Ladies, if you haven’t noticed yet, we’re living in the Golden Age of Vegan Sandals because I’ve never seen such an amazing selection of women’s sandals that are leather-free.
Before we start looking at these lovelies, can we all just take a moment to give a big, standing ovation to all of the animal advocates out there who have gotten us to this point in human evolution? That includes the nonprofits – PETA, The Humane Society, Mercy for Animals, Direct Action Everywhere, and many others – plus, the activists, the designers, and all of you who ever went to a shoe website, typed in the word “vegan,” and refused to buy anything if it yielded zero results. Well done! Thankfully, today, there are lots of cute ladies’ vegan sandals to choose from.
We do still have some evolving to do when it comes to making sandals that are also eco-friendly. While there are now a number of great brands making vegan flip flops that are made with recycled and other eco-friendly materials, when it comes to sandals, it’s still hard to find styles made with sustainable materials.
One positive thing I’ve learned since doing my research on vegan sandals and shoes is that these days it’s less common for the adhesives used in shoes to be made with animal products. The reason is that synthetic glues simply perform better – they’re more flexible and last longer than the glues that contained animal byproducts. Needless to say, this is good news for animals and those of us who look for vegan sandals and shoes.
High Heel and Strappy Sandals
Since we’re in the height of wedding season, I thought I’d start off with these sweet vintage-inspired and PETA-approved vegan sandals by Roni Kanter. All of their shoes are handmade and cruelty-free. They offer classic styles in both high and low heels – perfect for a spring or summer wedding, or any other special occasion where you want to look your prettiest.
I love the combination of vintage and sparkle in these classic t-strap sandals. They’re available in low-heel too. They come in sparkly silver, sparkly gold, light blue, yellow, red, and cream. Heel height is 3”.
This classic open toe sandal has a cute ankle strap and comes in a wide variety of colors. It’s made with 100% manmade materials. It comes in black faux leather, floral print, gold, silver, tan, nude, red, white, yellow, and pink. Time to show off your pedicure!
If you want an even sexier look, try these stiletto heeled sandals with ankle straps and peep toes. They’re also made with 100% manmade materials. The heel is approximately 3″. These sandals come in a variety of colors to match any outfit in your wardrobe including: black faux leather, floral print, gold, silver, tan, nude, red, hot pink, blue, and white.
If you want a slightly lower heel, but love the kitten heel look, these vegan sandals by Heels Charm will fit the bill. They’re made with 100% synthetic materials. They come in gray faux patent leather, nude, green, purple, black, and white
If you want the high heeled look, but something sturdier than stilettos, take a look at these high block heel sandals by Sam Edelman. They come in black textile, floral print, golden yellow, hot pink, purple, cork, palm leaf, black and gold textile, and gold. And if you can’t find the perfect color choice in Sam Edelman, check out these similar styled sandals by Bamboo.
These strappy sling back sandals by Naturalizer are classy enough and comfortable enough to wear to work all day or dance in all night at your best friend’s wedding. With a high, but not too-high kitten heel, these sandals come in a variety of fun colors, including champagne faux leather, red, wine, cream, tan, silver, and rose gold.
Another designer known for creating super comfortable shoes, Aerosoles has brought sexy back to their brand with these high-heeled, ankle strap vegan sandals. They have a double padded memory foam insole and the heel measures 3.4”. They come in black velvet, wine velvet, silver, gold, black, cork, metallic, red, and even more colors.
Headed to a disco in Dubai or wish you were? You’ll love these fun, Middle Eastern-inspired sandals with some extra bling. They come in a variety of sparkly styles reminiscent of butterflies and mosaic artwork.
Here’s another fun, disco-inspired high-heeled stiletto sandal. This style comes in sparkly black, silver, gold, and bronze. The heel measures approximately 3.25″.
If you’re looking for a more natural aesthetic, check out these truly unique high-heeled and cruelty-free sandals by Gigi made with natural raffia. The heel is ultra-high at 4.25” and thankfully, they have a cushioned footbed.
Style & Co. makes a variety of cute, strappy sandals in faux leather, faux suede, and other synthetic materials.
Low Heel Sandals
If you want a lower heel, Touch Ups has a variety of fun vegan sandals that have a sexy, strappy look with a more conservative, comfortable heel. This sandal will make it easy to transition from work to a night on the town.
These super comfortable and stylish slide sandals have a solid block heel and sparkly silver accents. They’re 100% manmade.