No, I don’t wear leather shoes. No, I don’t wear cheap plastic shoes that fall apart after 2 months. It just isn’t that hard anymore to find high quality non-leather shoes. The best outdoor shoe companies routinely carry several synthetic shoes that are durable, comfortable, and stylish. But there are plenty of cheap vegan shoes out there too. You don’t have to throw away all your perfectly good leather shoes. But if you’re going to buy new ones, buy something cruelty-free next time. Here are some suggestions that have worked well for me:
- Crocs – Best shoes ever. I bought my Crocs over a year ago and I’ve barely worn anything else since. It’s like wearing slippers all day long. If it rains, I just wear them without socks. They go with everything and last a long time.
- Keen Footwear – They have many many vegan options and are even more versatile than Crocs. You can find them online or at REI. Great for hiking or walking around town. They go with everything.
- Vegan Essentials – Chances are they’ve got the shoes you’re looking for. Vegan Essentials has a great selection and updates it often. If you don’t like buying shoes without trying them on, try them on in a local corporate store before buying online. I just bought a pair of Garmont winter boots that I am very happy with.
- Payless ShoeSource – I remember what it was like to be a broke vegan college student. If you need non-leather shoes but you can’t spend a fortune, Payless is full of cheap vegan shoes.