Ethical & Eco-Friendly Vegan Shoe Brands
If it’s vegan, it must be eco-friendly? Not necessarily.
Probably one of the biggest misconceptions of vegan fashion is that it’s all sustainable. While leather has its fair share of problems, “fake leather” all too often just means that the item is made of synthetic materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which emits toxic pollutants. And it’s shocking to see the number of brands marketing their products as “cruelty-free” who actually have no standards in place for the people manufacturing the products. Cruelty-free must mean ethical standards for the human beings involved in your supply chain, too!
Fashion is not necessarily about labels or brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.
Jo-Anne Vernay creates luxury vegan shoes made from Piñatex, a fabric created out of discarded pineapple leaves! This new Black-owned brand now has their Mel Heels available for pre-order in a reddish-orange “Paprika” color and a medium-brown neutral hue called “cognac”. I absolutely adore the back detailing on these eco-friendly vegan heels!
While these sneakers may look strikingly similar to another popular shoe brand, Etiko is very different. Etiko is a B-Corp Certified company with shoes made in Fair Trade certified factories from GOTS- and Fair Trade certified organic cotton.
Styles: Sneakers, Flats
Vegan shoe brand Veerah is a certified B-Corporation, meaning they have met certain criteria that demonstrate their positive impacts on society and the environment.
Some of the innovative, conscious materials used in their collections include organic cotton lining, cork, apple peel skin, and PET from recycled plastic bottles. The most eco-friendly option on their site is these ultra-chic heels made from apple peels.
Styles: Heels, Flats
Creating fair trade and eco-friendly vegan shoes, Ethletic is a leading ethical footwear brand that has been certified by numerous third-party auditors. The ethical shoe label sources natural, FSC-certified rubber and Fair Trade certified, organic cotton for their sneakers.
And, Ethletic pays a 15% social premium for their employees to use towards community development projects.
Po-Zu makes sustainable vegan shoes from low-impact materials. The brand uses materials like organic cotton, linen, cork, Piñatex, natural rubber, and coconut husks for their sneakers, boots, and other footwear.
The shoes are made in vetted factories in Portugal and Sri Lanka that follow strict standards for social and ecological responsibility.
Styles: Sneakers, Boots