Need vegan dress shoes for work, a wedding or an upcoming event? It hasn’t always been easy to find vegan men’s dress shoes or vegan womens dress shoes, since unfortunately many brands make their dress shoes with leather. However, thanks to all vegan shoe brands, there are now plenty of choices!
Some of the brands I’ll be looking at in this article include, among others:
- Will’s Vegan Store (mens + womens)
- Noah Italian Vegan Shoes (mens)
- Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather (mens + womens)
- Aera (mens)
- Veerah (womens): use code “VEERAHXTHEVEGANWORD” for 10% off!
- Marzeri (mens)
- Aera (womens)
- Stella McCartney (womens)
- Piferi (womens)
- Sylth Virago (womens)
- Matt & Nat (womens)
- Cult of Coquette (womens)
- Bhava (womens)
- Gentleberg (mens)
- Carmona Collection (womens)
- Mireia Playa (womens)
- Sylven New York (womens)
- Collection and Co (womens)
- Taylor + Thomas (womens)
- Allkind (womens)
A note: I’ve linked to where you can buy these shoes online. However, if you prefer buying shoes in person (sometimes you can’t beat trying them on in-person) it can be tricky as not that many shoe label their vegan shoes all that well. You can use this guide to shoe symbols but know that some non-vegan brands use animal-based glues, and check if your city has a vegan shoe store or a vegan shop that sells shoes. Or, take a leaf out of this five-year-old’s book and ask a local footwear shop if they’ll order in vegan shoes for you!
Men’s vegan dress shoes
Based in the UK, with US and Europe stores
Features: 100% vegan
Will’s is the best for vegan work shoes and all your other vegan shoe needs. They have one of the most extensive collections of vegan shoes, bags and accessories.
These vegan Italian shoes epitomise classic Italian shoemaking. Noah vegan shoes make vegan mens dress shoes in traditional styles, from vegan Oxfords to vegan Derby shoes. If you're looking for traditional shoes such as vegan black work shoes, Noah's perfect meld classic style and traditional construction.
Their non leather mens shoes are handcrafted in small productions and fair working conditions in Italy.
Good Guys Don't Wear Leather was the first vegan shoe company in France. They make non leather dress shoes as well as vegan dress boots, plus more casual wear like sneakers. Many of their styles are unisex.
As well as a microfibre-based vegan leather, some of their mens vegan dress shoes (such as the Cooper boots) are made with apple leather, an innovative and eco-friendly vegan leather made from leftover apple waste from the food industry.
Aera makes luxury vegan leather dress shoes. If you're looking for designer vegan business shoes, then look no further.
Aera makes the best vegan shoes if you want to stand out - just check out their vegan python leather loafers or boots.
They also have more classic style men's non leather shoes, such as the Maxwell men's black derby shoes.
Marzeri is another great option if you're looking for designer vegan smart shoes. Their non leather formal shoes are classic in style; choose from vegan penny loafers or Oxfords in brown or black.
Because of the way they're constructed, they have a high level of water impermeability and can be re-soled.
Gentleberg make mens trainers and smart vegan shoes.
If you're looking for vegan suit shoes that will work for work, a wedding or other formal event, my top pick is the Robbert vegan leather cap toe Derby shoes. These vegan brown dress shoes will work for any occasion.
Best vegan dress shoes for women
If you're looking for women's vegan dress shoes, there are plenty of options these days, from vegan brands and even vegan designer labels.
Will's Vegan Store started out making men's vegan shoes and have since expanded to women's shoes (plus accessories, coats and more). They have a really big range and you can find just about any vegan womens work shoes or shoes for other special occasions.
Use code “VEERAHXTHEVEGANWORD” for 10% off!
Veerah is a vegan designer shoe brand with a difference - you can customise and change the shoes with clip-on accessories like straps, tassels and brooches. It was the braindchild of founder Stacey Chang, who realised she was always packing multiple pairs of shoes for business trips to change her look for different outfits. She came up with the idea of customising one pair of shoes for multiple looks.
They have vegan mule shoes, pumps and heeled sandals, as well as boots, and you can buy the detachable shoe accessories separately.
Aera is a luxury vegan shoe brand created by fashion industry insiders, including a former president of Dolce & Gabbana. Their shoes are vegan and sustainable, and produced by artisans in Italy.
Stella McCartney is the most famous vegetarian luxury designer. As a longlong vegetarian, she doesn't use leather in any of her designs, so all her shoes and bags are vegan (some of the clothing in her line isn't as some contain wool and silk so beware of that).
If you're looking for designer shoes, Stella's range includes trainers, boots and more.
The second luxury designer on this list, Piferi was founded by Alfredo Piferi, former head of design at Jimmy Choo.
Piferi's designs are unique, such as the soquette heel pictured above.
This designer brand is designed in New York and made in Italy and is designed to be durable. They even go as far as subisidising repairs on their shoes, which I think is a great idea!
The Sylth Virago boots come with their custom signature curved stiletto heel.
Matt & Nat is a well-known vegan bag brand that expanded into shoes. If you're looking for vegan office shoes, they have a wide range of styles, from mules to boots.
Cult of Coquette was founded by Bebe Roxana, who always wanted a pair of Louboutin "Kate" shoes. Since they weren't available in vegan form, she decided to create her own!
Their specialty is heels, but they also have flats and also vegan bridal shoes.
Mireia Playa is a Barcelona-based brand and their shoes are made in Lyon, France.
Their range includes boots and sandals, such as these vegan platform shoes.
Bhava is a vegan shoe brand that makes vegan clogs, heels and boots. One particularly unique offering I love is that they sell boot "uppers" that you can attach to their boots to make ankle boots in knee-high boots, a way to be more eco- and wallet-friendly.
Beyond Skin is a British vegan shoe brand that was one of the first vegan luxury shoe designers, starting back in 2001. I've owned several pairs of their shoes over the years and found them long-lasting and good quality.
Their range includes heels and boots and they also make vegan wedding shoes.
More brands that make vegan women's dress shoes:
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