15 Ethical And Vegan Shoe Brands For Autumn
It’s that time of year again. We’ve rounded up our favourite ethical and vegan shoe brands for autumn that are suitable for both men and women.
Put the pumps and flip flops away and embrace the laces, socks and support of a new pair of boots.
From fair trade factories to organic materials and social enterprises, each of these sustainable footwear brands is helping to change the world.
Walk the talk in one of these ethical and/or vegan pairs of shoes.
Let us know which one you like the look of most in the comments at the bottom of the feature!
Quick Links to pebble's fave vegan and ethical shoe brands
- Fortress of Inca
- Handmade Barcelona
- Beyond Skin
- Funky Kalakar
- Green Shoes
- Juta Shoes
BANGS was inspired by its founder's travels in Asia.
An Asian family-owned factory creates these vegan friendly, unisex shoes for fair wages.
20% of profits also provide recyclable loans for entrepreneurs worldwide. They’ve given out 700 so far.
Everyone needs everyday trainers and TOMS does more than just slip on espadrilles. Its boots and shoes are super comfortable in whatever style you want.
These birch canvas guys are part of the TRVL LITE collection with the lightest sole the brand has ever made.
3. Fortress of Inca
Mules, flats and boots are the name of the game from Peruvian based Fortress of Inca.
Its stylish delights are perfect for stepping it up at work but not stepping all over the planet. These are ethical leather shoes with heart.
Each pair is handmade in Peru by fairly paid artisans in sustainable workshops. They combine the heritage of their textiles with a modern shoe silhouette.
Baabuk is a great example of just how versatile wool can be. Its trainers for men and women are made out of 100% felted wool.
They’re naturally breathable and antibacterial and the felted wool is also water-repellent.
Inspired by the felted boots Russians wore in Siberia, this Swiss brand founded its own ethical workshop in Nepal.
It also has a factory in Portugal, where it uses wool from happy sheep who graze nearby.
5. Handmade Barcelona
Handmade Barcelona's's ethically sourced leather shoes are made in Colombia. There the brand has set up 12 fair trade workshops that train shoemakers to become entrepreneurs and run their own community workshops.
The leather is leftover from the food industry, tanned ecologically and is eco-certified.
The boots and Oxford shoes for men and women are gorgeous. Comfy, super stylish and reasonably priced.
High quality organic materials like cotton and rubber are sourced sustainably. They're then turned into endless styles with the iconic brand V on the side of each shoe.
Not every collection is vegan but there are enough vegan leather trainers to keep non-leather lovers happy.
7. Beyond Skin
Looking for vegan shoes that don’t shout vegan?
PETA approved Beyond Skin hand makes all its styles from heels to trainers in Spain using eco-friendly materials.
From camel coloured ankle boots to knee-high black faux suede numbers (made from 100% recycled PET plastics) and pewter brogues, Beyond Skin operates like a regular footwear brand, - only there’s no leather or PVC.
There are hundreds of styles of flats, casual shoes and vegan heels to choose from. Enough to keep even the most dedicated shoe shopper happy.
8. Funky Kalakar
Indian inspired ethical shoe and accessories brand Funky Kalakar is vegan friendly.
It uses an ancient Indian vegetable dying technique to colour and pattern the cotton. Recycled tyres are used for the soles.
9. Green Shoes
Green Shoes is a sustainable footwear brand based in Devon.
The team make each pair in the workshop using ethically sourced leather and quality materials. They can make each style as a vegan shoe too.
Pick from ready to wear hearty work boots that will last years or T bar sandals, mocassins and pumps. We love the look of the relaxed Tavistock boot. Or go bespoke!
Even the skate shoe has had an ethical makeover.
These ones from German brand Langbrett are made from chrome free leather, lined with organic cotton fleece and made with recycled cork soles.
Langbrett goes above and beyond in sourcing materials.
It keeps its own sheep flock to make wool and its profits go back into developing its skating community in Germany.
Stylish shoes and boots for guys and girls come off its production line, where healthcare, higher than fair trade wages and a healthy working environment is a standard for its workers.
It even built its own factory to showcase how others can raise the bar. Nisolo uses traditional Peruvian shoemaking skills to turn out simply gorgeous and quality shoes.
It does use leather but the leather comes from ethical tanneries that have eco-friendly waste disposal systems.
Outside the US? Here's another way to buy Nisolo online.
Feel the force (sorry we had to) of the new Star Wars collection of shoes at Po-Zu, the acclaimed ethical and vegan footwear brand.
While you can get regular trainers (we love the metallics and the ones made of cork), the BB-8 high-tops are pretty hard to ignore. They feature organic cotton, a cork lining and a natural rubber sole.
All of Po-Zu's animal-friendly shoes are made by hand in Portugal or Sri Lanka at eco-friendly factories. See here about how it makes its sustainable sneaker line.
No toxic dyes are used, nearly all waste is recycled and shoes are shipped by sea rather than air.
13. Juta Shoes
Novesta has been making rubber-soled shoes for nearly 100 years in Slovakia.
Not much has changed in the process. It sources sustainably grown natural rubber and cotton and each pair is hand-finished.
Oliberté is the proud owner of the first Fairtrade footwear factory in the world.
This sustainable footwear brand supports workers rights in sub-Saharan Africa, with a factory in Ethiopia that goes above and beyond for its employees.
But just as importantly, it also makes amazing ethically produced shoes.
Everything from Oxfords to chukkas, sneakers to wedges are produced here from local leathers.
It’s a perfect brand to bring out the inner adventurer in you, we love the rustic charm that seems to exude from each pair.
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