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Vegan Sandals: Cute & Comfortable Brands to Satisfy You This Summer

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Summer is nearly here, so are you looking for vegan sandals to get you through the upcoming heat waves? Whether you’re looking for vegan flip flops to lounge pool-side or on-trend vegan huarache sandals to pair with your summer dresses, read on to find the best vegan sandals to sport this summer.

Some of the top brands for vegan sandals I’ll be reviewing include:

 

BC Footwear

Special features: 100% vegan company, PETA certified vegan

Based in the US

My top pick: BC Footwear Smell The Roses Heeled Sandals

BC Footwear is an all-vegan shoe company you can find on Amazon. They’ve got a wide range of vegan sandal styles, from wedges to slip ons to these vegan heeled sandals in raffia, and their signature BC Footwear united vegan sandal.

 

Matt and Nat sandals

Special features: 100% vegan company

Based in Canada

My top pick: Lunna slip on sandals

Matt & Nat is a vegan company that started out selling non leather bags, and now makes non leather sandals too. They have heeled and flat sandals in traditional colors. These slide sandals are my pick. They’re simple, easy to take on and off poolside or on the beach, and the light blue shade reminds me of blue skies, sunshine and the sea during the summer.

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Mireia Playa

Special features: 100% vegan company, PETA approved

Based in Spain

My top pick: Jen recycled polyester vegan suede platform sandals

Mireia Playa shoes are designed in Barcelona (where I'm based!) and made in a traditional shoe-making town in Alicante, Spain, where they say they work closely with factories to ensure fair conditions for workers. They have heeled sandals, mules, strappy sandals and my pick, these vegan platform sandals. They'll look great with a summer dress or jeans.

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Ahimsa

Special features: 100% vegan company, made in all-vegan shoe factory

Based in Brazil

My top pick: Dalia flat sandals

Ahimsa was one of the first companies to build a vegan shoe factory where they make their shoes. Their sandals mostly come in classic styles and colors. You can see their full sandal range here.

My pick is the Dalia flat sandals, in brown and sunshine yellow.

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Nae

Special features: 100% vegan company, uses recycled materials

Based in Portugal

My top pick: Sara vegan wedge sandals or Doria vegan gladiator sandals

Nae is a vegan shoe brand based in Portugal; their brand name stands for No Animal Exploitation. My top pick are these vegan cork sandals with a wedge. If you're looking for a heeled sandal, they're perfect for adding some height to your outfits this summer. If you prefer flats, my pick is the Doria gladiator sandals, which look comfortable and stylish.

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Good Guys Don't Wear Leather

Special features: 100% vegan company

Based in France

My top pick: Da Vinci vegan clog sandals

The first vegan shoe company in France, Good Guys Don't Wear Leather makes vegan slip on sandals in a variety of colors and designs. These vegan clogs are my pick.

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Minuit Sur Terre

Special features: 100% vegan company

Based in France

My top pick: Algarve flat sandals

I love Minuit Sur Terre's beautiful vegan shoes, and after admiring them online for several years I finally ordered some for myself for this summer. These vegan strappy sandals are my pick - they're the sandals I bought for myself for this summer (though mine are in light brown and gold, which appears to be no longer available as a color choice. 

 

Nomadic State of Mind

Special features: vegan friendly

Based in the US

My top pick: JC Sandal Camel

Their vegan rope sandals are made using partly recycled polypropylene. They are handmade in a community in Nicaragua that the company works with closely. Comfy soles are made by Vibram and they aim to cut out excess packaging.

 

Beyond Skin

Special features: 100% vegan, sweatshop-free

Based in the UK

My top pick: Venus bow clog

Beyond Skin is a luxury, sweatshop-free vegan shoe company that makes all their shoes in Spain. Their shoes, in my experience, are pretty durable. These vegan closed toe sandals are my top pick. They're perfect for dressing up any outfit for going out or parties.

 

Bhava

Special features: 100% vegan

Based in the US

My top pick: Donna wood clog

This vegan shoe company makes ethically conscious shoes, including a variety of sandal styles, from strappy heeled sandals to slides. My top pick of their vegan leather sandals is the Donna wood clog, with a comfortable cork insole. Their neutral colour will work with any outfit, while the metallic finish will make you stand out.

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Call it Spring

Special features: 100% vegan company

Based in Canada

Call it Spring makes affordable vegan shoes, including a wide range of sandals. Shop all their styles here.

 

Novacas

Special features: 100% vegan company

Based in the US

Novacas is an all-vegan shoe company, and they have slides, clogs and more. Find all their ethical sandals here.

 

Vegetarian Shoes

Special features: 100% vegan company

Based in the UK

Vegetarian Shoes is one the oldest vegan shoe companies running today, having been making vegan shoes since 1990. They have a range of classic sandals, including these vegan footbed sandals.

Birkenstock vegan sandals

Special features: has vegan options

Based in the US

If you're looking for non leather Birkenstocks, you'll be pleased to know that the company now makes vegan leather Birkenstocks. Choose from the men's Birkenstock vegan Arizona or the women's Birkenstock vegan Mayari. You can see all the vegan Birkenstocks here. If you need comfy sandals you can walk in, these are your friend.

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Dr Martens vegan sandals

Special features: has vegan options

Based in the UK

From on-trend vegan fisherman sandals to more classic vegan black sandals like the vegan Gryphon sandals, there are plenty of vegan Dr Martens styles these days. Find all the vegan Doc Marten sandals here.

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Vegan Chacos

Special features: has vegan options

If you're looking for vegan hiking sandals, check out these Chacos Odyssey vegan sandals. Beyond vegan walking sandals, Chacos also makes sandals for relaxing, like these Chacos Chillos slides.

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Teva vegan sandals

Special features: has vegan options

Looking for comfortable vegan sandals? Teva has some vegan sandals now, like these Original Universal sandals, which are made with recycled polyester straps (each pair of sandals saves 4 plastic bottles from landfill).

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Waves Flip Flops

Special features: made from fair trade FSC certified rubber

Based in the UK

Waves make their vegan flip flops from sustainable rubber, rather than recycled plastic, because rubber breaks down naturally in the environment, making these the eco-friendly flip-flop option. See all flip flops here.

 

Will's Vegan Shoes

Special features: 100% vegan company, plastic free packaging

Based in the UK

My top pick: Vegan huarache sandals

Will's is an all-vegan shoe company, which makes both men's and women's vegan sandals. 

 

Xero minimalist shoes

Special features: has vegan options

Based in the US

If you're looking for vegan barefoot sandals, Xero are the shoes for you. Almost all their shoes are vegan, except for the Alston and Coalton, which are leather, and the Mika and Pacifica, which contain wool. Otherwise, shoes are vegan. see their full collection here.

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FAQ

What are vegan sandals?

Simply put, vegan sandals are simply sandals made without leather, animal-based glue or any other animal products. Instead, vegan sandals are made with alternatives like rope, jute, canvas and vegan leather.

 

Are vegan shoes more eco friendly than leather shoes?

Although there's a misconception amongst some that vegan shoes aren't eco-friendly (common refrains are that they're made of 'plastic' or 'not natural') nothing could be further than the truth. First, vegan shoes can be made of non-plastic materials, like cotton or rope. Secondly, although commonly used vegan leather alternative PU leather does contain plastic, it is still rated as more eco-friendly than leather on the Higgs index

Leather isn't eco-friendly because it is responsible for the same environmentally destructive effects as the meat industry, including the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest and the production of greenhouse gases. Additionally, 90% of leather isn't biodegradable because of the tanning process it undergoes, which uses chromium, a highly dangerous material for workers. According to Common Objective, it is linked to increased cancer risk and irritated airways and workers in the industry are as young as 10 years old.

Do be sure to avoid shoes made of PVC, which is very bad for the environment. You can choose canvas or rope or one fo the more sustainable and innovative new vegan leathers, like mango leather or pineapple leather, which are made from leftover waste from the food industry that would have otherwise gone to landfill.

 

How durable are vegan sandals?

Durability varies a lot, just like with non-vegan sandals. I've had vegan sandals that lasted me years, and others that upset me when they started falling apart after only a season. Look for durable and well-crafted shoes (which may be more expensive).

 

Are vegan sandals expensive?

Prices vary greatly - you can pick up vegan flip flops for very little, or luxury vegan sandals for hundreds. It all depends what you are looking for, but there are price points for all.

 

Do vegan shoes make your feet sweaty?

There's a misconception that vegan shoes aren't breathable, a particular concern in the summer. This belief likely dates back several decades to when most vegan shoes were made of PVC, a plastic-based material that is very sweaty - and also isn't eco-friendly. Thankfully, very few shoes are made of PVC these days (and I recommend avoiding those that are).

In fact, this footwear site says that synthetic materials used today are lighter weight and more breathable than leather. 

There are also a range of vegan shoe materials, including rope and canvas, that you may find less sweaty, and different styles too.

 

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Don't forget your sunscreen this summer! I've got a guide to vegan & reef friendly sunscreens, which you can find here.

Want to get your feet ready for winter? Check out my guide to vegan boot styles here and my guide to vegan Chelsea boots here.

Active and need sporty & comfortable shoes for your exercises? See my vegan sneaker guide here.

Searching for fancier shoes? Check out my guide to vegan heels here.

Find all my vegan Beauty & Fashion guides here.

 

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