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9 Best Brands for Vegan Heels

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On the hunt for the best vegan heels? Whether you’re looking for heels for work, a wedding or going out, there are thankfully more choices than ever when it comes to vegan footwear!

From pineapples to olive leaves, a huge variety of materials are now used to make eco-friendly alternatives to leather. 

Some of the best vegan heel brands I’ll be covering include:

When it comes to vegan shoes, heels might be what you reach for for parties or going out out. Whether you’re searching for vegan block heels or stilettos, here are the best vegan high heels.

 

Nae

Based in Portugal

Features: 100% vegan company, uses sustainable materials

All-vegan shoe brand Nae makes all their shoes in Portugal and prioritises using eco-friendly materials like recycled plastic bottles and airbags. They have low heels, vegan heeled sandals and more in their range of ethical heels. 

The Valentina low heel pictured above is a ballerina-style with a low heel, adorned with a bow, and made out of a breathable ec0-friendly vegan microfibre. 

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Matt and Nat heels

Based in Canada

Features: 100% vegan

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Canadian brand Matt & Nat makes vegan bags, shoes and accessories. They have one of the widest ranges of vegan shoes for sale in their collection, making everything from vegan running shoes and comfortable vegan shoes to heels.

I have a Matt & Nat Wallet I've owned for nearly ten years so they definitely seem durable! They've got a selection of different heels, from wedge heels to block heels to heeled mules and more.

The Amari block heels have a 3-inch heel and feature a v-cut design. These faux leather heels come in black PU leather, which will match everything, or a burnt orange corduroy if you want to add a pop of colour to outfits.

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Allkind

Based in the UK

Features: 100% vegan company, uses recycled materials, sweatshop-free

Allkind is a brand started launched in March 2020 when founders Kate Barrett and Hayley McCardle noticed that a lot of shoes that would otherwise be vegan contained non-vegan materials like glue. So, they decided to launch their brand using all vegan materials. As well as the vegan materials used in these shoes, they try to use recycled materials where possible, including recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. They're also made in a fair trade environment in the EU.

They make classic style vegan high heel shoes. This vegan brand has vegan pumps with a block heel and court shoes with a stiletto heel, in black, blush, silver and vegan snakeskin, and vegan patent leather and suede. So if you're looking for classic vegan black heels to pair with your classic LBD/little black dress, this is the brand for you!

The Sophia stiletto court shoe has an 85mm heel. The outer is made of vegan patent leather made with a combination recycled and non-recycled polyester and polyurethane (PU) and the sole is 100% recycled and upcycled rubber. They're handmade in Spain.

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Mireia Playa

Based in Spain

Features: 100% vegan company, uses sustainable materials

If you're looking for vegan heeled sandals, Mireia Playa is for you. Mireia Playa started the brand after discovering a lack of vegan shoes. So, she recruited her father, who had 30 years in the shoe industry, to help her start a vegan brand. They've been featured in Vogue and Vanity Fair. They use sustainable and recycled materials to make their shoes such as a recycled polyester vegan suede and a bio-based vegan leather made with corn and recycled fibres.

They have sandals made of recycled polyester vegan suede, and you can choose from platforms or mid heels. There's also a wide range of colors - beyond black, white and brown, you'll find red, turquoise and lime green sandals.

The Jen platform sandals feature vegan suede made with recycled polyester, a breathable and antibacterial lining and a platform lined with jute. The soles are rubber and the platform is 4cm in the front and 7cm in the back.

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Taylor + Thomas

Based in LA

Features: 100% vegan company, uses eco-friendly materials

Luxury vegan shoe brand Taylor + Thomas has vegan court shoes, heeled loafers, and stilettos. If you're looking for vegan designer heels, don't miss LA-based Taylor + Thomas. They use eco-friendly materials for shoes like FSC certified wood, a water-based and solvent-free polyurethane, recycled polyester suede and insoles made from castor beans and recycled rubber. They're made by artisans paid fair wages.

For more vegan designer shoes, see my guide to vegan designer shoes here.

The Marianne vegan court shoe is made in Italy and inspired by a classic court shoe but with a Western twist. Made with vegan Nappa leather, it has an orthopaedic memory foam insole, recyclable rubber outsole and FSC certified 2.8-inch beech wood heel. 

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Beyond Skin shoes

Based in the UK

Features: 100% vegan company, uses some recycled materials

From vegan heeled boots to vegan kitten heels, Beyond Skin has a really wide range of vegan heels. They even have vegan bridal shoes! Beyond Skin shoes are really well-made; I've owned several pairs. And they have a really cute range of vegan high heel boots and heeled sandals and vegan Mary Jane heels. They even have a section of vegan wedding shoes in their online shop.

Beyond Skin was founded in 2001, making it one of the oldest vegan shoe brands. My favourite detail is the stamp on the bottom of the shoes that says 'Genuinely Not Leather.'

These bright yellow heels will definitely make you stand out! They feature a 6cm mid block heel, breathable faux leather lining and are handmade in Spain. They're also PETA certified vegan. 

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BC Footwear Women's Individuality Platform, Cheetah, 7.5 M US

BC Footwear

Based in California

Features: 100% vegan company

BC Footwear sells a range of vegan leather heels on Amazon, including vegan platform heels, court shoes and more. They're PETA certified vegan.

These cheetah print platform sandals will add a touch of fun to any outfit. 

 

Bhava

Based in the US

Features: 100% vegan company

Bhava has a range of understated vegan heels in colors that will work with any outfit. Their non leather heels are ideal vegan work shoes for women since they come in classic black, blush and white. 

The Phoebe loafer is perfect for work. The removable cork insole ensures your comfort and the timeless design is made using an Italian vegan leather free of PVC, formaldehyde and chromium. They feature a solid wood heel and are made by artisans in Spain who've been crafting shoes for generations.

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Minuit sur Terre

Based in France

Features: 100% vegan company, uses sustainable materials

I love the beautiful designs of French vegan shoe brand Minuit sur Terre. I recently bought a pair of their vegan leather shoes, too. Check out their elegant range of vegan pumps and vegan heeled sandals. Minuit sur Terre uses some sustainable and recycled materials such as eco-friendly apple leather (for these sneakers).

The Belem Red Kiss heels are made with OEKO-Tex certified recycled material made in Italy and feature a comfortable and elegant 5cm heel. They're made in Portugal and also come in black and blush, but I love these red ones.

 

FAQ

What are vegan heels?

Vegan heels are heels that are made without the use of any animal products - from leather to wool or animal-based glues.

 

How are vegan heels made?

Vegan heels are made using the same techniques as non-vegan heels, just using vegan materials like vegan leather and vegan glue.

 

Where to buy vegan heels?

If you are lucky, you might live in a city that has a vegan shoe store, but those are pretty rare. You can try a department store, but employees don't often know what's vegan and although you may be able to tell if they're made of leather (see this site to find out more about materials behind the images on shoe labels), they don't usually label whether they contain animal-based glue.

 

Are vegan shoes more eco friendly than leather ones?

Usually, but it depends on what they're made out of. Leather is ranked by the Higgs Index as the second least sustainable material after alpaca wool (which also isn't vegan). As a by-product of the meat industry, it's responsible for greenhouse gas emissions and the destruction of the Amazon rainforests. Also, 90% of leather is treated with chromium during the tanning process (making it non-biodegradable), which has a detrimental effect on workers, some as young as 10.

However, you should choose vegan materials carefully, because PVC is terrible for the environment (though thankfully, it's not used very frequently anymore). PU leather is more eco-friendly, as are polyester and cork (according to the Higgs index). Some vegan shoe brands use recycled polyester.

There are also some newer innovative and sustainable materials, such as Piñatex, or pineapple leather, apple leather and mango leather. All are made with leftover waste from the food industry. Find out more here.

 

What is the difference between PU leather and PVC leather?

PVC, or 'pleather' as it is sometimes known, was common used as a vegan leather alternative decades ago. Now, it's becoming less and less popular, as it's known to be terrible for the environment. Greenpeace called it the most environmentally-damaging plastic

Polyurethane, or PU leather, also contains plastic, but is considered much better for the environment. It is rated as better for the environment than leather on the Higgs index. Find out more about it here. However, for optimum eco-friendliness you might want to look for alternatives like recycled poylester, cork, apple leather or mango leather (which is biodegradable).

 

Is it okay to keep shoes that are leather after becoming vegan especially since I purchased them well before becoming a vegan?

Yes! While there may be some disagreement in the vegan community about it, most would say yes, it's fine. I certainly would. It's wasteful to throw away clothes or shoes. As more and more awareness grows on the environmental impacts of fashion (particularly the fast fashion industry), more of us are becoming aware that the best place to shop for clothes is your own closet. I'd never recommend throwing away perfectly good shoes. If it bothers you (and some people find they can't bear the thought of putting on leather shoes after going vegan), then give them away to friends, family or a charity shop near you, or sell them on eBay or a secondhand clothing app like Depop or Vinted. But as long as it doesn't bother you, you can keep on wearing them until they fall apart - and then replace them with vegan shoes one day.

 

Are vegan shoes expensive? How can I find affordable vegan shoes?

It's a misconception that veganism is an expensive lifestyle. Now, there are certainly expensive vegan shoes, even luxury vegan shoes. And many vegan shoes do tend to be more expensive because a lot of vegan shoe companies prioritise paying workers fair wages and using eco-friendly materials, which can be more expensive.

However, it's certainly possible to find vegan shoes on a budget. For a start, you might be able to find 'accidentally' vegan shoes at a discount store near you, although it's not always easy to tell if they've used animal-based glues unless you know the brand. 

But my advice for those on a budget is to always shop secondhand! You can check out secondhand stores near you, but I have had a lot of luck searching for vegan shoes and bags on eBay and on secondhand apps like Vinted and Depop. As a bonus, secondhand is best for the environment, since you're reusing things that have already been made and diverting them from landfill.

 

Where can I find well made vegan shoes?

Durability is an important factor to look for when looking for shoes, especially since durable goods are better for the environment than constantly buying new things. It depends of course on how you use your shoes (shoes you use a lot for walking or sports won't tend to last as long as heels you only wear for special occasions), but the best thing is to look for shoes that are well manufactured. Vegan shoe companies like Bhava and Taylor + Thomas are made by artisans who utilise traditional shoe-making techniques.

To make your shoes last longer, be sure to rotate shoes and air them out between wearings. I also highly recommend finding a good cobbler/shoe repair shop near you, so you can have your shoes re-soled and repaired as needed, which will greatly prolong their life! For example, I have a pair of vegan boots that I use heavily every winter - the soles need near-annual replacing - but thanks to the cobblers, I've had them over five years.

 

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Looking for more vegan shoes? Whether you're looking for vegan sneakers, vegan boots, vegan sandals, vegan luxury shoes or vegan barefoot shoes, I've got a guide for you. Check out my guide to vegan boots here, vegan sandals here and vegan sneakers here.

If you're looking for vegan luxury shoes, find my guide here.

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

 

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