to visionary vegans like Rebecca Mink of Mink shoes and Natalie Dean of Beyond Skin, who’ve been making designer vegan shoes for 20+ years, you have been able to find high end vegan shoes for some years now.

And thanks to the ever growing list of vegan shoe designers, it’s now easier than ever to get yourself a pair of luxury vegan shoes.

Read on to find the best vegan fashion shoes from vegan designers, plus a few picks from mainstream luxury shoe brands who are finally starting to dip their toes in the water of vegan leather shoes. I expect this to continue to grow in the coming years.

 

Cult of Coquette black stiletto heels with strings of diamante crystals hanging from the upper part of the shoe over the heel

Cult of Coquette vegan designer shoes

Worn by Miley Cyrus and Leona Lewis, the brand was started by Bebe Roxana. She always wanted a pair of ‘So Kate’ Louboutin vegan shoes but since they weren’t available in a faux leather version, decided to make her own with vegan materials! So if you’re after a pair of vegan Christian Louboutin shoes, get yourself some Cult of Coquette shoes!

These Bianca black satin pumps are a showstopper, with a 4.5 inch stiletto heel, pointed toe and cascading rhinestone fringe.

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Pink sequin sparkle stiletto heels from Mink Shoes

Mink Shoes vegan designer heels

One of the earliest makers of vegan designer heels, Rebecca Mink founded Mink Shoes over 20 years ago. She faced a lot of challenges in the days before vegan shoes were widely available, including being turned down by multiple factories in Italy who didn't want to work with her. Eventually she found a factory, and today she's part-owner of it! Celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Natalie Portman and Alicia Silverstone were all early adopters of Mink shoes.

Their shoes are made in Italy by the same master shoemakers who make Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Chanel and Louboutin shoes.

Mink is known for its ultra-sparkly heels, though they also have muted solid colored pumps in classic black and other neutral tones. For a statement piece, though, go for the glitter.

 

Shoes vegan from Beyond Skin - black boots with gold inner upper, which can be folded up to be all black (gold hidden) or folded down to show gold part

Beyond Skin

Another early entry into the vegan designer shoe scene is Beyond Skin, one of the early vegan luxury brands as it was founded in the UK in 2001. They've seen success over the years, including being worn by Miley Cyrus and Evanna Lynch. Whether you're looking for vegan office shoes or vegan designer boots, Beyond Skin has a wide range of styles. I've had several pairs of Beyond Skin shoes over the years, and they were really good quality. My favourite part is the stamp on the bottom that says 'Genuinely Not Leather'.

To stand out, I love these cute vegan boots in classic black, with cuffs you can fold up or down. With the cuff up, you have an all-black ankle boot. With the cuff folded down, a pop of gold.

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Vegan shoes luxury from Taylor and Thomas - snakeskin print boots with a short wooden block heel

Taylor + Thomas

Founded in LA in 2018 by Jessica Taylor Mead and Elizabeth Thomas James, their luxury vegan shoes are handcrafted in Italy. They aim to use sustainable materials as much as possible, utilising recycled rubber, FSC-certified wood and castor beans. But this is some seriously stylish recycled rubber and sustainable wood. From pumps to luxury vegan boots, they have a range of different classic styles.

These python print boots with a wax stamp gold pull will add an edge to any outfit.

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Light pink shoes with shiny flower removable shoe accessory from Veerah

Veerah

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A unique take on luxury shoes, this vegan brand aims to be sustainable by selling not just shoes, but shoe accessories! I love the creativity behind these shoes. Their detachable accessories that can be attached to and removed from Veerah shoes, thus making them more versatile (and also becoming more sustainable by allowing you the cut down on the number of shoes).

Founder Stacey Chang noticed that when traveling a lot for work she had trouble bringing enough pairs of shoes for all the different events, and realised by changing up one pair of shoes she could make them work in different settings.

Accessories include clip-on brooches for your shoes, plus removable tassels and ankle straps.

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Vegan snakeskin stiletto heels in colour block print from Aera

Aera

This vegan brand was launched by veteran fashion industry insiders, including a former president of Dolce & Gabbana. Their aim is to produce luxury vegan shoes, made by artisans in Italy, that are also sustainable. Celebs such as Emma Roberts and Saoirse Ronan reportedly love them.

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Piferi light pink stiletto heels with "soquette" (floating sock over the shoe from ankle midway down heel)

Piferi luxury vegan shoes

While you won't find Jimmy Choo vegan shoes, Piferi was founded by Jimmy Choo's former head of design.

Piferi is one of the newer luxury vegan shoe companies. Alfredo Piferi, formerly head of design at Jimmy Choo, launched his new brand of vegan luxury shoes in February 2020 at Milan Fashion Week, bringing vegan shoes into high fashion. One of the most unusual vegan shoe designs you'll find is the Soquette.

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Platform black trainers with star pattern and white soles from Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney vegan shoes

One of the most well-known vegetarian designers is Stella McCartney. As a lifelong vegetarian, she eschews all leather and fur from her designs (but her clothes aren't all vegan as she uses wool and silk). Her shoe collection, however, is fully vegan!

Whether you're looking for Stella McCartney vegan trainers (like these famous platform trainers) or Stella McCartney vegan boots, she has a wide range of non leather shoes in her online shop.

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Marzeri brown vegan mens shoesMarzeri vegan luxury shoes

Whilst working as a marketing manager in a supermarket chain 13 years ago, founder Paola Caracciolo found it difficult to find vegan shoes that fit the dress code, especially since there weren't many vegan options on the market then. So, she took matters into her own hands and decided to get into the shoe business.

Marzeri is a vegan luxury footwear brand launched by Caraccioli a couple of years ago, making everything from luxury vegan mens dress shoes (unlike many on this list, they make mens shoes as well as women's) to vegan pumps and designer vegan boots using Italian artisan shoe makers. This ethical brand also uses sustainable materials such as apple leather (using waste from the apple industry), grain leather and cork.

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Mesa white vegan mule with low block heel

Mesa

New vegan footwear brand Mesa launched recently with a small but perfectly formed vegan sandals collection. They work with artisans in Los Angeles so all shoes are made in the USA.

These non leather designer shoes are crafted using as many sustainable materials as possible, including recycled plastic bottles, scrap film and polyester fabric that has been transformed into vegan microsuede with a cotton base and sourced from Italy. All this is atop hand-carved wooden heels made from scrap wood.

The name Mesa is a combination of the first and last name of the vegan shoes designer, and also honours the shoes' California heritage.

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Sylven New York silver metallic heeled boot

Sylven New York

Syvlen New York is a vegan artisan designer on the way to becoming fully vegan (all the shoes on the link above are vegan and are listed on Alltrueist, a vegan website). They use sustainable materials, like their signature material, apple leather, made with organic apple waste in Italy.

Other materials used include coconut husks for the insoles, wheat and corn byproducts for the lining, vegan leather made with 100% recycled materials, and 100% recycled rubber soles. Plus their vegan heels made with 100% recycled plastic.

Production takes place in Tuscany, Italy and over 90% of the materials are sourced locally in Tuscany. The brand also personally audits factories and suppliers to ensure fair labour.

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Yatay all white vegan sneaker

YATAY

YATAY makes luxury vegan sneakers with a vegan bio leather the brand developed themselves after two years of R&D. The luxury vegan leather is made with polymers extracted from cereal crops rather than the standard crude oil, combined with viscose from tree pulp and recycled polyester from recycled plastic bottles. 

The lining is made from tree pulp from 100% sustainable plantations, while the soles are recycled rubber. As well as using sustainable materials, YATAY is committed to sustainable production and all this vegan leather designer's shoes are made by artisans in Marche, Italy, using generations' old traditions.

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Sylth Virago black vegan boots with specialty curved stiletto heel

Sylth Virago

Designed in New York and made in Italy, one of this vegan shoe designer's aims is to ensure durability. They even subsidise repairs on their shoes! 

The shoes are crafted by artisans in Italy, and they ensure fair labour practices are followed. They use insoles made from a biodegradable cellulose fibre. They also donate to animal rescues every month.

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Vegan black snow boots from Alexandra K

Alexandra K

Alexandra K started as a designer bag company and has now branched out into sneakers and vegan snow boots. They are PETA approved and have won a PETA fashion award.

The brand is based in Poland, which is where they manufacture. Constantly on the lookout for new materials, they use innovative and sustainable materials in their products such as a apple, corn and grape leather (all using byproducts of the food industry).

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Black and white stripe vegan sneakers from Balenciaga

Vegan Balenciaga shoes

For whatever reason, vegan designer trainers seem to be the main offering from mainstream fashion houses, while vegan boots and heels seem to be seen as a step too far (pun intended). Balenciaga pushed the envelope of the ugly sneaker trend with their vegan designer sneakers, the Zen sneaker.

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Gucci vegan black trainers with red and green stipres

Vegan Gucci sneakers

You can also find vegan Gucci shoes, again only in sneaker form.

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FAQ

What are vegan shoes?

Vegan shoes are made completely free of animal products like leather, wool and silk. Instead, they use alternative materials like cotton or vegan leather, which in itself can be made from a range of materials. Vegan leather can be made of microfibre or newer vegan leathers include pineapple leather and mango leather, made from leftover waste from the food industry. While vegan shoes are made using different materials, techniques are similar and shoes like Mink Shoes are made by the same shoemakers in Italy who produce mainstream designer brands like Gucci, Chanel and Jimmy Choo shoes.

 

Does Jimmy Choo have vegan shoes? 

No (not yet anyway). However, former Jimmy Choo designer Alfredo Piferi has a vegan shoe brand, the eponymous Piferi. Fashion-forward and runway-ready, Piferi's one to watch. 

I suspect that with the launch of vegan brands like Piferi, and vegan shoes now being offered from the likes of Balenciaga, we are going to see more and more vegan designer shoes in the future, whether that's vegan versions of shoes from mainstream designer or new launches of vegan luxury brands as brands like Piferi lead the way.

 

Are there any Christian Louboutin vegan shoes?

No. You won't find any vegan shoes with the iconic red lacquered sole. However, Cult of Coquette is a vegan brand founded by Bebe Roxana, who started making shoes because she wanted Louboutins and couldn't find them in vegan form! If you're after Louboutin-style stilettos, then go for a pair of Cult of Coquette heels.

 

What do vegan celebrities wear?

Lots of vegan celebrities eschew wearing animal leather on the red carpet, and choose their shoes from some of the brands on this list. Alicia Silverstone has been spotted in Mink Shoes, and Miley Cyrus in Beyond Skin shoes. 

 

Are vegan shoes well made?

Absolutely, they can be, though of course there's variation as there's a huge range of vegan shoes. On one end, you have budget vegan shoes that just like their non-leather counterparts may fall apart fairly quickly. On the other hand, you have brands like Mink Shoes, whose heels are produced by the same artisan shoemakers in Italy who make Louboutins and Jimmy Choo shoes.

 

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Want more designer style? Check out my guide to vegan designer bags here.

Looking for more vegan shoe guides? Find my guide to vegan women's shoes here. Click here to see my guide to vegan boots, find my vegan sandals guide here and find my guide to vegan sneakers here.

I also have guides to specific styles, such as vegan Chelsea boots, vegan cowboy boots, vegan knee high boots, vegan ankle boots, vegan combat boots, vegan winter boots, vegan dress shoes, vegan men's shoes, vegan clogs and slippers.

Click here to see all my vegan fashion & beauty guides.

 

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