Step Into School Dance Season With These Vegan Shoes

Are you putting the finishing touches on your fit for prom, homecoming, or any other school dance? There’s one super-important thing you shouldn’t overlook: shoes! The right pair of shoes can bring your dance aesthetic from great to groundbreaking, and as a socially conscious teen, you know this doesn’t have to come at animals’ expense. A ton of companies offer ravishing vegan shoes, so we made this list to help you get started:


Stand out from the crowd in mid-block heel sandals from ASOS. The unique heel design, pin-buckle fastening, and glowing gold color give these Herin sandals major glam. They are made of metallic faux leather and other animal-friendly materials and are a great choice if you’re on a tight budget.


NOAH makes fantastic “PETA-Approved Vegan” organic shoes, like these Umberto moccasins. The shock-absorbing outer sole and light cotton-linen fabric make them extra comfy. Plus, with each order sold, NOAH plants a tree to help the environment even more.

Taylor + Thomas

These Talitha flats by Taylor + Thomas are every bit as elegant as their namesake, Dutch actress Talitha Getty. They have a recyclable rubber outsole and a collapsible heel cup (super-helpful if you get sore heels).

Image from Taylor + Thomas website of Talitha Ivory flats.


PETA Business Friend VEERAH is a vegan, woman-owned company that strives for sustainability and style. These Mulan stilettos are a perfect example of that mission. They’re named after the legendary ancient Chinese woman warrior and decorated with exquisite plum orchid artwork and clippable plum tassels for the back loop.


Rungg’s Reflections collection offers everything you’d want for a special night out. These shoes have tassels, mirrors, and glitzy beads to put some extravagant pep in your step. Plus, they’re entirely handmade.


NAE (No Animal Exploitation) is a Portuguese footwear company dedicated to producing beautiful animal-friendly shoes. This “PETA-Approved Vegan” brand takes eco-innovation to the next level—its Margot Bordeaux heels are made of pineapple leaf fibers! 🤯 The heels have adjustable ankle straps to keep your feet secure and breathable lining to avoid sweat—perfect for a night of dancing.

Image from NAE website of Margot Bordeaux sandalsNAE

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens is offering a “PETA-Approved Vegan” edition of its subcultural classic Adrian Felix loafers. The Adrian, which has been a customer favorite for over 40 years, now comes in Felix Rub Off, a synthetic leather. It also has one of Docs’ most flexible soles for stability and support.


Struggling to find fashionable shoes that won’t hurt your (vegan) wallet? Target is stocked with a bunch of animal-friendly footwear. These Sonora heeled sandals by A New Day are slip-on style for easy removal and close with a buckle to secure your feet. They’re a great match for all kinds of shirts, pants, and dresses.

Looking for a sharp closed-toe option instead? Target has your back again! With a cushioned footbed and sleek stitching detail, these Leo Oxford Dress Shoes by Goodfellow & Co are made for looking great and staying active without cramping. If you want to dance for hours in cool, comfy shoes, they’re right on target.

Brave GentleMan

In 2010, Joshua Katcher founded Brave GentleMan, the world’s first vegan lifestyle menswear brand. He’s designed a bunch of stunning shoes, like this Weekend Split Sneaker featuring two color schemes. They’re made of future-leather, a vegan material that’s sturdier and more sustainable than leather made of animal skin.

Matt & Nat

Do you love heels but want full-foot protection? Try these DEA mid-heel boots by Matt & Nat. The classic block heel is a great choice if you find thinner heels to be too flimsy, and the faux-suede material keeps your feet cushioned while looking clean and classy.

Cult of Coquette

Cult of Coquette provides a saucy twist on the classic pump with its Gloria Black Vegan Suede Pumps. You’ll be sure to turn heads with the 4.5-inch covered heel, pointed toe, and high arch. These prove that animal exploitation isn’t needed for drop-dead gorgeous heels.

Will’s Vegan Store

Since 2013, Will’s has been devoted to offering dapper and affordable vegan shoes, and it recently improved its selection with biodegradable and organic options. To help make a positive impact on the world, the company made these Signature Derbys certified vegan and carbon-neutral.


These Dani lace-up heels with gold aglets are super-cute and super-affordable. 😍 The cushioned insole and strong heel cup are designed to keep your feet from aching as you enjoy the night. Lulus also has an entire section on its website for prom shoes, and many of them are made of faux leather. Just make sure the shoes you pick are completely vegan, as some of this company’s aren’t.

Image from Lulus website of nude heels


Zara has a huge selection of animal-friendly shoes, like these purple polyester heels. They have a 3.9-inch height and a spunky tied closure. They’re also currently on sale, knocking the already-low price even lower. Pick them up while the sale is still active!


Now that you’re covered when it comes to fancy footwear, check out 12 Shoes on Your Wish List That You Didn’t Know Are Vegan to find shoes for other occasions. You’ll be happily surprised that so many popular shoes, from Crocs to Birkenstocks, are totally animal-friendly.

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