Did you know that the first pair of clogs ever worn were plant-based and vegan? In all likelihood, they were carved out of wood, so there you go! It’s hard to find ancient wooden clogs in archeological digs because old wooden shoes would have likely been used as firewood or simply decomposed over time. But an ancient pair was discovered in the Netherlands. They’re the oldest pair of wooden shoes ever found, dating back to the 13th century.
Today, you have to search a bit to find vegan clogs and slip-on shoes simply because so many styles are made with leather or suede. So, to make your search a little easier, here are some of the best options for vegan clogs and slip-on shoes that I found.
While most Birkenstocks are made with leather, in recent years they’ve stepped things up by offering a few vegan options. These Birkenstock clogs are made with polyurethane and they’re actually dishwasher safe (once you remove the insole.) They’ve got anti-slip soles and the heel measure 1.5”. The platform is a quarter of an inch. These are great working clogs or comfy for bumming around the house or garden. And if you need extra cushioning, I’m a big fan of Sof Sole insoles.
Birkenstock also makes vegan versions of their popular slide sandals. I know the world is changing when I find shoes that were traditionally always made with leather suddenly come out with their vegan line. And like the iconic punk brand Dr. Martens did with their line of vegan combat boots for men and women, so the iconic hippie brand did with their sandals – yes, can now own a pair of vegan Birkenstocks.
Bio World is an all vegan brand that makes these cute Birkenstock-esque slide sandals in workshop in Toledo, Spain. They also make some really cute vegan boots and other styles of shoes.
The platform measures 1.75”.
Here’s another Birkenstock-inspired slip-on sandal that will have people asking you where you got your cool shoes. Mohop is another all-vegan brand that makes unique shoes and accessories with iridescent vegan leather. I featured their wallets in my vegan wallets guide.
These slip-on sandals are made in the USA.
It can be a little hard to find this style of clog in vegan-friendly materials, but Sanita is a brand that comes through. With a variety of fun colors, textures, and patterns, you’ll be sure to find a pair of Sanitas in a style that suits your personality.
In addition to their cute slip-on sandals featured above, Bio World makes a few styles of comfortable vegan clogs. These clogs come in classic black or brown as well as bright purple and green.
Rialto makes a variety of faux leather clogs and slip-on shoes that are easy on your budget.
I was wondering if I’d actually find cork clogs when I was doing my research and was delighted when I did! Designed by MB Clogs, these cork clogs have classic styling, down to the wooden soles, but they’re 100% vegan. If you’re interested in other products made with eco-friendly cork, check out my post on vegan handbags, belts, and yoga mats.
Another classic design from MB Clogs, this style is made with vegan fax leather.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Crocs have redefined the footwear industry. I was definitely not a fan of Crocs until I saw my teenage nephew wearing a bright green pair similar the yellow ones pictured above. Feeling like a kid putting on her dad’s shoes, I decided to give them a try. I gave them a whirl around the living room. And, I thought, ‘Ok, these are kinda fun to wear…’ And better yet, they’re vegan.
When I was recovering from surgery to repair cartilage in my hip joint (resulting from years of distance running), my physical therapist recommended Oofos for walking around the house. She said that even on carpet, the more cushioning you can give your joints the better. I’ve been a fan of Oofos ever since and still wear them at home to this day. They’re not the sexiest shoes I’ve ever worn, but they’re definitely the most comfortable.
Oofos’ patented “OOfoam Recovery Technology” absorbs 37% more impact than traditional footwear foam, and the footbed is designed to reduce stress on your feet, ankles, knees, and even your lower back. These vegan clogs are also machine washable.
If you’re looking for a great pair of vegan working clogs, check out Yoweshop. They have an anti-slip sole, making them ideal for chefs, doctors, and nurses. Plus, they come with an adjustable back strap and breathable insoles. They’re also lightweight, so comfortable to wear all day. Available in black and white.
I have to admit, I’m a big Jolly’s fan. When I was cooler, in my 20s, I used to wear my green Jollys coupled with this pair of vintage plaid bell bottoms I used to have. Sadly, I don’t know what became of the Jollys or the pants! But it’s great to know my next pair of Jollys is just a few clicks away.
These clogs are comfortable and lightweight and they have a non-slip outsole.
These comfort clogs by Amoji have a ventilated upper that makes them perfect for hot days of walking on a river bed. Plus, they have a non-slip sole. Amojis come in red, turquoise blue, white, black, navy blue, and more.
Siam Tip creates artisanal shoes and boots in Thailand. These comfy clogs, along with all of Siam Tip’s other styles, are 100% vegan. You can see more shoes by Siam Tip in my post about 100% vegan shoe brands.
These vegan slip-on sandals, also by Siam Tip, have tribal fabric straps and handwoven seagrass insoles. The outsoles are made with natural rubber and decorate with jute rope.
Siamese Dream is another brand from Thailand that creates unique, ethnic-styled vegan clogs, as well as other shoes and homewares.
These clogs have cotton tribal fabric uppers and natural rubber soles. They are handmade in Fair Trade working conditions.
BC Footwear makes these vegan mules in faux leather and faux suede. Whether you’re looking for dressy or casual shoes, you’ll find a variety of styles form BC Footwear in vegan-friendly materials.
To see some of adidas eco-friendly flip flops, check out my post on recycled flip flop sandals.