Would you ever skin a living being, wrap his or her skin around your foot, tie it together, and prance around in the slippers you created? Unless you’re a psychopath, you’re most likely thinking, “Hmm, probably not.” Well, that’s exactly what you’re paying for when you buy shoes that are made from animals.

Cows, pigs, kangaroos, dogs, and other animals slaughtered to make materials used in shoes (such as leather and suede) experience unimaginable suffering—and you never know what animals were used, since leather is often mislabeled before being shipped to the U.S.

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One PETA investigation in India revealed that cows used for leather collapsed from exhaustion and humans broke their tails and rubbed chili pepper in their eyes in order to get them to continue walking to the slaughterhouse.

In the U.S., most animals used for leather live in super-cramped conditions. And they’re dehorned and castrated, and their tails are cut off—all without any painkillers. Sometimes, their throats are cut, they’re skinned, and their limbs are cut off while they’re still fully conscious.?

Luckily, there are tons of trendy shoes out there that are already vegan. Here are 10 that you probably already have your eye on:

1. Vans Classic Slip-On

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Vans carries a number of vegan shoe styles. The Canvas Classic Slip-On is an ideal one, since it can be dressed up with dresses and tailored pants or down with shorts. Plus, no one’s complaining that there’s no lace-up process involved.

2. Vans Authentic Lo Pro

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Canvas shoes have made a huge comeback over the last couple of years, and people of all ages are sporting them. Cool and comfortable, Vans’ Authentic Lo Pros are a staple, and if they’re not already a part of your shoe collection, I highly recommend ordering a pair.

3. Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star High Tops

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since the dawn of time, you’re familiar with this classic shoe. But you might not have known that it’s totally skins-free—because the legacy of Chuck doesn’t need any cruelty in it.

4. Converse Jack Purcell Classic Low Top

This ultra-clean–looking shoe is another of Converse’s best non-leather styles. Made from canvas and rubber, Jack Purcells are entirely skins-free. Converse partnered with Nike on these ones, so they’re also extra comfy. Speaking of Nike …

5. Nike Flex

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

6. Nike Free

With a 96 percent approval rating from customers, the Nike Free is an ideal workout shoe. It has a layer of foam in the sole to make 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.

7. Airwalk Faux-Wool Boots

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This brand makes cruelty-free versions of UGG boots and moccasins! If you don’t already own a pair, check out Payless Shoesource or Amazon to get one, because “winter is coming.” (I just made myself cringe.)

8. TOMS Chambray Men’s Classics

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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.

9. TOMS Natural Metallic Linen Women’s Desert Wedge Booties

These wedges, made from linen and cork, are lightweight, so they’re perfect for work or going out. Plus, for every pair of shoes you purchase from TOMS, the company will donate a pair to someone in need. My heart feels warm.

10. SUPERGA Cotu Classic Sneaker


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Join the mass of basic b*tches in these trendy white canvas sneakers. Yes, uniqueness is nice and all, but these shoes are undeniably in and go with literally any outfit.

Now that you know about a handful (of the hundreds!) of vegan shoe possibilities, there’s absolutely no excuse for you to buy ones made from animals—you’re no psychopath, remember?

Here’s a little guide for figuring out which shoes are vegan and which aren’t:

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