Giving up leather shoes is no small feat (pun intended). Even when a shoe looks like it's vegan, it often has glue from animals or hidden bits of leather. It sucks. I know that when I transitioned to animal-friendly shoes, it was a challenge to find styles that I liked. I was worried that I'd have to wear flip flops and canvas slides all year long. Totally not my style. But there's hope, my friends.
My 5 tips for finding vegan shoes:
- Find shoe brands that are 100% vegan
- Shop "vegan shoes" on Lulus.com
- Contact retailers directly (live chat is easiest)
- Study the materials (shoe materials chart)
- Find a local vegan shoe retailer
Some local retailers will also have an online shop that you can order from directly. Examples of local retailers are:
Vegan Shoe Swaps
One of my favorite things is when I find a vegan version of a style of shoe that I am lusting after. Here are a few of my favorite finds:
If you're needing a replacement for your suede Manolo Blahnik leopard pumps, look no further. These vegan Cult of Coquette heels make you feel super sexy and stylish at the same time. Oh by the way, they are 60% off right now on cultofcoquette.com. Carrie Bradshaw, here I come!
And last but certainly not least, these Steve Madden OTK vegan suede boots (available at Lulu's, Steve Madden) will make your legs look like they go on for days, similar to this iconic suede pair from Stuart Weitzman.
If you're feeling sad because you had to give up your red bottom heels, I've got something for you. These vegan microsuede Susi Studio platform sandals are the perfect answer to your red bottom blues. Not only are they animal friendly, they save you a fortune compared to these Louboutin platforms.
Send me a photo or link to a pair of non-vegan shoes and I will find what I think is a stylish vegan swap.