Animal lovers rejoice. You said you wanted more products free from animal cruelty and brands have answered. Of course vegan shoes aren’t a new thing, but these ones are fairly new, and they’re lovely, too. As a bonus, they’re all ethically made and with the environment in mind. Tick, tick, tick.
Note: Not all of these brands are Australian, but they all ship to Australia! I’ve noted where they’re available under each brand.
Melbourne’s Kuwaii is super committed to sustainability so it only makes sense that it produces some beautiful vegan footwear. The leather-looking shoes come in boots, lace ups and sandals. Check out the dedicated animal-free footwear range here.
This Melbourne-based footwear label manufactures its shoes in-house as well as producing shoes for other local and international labels. Post Sole Studio offers its full range of shoes and sandals in a vegan alternative using a non-woven vegan fabric that perfectly imitates the properties of natural leather. If you find a shoe you love but want it in a different colour, you can get it custom made! Prices range between $349-$499.
Looking for the ultimate casual shoe to carry you between your daily events in comfort and style? Don’t go past Radical Yes – the Australian shoe designer making fabulous flats that bridge the gap between sneakers and slippers. There’s heaps of vegan options on here – just pop ‘vegan’ in the search bar to see the range.
Also manufactured in Melbourne, Nelson Made makes a sweet little range of vegan footwear. While the designs are simple, the fabrics are often bold, making the shoes a funky addition to any outfit. Prices range between $159-$199.
Zette Shoes is the in-house brand by Aussie shoe retailer Vegan Style. Zette Shoes are made fairly in Europe (Spain, Italy & Portugal) from luxurious, cruelty-free materials. Each shoe style is named after a rescue cat they’ve fostered at Vegan Style HQ. The brand launched in 2014 with a women’s collection and has since grown to include classic dress shoes and also boots for men.
OMG Twoobs! Aren’t these the best and funnest shoes ever? The comfy and cute go-anywhere sandals come in a perfect pouch and are totally animal-free and friendly. Twoobs ship worldwide and offer free shipping on orders over $120.
This Brazilian-based ethical shoemaker has a huge range of vegan sneakers made from upcycled and plant-based materials. A standard pair of its vegan sneakers involves ‘B-mesh’ made from recycled plastic bottles, vegan suede panels, logo V made of rubber, lining in jersey of recycled polyester and the sole made out of EVA and wild rubber from the Amazonian forest. If you’re in Australia – you can buy Veja shoes from online retailer The Iconic or Well Made Clothes.
EKN’s shoes are hand made by experienced Portugese craftsmen, using natural materials from high quality suppliers. The German shoemaker promotes walking clean in a dirty world, which it does through its quality footwear including its vegan options for men and women. Boasting all organic materials, EKN says there are zero harmful chemicals used in its manufacturing process. All of its footwear is produced in limited quantities to ensure minimal environmental impact and maximum attention to detail. You can grab these online through Well Made Clothes.