12 Shoes on Your Wish List That You Didn’t Know Are Vegan

Vegan shoes are stylish and comfortable, and they don’t sentence animals to a miserable existence. Plus, the environmental footprint (pun intended) of vegan materials is far smaller than that of animal-derived materials, meaning vegan shoes are much more eco-friendly than leather ones! ❤️

What makes shoes vegan? They don’t contain any animal-derived materials—such as leathersuede, or wool. Tip: Look inside the shoe toward the heel or under the tongue to find this information. 👞

Here are 12 popular shoes that may already be on your wish list and are vegan:


Not only are Crocs completely vegan, they also have an especially light environmental footprint! The company has committed to becoming net zero by 2030. As part of this effort, it went 100% vegan in 2021. Crocs have made a major comeback in the last few years and are super-trendy right now—the company has been doing collabs with everyone from Minecraft and Hello Kitty to some of our fave bands and other artists.

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens are a vegan combat boot staple! The company has entire vegan lines and has released even more vegan designs recently, from boots to sandals. Shop Dr. Martens’ extensive vegan offerings.


Birkenstock has made vegan versions of many classic designs, which are just as comfortable and durable as its other shoes. Shop its vegan footwear.


adidas has vegan alternatives for every occasion, from sneakers to slides. And its designs come in a huge variety of colors!

Vans Classic Slip-On


Vans carries a number of vegan shoe styles. The canvas Classic Slip-On is an ideal one, since it can be worn with so many different types of outfits. Plus, no one’s complaining that there’s no lace-up process involved. Ask Vans to make all its shoes vegan!

Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star High Tops

Whether high tops or low topsConverse Chuck Taylor All Stars are about as classic as shoes get. But you might not have known that they’re totally skins-free—because the legacy of Chucks is compassionate.

Nike Flex

The Nike Flex is just one of Nike’s vegan shoe styles. It’s super-lightweight and constructed partially of mesh, which makes it a breathable running shoe.

Nike Free

The Nike Free is an ideal workout shoe. The layer of foam in the sole makes it extra cushy—so even if you’re not into working out, your feet will feel nice while walking from the kitchen to the couch. Check out Nike’s website for tons of other vegan shoe styles.

Airwalk Faux-Wool Boots

This brand makes animal-free versions of UGG boots! If you don’t already own a pair, get one from Payless or Amazon.

TOMS Chambray Men’s Classics

TOMS offers a handful of stylish vegan shoes and even has a “vegan” tab on its website for easy searching. These canvas shoes have a faux-leather trim, which gives them a classy look. No one at your company happy hour will know you’re basically wearing slippers.

Superga Cotu Classic Sneaker

Join the masses in these trendy white canvas sneakers. Yes, uniqueness is nice and all, but these shoes are undeniably in and go with literally any outfit.

Merrell Men’s Nova 2 GORE-TEX

Merrell offers a few vegan footwear options, including these outdoorsy shoes. You’ll be ready to go hiking at a moment’s notice in them.


So there you have it: It’s easy to walk through life without supporting death, by purchasing only vegan shoes, which are widely available. Here’s a helpful guide for figuring out which shoes are vegan and which aren’t:

Guide to symbols found on shoes to show if something is made with leather from an animal or vegan fabric, such as fabric.

Happy shopping!

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