If there’s one thing I have a lot of, it’s shoes. I have a trunk full of boots and heels to my right and a plastic crate full of flats and sandals to my left, so when people say that finding vegan shoes is hard, I think they’re looking in the wrong places.
But even though I have more shoes than I could ever need*, I will always be on the hunt for the perfect pair of biker boots, day-to-night heels and shoes to wear with jumpsuits (Does anyone know?). Until I find them, here are the vegan shoes I’m loving right now:
I have wanted Vans Old-Skool skate shoes for SO long, but they’re made with dead cow and I’m not about that life. I was wondering what to replace them with when I started following Megan Ellaby on Instagram, and her rock’n’roll style turned me back on to classic black Converse All Stars. I’m picturing them with denim cut-offs, summer dresses and Joni jeans for those inevitable April showers.
Whenever I’m shopping for boots or trainers, I check out the children’s section first. As a size 5, I normally fit into the largest teen size in most shops, which is exactly where my current favourite flat boots came from. These Matalan buckle boots were less than £20, which is great considering the amount I’m going to need to re-heel them – I’ve barely taken them off since December. They’ve sold out online, but you can find some similar ones all over the high street (but seemingly not on the internet right now…).
When I’m not in Converse, Vans or biker boots (my summer shoes aren’t in rotation yet), I’m zipped into my favourite Zara black heeled boots. They’re faux-suede (meaning they were on sale for a ‘special price’ aka with vegan discount), and I can’t take them off. I was looking for a pair of black boots I could wear with everything and everything from the heel height to the high skinny ankle is perfect for me. They’re not online anymore, but these boots are similar.
This is an ode to the shoes I wish I’d bought. I love when Topshop make hanging shoes that look like ‘proper’ heels but they’re cheaper and usually vegan. I bought the nude version of these sandals in a last-minute panic before my birthday to wear with a gold dress, but I still think about the black and gold pair and how perfect they’d be for everything I’m ever invited to – they were only £29, but I’d left my debit card at home and my BFF had to pay for everything. You can shop a similar minimal shoe here.
Another Topshop hanging shoe bargain. The world went loafer-crazy after Gucci’s backless fur versions hit the catwalk. Obviously, non-vegan shoes are not for me, so I waited for a faux leather version on the high street. Topshop answered my prayers once again, and these shoes have become one of my most worn pairs. They’re out of stock, but I’ve spotted a metallic leopard print pair of backless loafers in River Island and I think I need them in my life…
ASOS Studded Flats
The ones, the only. Yes these shoes ripped my ankles to shreds when I first wore them (literal blood drawn, now it’s just a scratch), but that kind of made me love them more. The masochism seemed more authentic. Fortunately for your feet, this exact pair have sold out online, but they have variations on the style available here (very Miu Miu), here and here.
Have you bought any amazing vegan shoes lately? Let me know below!
*I am a big supporter of donating shoes to charities and refuges – sell your least-worn items on eBay if you could do with the money, but I recommend think twice before throwing anything in the bin that could be used by someone in need