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Vegan Loafers: The 16 Best Pairs for Work & Play

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Looking for vegan loafers for work and casual wear? Loafers go equally well with office clothes or a pair of jeans at the weekend.

It’s not always easy finding shoes made of vegan materials. Walk into any shoe shop and you’ll likely be faced with a wall of leather shoes, or shoes made of mystery materials. As a lifelong vegetarian, I remember many times growing up when I tried to ask staff about whether shoes were made of non leather materials and they didn’t know!

While some brands have launched vegan ranges it’s not always clear in stores which shoes are and aren’t vegan (not to mention even if made of non leather materials, some shoe brands use animal-based glues), but thanks to the internet it’s easier than ever to find vegan shoes.

To help you out in your vegan shoe quest, I’ve put together this guide to the best vegan leather loafers.

The best vegan loafers:

Best overall women's loafers
Bohema chunky vegan grape leather loafers

These chunky vegan loafers are made of eco-friendly vegan grape leather. Women's sizes.

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Best overall men's loafers
Matt and Nat mens vegan loafers

These classic style vegan loafers will work with a suit or casual wear. Men's sizes.

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Best for work
Allkind vegan leather loafers

These classic look loafers have a decorative buckle. Women's sizes.

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Best slip on loafers
Veerah vegan apple leather loafers

These women's loafers come in black or cheetah print.

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Best heeled loafers
Bohema squared chunky grape leather vegan loafers

These square toe chunky loafers have a low heel and are made of eco vegan grape leather.

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Best vegan suede loafers
Allkind vegan suede slip on loafer

These slip on loafers come in women's sizing.

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Best colourful loafers
Matt and Nat green loafers

These loafers come in colourful green (or black). Women's sizes.

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Best penny loafer
Solari Milano vegan corn leather penny loafer

These men's loafers are made of sustainable vegan corn leather.

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Bhava Sunday soft loafers

These vegan loafers are made of luxury eco vegan suede with a mini wooden wedge heel.

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More vegan loafers:

Minuit Sur Terre vegan apple leather loafer

Sylth Virago vegan cotton velvet loafers

Bhava Phoebe loafer

Bhava Sunday Soft vegan suede loafer

Will’s Goodyear Welt loafers (mens)

Will’s men’s city loafers

Will’s womens slip-on loafers

bohema grape leather loafers

Bohema grape leather vegan loafers (womens)

These vegan shoes for women are the perfect combination of form, function (they’d work well for work or with a pair of jeans) and are eco-friendly.

If you’d prefer a heel, Bohema also have chunky heeled loafers made of vegan grape leather.

The upper of these vegan moccasins is made of vegan grape leather, an eco-friendly alternative fabric made from grape skins leftover from the wine industry which would otherwise have gone to waste.

The lining is made with vegan apple leather, another sustainable fabric made of waste material from the apple industry.

The sole is recycled rubber and has a height of 3cm (1.2 inches).

Bohema shoes are handmade in Poland.


Brown vegan leather mens slip on loafers from matt and nat

Matt and Nat vegan loafers (mens)

These classic style slip on mens vegan loafers come in black, brown or a less classic, but certainly eye-catching, bright green.

The only thing I wish were different about these Matt and Nat loafers is the material – they’re made of PU (polyurethane) vegan leather, which is more eco-friendly than PVC (which years ago was the vegan leather mostly used, but is terrible from an environmental point of view), but not as eco-friendly as other materials like vegan apple or grape leather.

The vegan mens loafers have a 1/2 inch outsole.


allkind vegan leather loafers

Allkind vegan leather loafers (womens sizes)

These vegan black loafers are made with a combination of recycled and non-recycled PU vegan leather and polyester.

Another classic look, they’re hand stitched with a silver buckle detail on top.

The black vegan loafers have a recycled and upcycled rubber sole.

Like all Allkind shoes, they’re handmade in Spain.


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Bohema squared chunky vegan loafers

These vegan chunky loafers are perfect if you’re looking for vegan loafers with a small 5cm/2-inch heel (if you’re looking for a bigger heel, check out these heeled loafers from Stella McCartney).

The Bohema non leather loafers are made from sustainable vegan grape leather, a leather alternative material made from grapeskins leftover from the wine industry.

The lining is made from a breathable microfibre.


allkind vegan suede loafers

 

Allkind vegan suede slip on loafers

These vegan loafers shoes from Allkind are made of soft vegan suede made from a combination of recycled and non-recycled polyester and vegan polyurethane (PU) leather.

The sole is made from 100% recycled / upcycled rubber and have a silver-tone snaffle buckle detail on top.

Like all Allkind shoes, these womens vegan loafers are handmade in Spain.


Vegan black leather loafers with tassel from Allkind

Allkind vegan tassel loafers

These classic look tassel loafers are ideal for both work and play. Made from a blend of recycled and non-recycled PU (polyurethane) vegan leather and polyester, they have hand-stitched detailing.

The sole is made from upcycled and recycled rubber.


Chunky vegan platform loafers from stella mccartney

 

Stella McCartney platform loafers

If you’re looking for designer chunky loafers, vegan friendly Stella McCartney makes these platform loafers.

As a lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney doesn’t use any leather in her range, and her full range of shoes is vegan (though be careful with clothing as some of the clothes contain wool or silk).

These vegan leather boots have a chunky platform, block heel and signature chain detailing from Stella McCartney’s iconic Falabella range (made famous by the beloved Falabella bags).

The loafers are made in Italy.


Vegan green leather loafers from Matt and Nat

Matt and Nat green loafers

Looking for an eye catching loafer? These green ones should do the trick!

They also come in tan, should you want something that will match your work wear more easily.

The tan is made of vegan suede, while the green are made of vegan polyurethane (PU) leather.

They have a 0.5-inch (1.25-cm) outsole.


Vegan leopard print loafers from Veerah

 

Veerah cheetah print vegan apple leather loafers

These loafers will certainly help you stand out! The cheetah print loafers are made of eco-friendly vegan apple leather, with an algae-based insole. They also come in black if you prefer something more traditional.

Apple leather is made from leftover waste from the apple industry which would otherwise have been binned.

Algae foam is also a more eco-friendly alternative, using algae blooms that can cause harm to the ecosystem (read more here).

The loafers have a 0.6-inch (15mm) heel and a slip-resistant rubber outsole.

They also have a removable decorative tassel so you can change up your look.


Vegan black corn leather loafers from Solari Milano

Solari Milano vegan corn leather loafers

These vegan penny loafers are made from vegan corn leather, a more sustainable vegan leather alternative made with corn. Like other bio-based vegan leathers, it’s part of a newer generation of vegan leathers which is more eco-friendly than leather and due to a percentage of bio-based materials more eco-friendly than PU vegan leather, though it still contains plastic.

These penny loafers are a classic look and will go well with anything in your wardrobe.

They feature a Blake-welted construction, meaning they’re water-resistant and can also be resoled. For environmental and budget reasons, I always recommend getting shoes that can be resoled if possible.

The lining is made of a breathable bamboo.

They’re handmade in Italy and have a rubber sole made with 40% recycled rubber.

Woman wearing black loafers and walking

FAQ

What does it mean when shoes are vegan?

Vegan shoes are simply shoes which don’t contain any animal products like leather, fur or wool.

Instead, they use alternatives like canvas, cork or vegan leathers such as polyurethane (PU) vegan leather, grape leather or apple leather.

They also use alternatives to animal-based glues. (While some brands now use animal-free glue, that’s not always the case, so if you find a shoe that looks like it’s free from leather, I still suggest contacting the brand to see what kind of glue they use.)

What shoes are vegan friendly?

As mentioned above, shoes made from cork, canvas or vegan leather are vegan-friendly, but you’ll also need to check if the glue used is vegan.

There are plenty of vegan shoe brands these days, and I put together this article to help you easily find vegan shoe brands online.

As well as this guide, I have guides to vegan boots, sneakers and more.

Man wearing grey loafers and graduation gown

Are vegan shoes eco-friendly?

Vegan materials are generally more sustainable than leather, because of the water and land required to raise animals for the leather industry.

PU (polyurethane) vegan leather is more eco-friendly than animal leather, in spite of containing plastic, according to the Higg index.

I’ve heard people say before that leather is biodegradable (and some believe it to be more eco-friendly because of this misconception) but it’s not true since the vast majority of leather is tanned using chromium.

Not only is chromium an eco disaster, but it can cause respiratory problems and increase cancer risk among workers in the tanning industry, some of whom are as young as ten years old.

As you can see, animal-based leather isn’t just bad for the environment, but for workers too (and obviously for the animals).

Man crouching down, wearing suit and loafers

Where to buy vegan loafers?

Unfortunately, you’re not (yet) able to walk into your local shoe shop and find shelves of vegan shoes. If you’re lucky, they may have some vegan options, but staff may not know which shoes are vegan.

As a lifelong vegetarian, I’ve been avoiding leather for many years. I remember as a child going shoe shopping with my father, who’d try scratching and sniffing shoes to work out if they were made of leather or vegan leather (since staff never seemed to know).

Luckily, these days it’s much easier for find vegan shoes online (even if they’re not yet readily for sale in local shoe shops).

It’s still usually easiest to buy online, and as well as brands like Will’s with big ranges of vegan shoes, there are dedicated sites like Immaculate Vegan and Alltrueist selling a selection of different vegan shoe brands.

What are some shoe brands that are vegan?

There are some vegan friendly shoe brands such as Dr Martens, which have a range of shoes made with vegan leather, but there are also plenty of 100% vegan shoe brands, such as Will’s, Veerah and Bhava.

Are vegan shoes comfortable?

Just like non-vegan brands, it varies — by feet! Some shoe styles I find comfortable friends find extremely uncomfortable, and vice versa.

Bhava is a vegan shoe brand that many people rave about as comfortable. If you read the reviews of their boots, many customers say they’re the most comfortable boots they own.

You can also add insoles for extra comfort and padding.

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Are vegan shoes sweaty?

There’s a misconception that vegan shoes are sweaty, likely based on the fact that the material of choice for non-leather shoes for decades, PVC, was very sweaty. However, newer vegan materials aren’t so sweaty. And I advise against buying PVC due to how eco-unfriendly it is. Thankfully, it’s not used much any more, due to how bad it is from an environmental standpoint.

You may be surprised to learn that experts say vegan shoes (using newer synthetic materials) are actually more breathable than leather shoes.

Experts also recommend rotating your shoes and airing them out when not in use to make them smell less. (This is also good for prolonging their life).

Are vegan shoes durable? How can I prolong the life of my shoes or select shoes that will last a long time?

Vegan shoes can be durable, but I find it varies just as much as non-vegan shoes. Some are durable, while some aren’t, and it also varies based on how much you walk.

As mentioned above, rotating your shoes can help prolong their life.

I also recommend selecting shoes with Goodyear or other welted soles such as these loafers, because being able to replace the soles greatly extends the life of shoes.

Finding a good cobbler/shoe repair service near where you live makes a big difference. I have a pair of vegan boots that I’ve re-soled/re-heeled multiple times and which have outlasted any other boots I own just due to being able to repair them.

Shot of person leaning against wall (legs in loafers shown)

How to choose vegan loafers?

Apart from price, consider what style of loafers you want: do you want slip-on loafers or loafers with a back?

Would you prefer a classic look, loafers with a tassel, or an eye-catching colour such as green or cheetah print?

What material do you want? There are vegan loafers made of vegan suede, grape leather, apple leather and corn leather.

Also consider durability and how easy it is to replace parts: for example, these loafers have a welted outsole that can be replaced, meaning you can keep replacing the soles and use them for longer – a win for the environment and your wallet! (Though they do cost more upfront.)

How to match loafers to my outfit?

Loafers are a classic look that go equally well with business gear or jeans. If you go for a classic colour such as black, brown or tan, you can pair your loafers with just about everything.

However, you may prefer a more eye-catching look like these green loafers, or these cheetah print loafers. You can pay them with neutral-toned trousers such as black trousers or jeans.

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Looking for more vegan shoes? Find my guide to vegan shoe brands, vegan mens shoes, vegan womens shoes, vegan Chelsea boots, vegan combat boots, vegan cowboy boots, vegan ankle boots and vegan knee high boots.

I also have guides to vegan clogs, vegan sandals and vegan slippers.

If you’re looking for shoes for work, I also have guides to vegan dress shoes, vegan heels and vegan designer shoes.

Find all my vegan fashion guides here.

 

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