Will's Vegan Shoes - Sandals

My Favorite Vegan Sandals + 13 Best Vegan Sandal Brands

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There’s nothing quite like slipping into a nice pair of vegan sandals on a hot summer day. Yes, you read that right…vegan sandals. They’re a real thing. Along with vegan shoes, sneakers, boots, and even flip-flops. They come in all varieties and price points too!

These 13 brands are making stunning vegan sandals. Some are strictly vegan brands, and some are big retailers with vegan lines. Regardless, there’s something for everyone. Luxury and budget price points, eco-friendly companies, adults, and kids. They’ve got you covered.

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What are Vegan Sandals?

what are vegan sandals

First, let’s determine what exactly are vegan sandals. 

As with vegan shoes, they’ve come a long way! Gone are the days when the closest thing to cruelty-free kicks were a cheap pair of synthetic leather shoes from the local dollar store. Nowadays there are a lot of brands making high quality vegan sandals, many of which are also eco-friendly. 

So, what exactly are vegan sandals? Typically sandals are made with a variety of animal products including leather and other animal skins, wool, and even bone (think glue). What makes modern day vegan sandals and shoes special is that companies are starting to create innovate products that closely mimic the quality, durability, look, and feel of animal skin with plant products like pineapple leaves, apples, mushrooms, and cactus. Additionally, there is no need to use glue containing animal products to create shoes, so that bit is an easy fix.

Also, you might assume all synthetic leather is animal-free, but this is not always the case. Some types of synthetic leather still contain actual leather. So, it’s best to opt for certified vegan leather alternatives when shopping for shoes.

Luckily, there are plenty of options when it comes to brands making beautiful vegan sandals. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites, and some of the most well known around the world to make your hunt for cruelty-free sandals easier!

Vegan Sandals & Some of the Best Brands Making Them!

NOTE: Thank you to Will’s Vegan Shoes and Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather for sending samples to try. As always, opinions expressed are 100% our own.

Will’s Vegan Shoes – Beautiful Vegan Sandals

Will's Vegan Shoes - Sandals

  • Personally Tested – Yes, I have several pairs of Will’s shoes and they recently sent me the above sandals to try. I love them!
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

Will’s Vegan Shoes is a carbon neutral, PETA approved vegan shoe company based in the UK. They produce vegan sandals, sneakers, dress shoes, boots, and hiking boots for both men and women. Additionally, they produce high quality bags, clothing, and accessories.

Their vegan sandals come in a variety of styles and types. Whether you are looking for a dress sandal, casual sandal, or activity sandal, they have an option for you. Depending on the chosen style, their sandals are made with materials like vegan leather and suede, cork, and rubber. Additionally, all of their products are made ethically under European Union employment, discrimination, and health & safety laws.

Pricing is on par with what you’d expect to pay for quality shoes, and you’re guaranteed to have them for years to come.

I personally own four pairs of Will’s shoes, including a pair of the Two Strap Sandals they just sent me, and a bag. Every pair is stunning, comfortable, and made to last. These particular sandals are beautiful! They have padded inner soles that make them comfortable to walk in for hours and if, like me, you value slip resistance, the rubber outsoles are a saving grace. This one is ideal for people with wider feet as they have hidden elastic strips which allow for extra room and adjustability.

You can even see them in this video. Yes, it’s a tasting video, but I show the sandals at 1:36.

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather – The First Vegan Shoe Brand in France

Vegan Sandals from Good Guys Don't Wear Leather

French. Vegan. Stylish. High quality. Beautiful.

These Jenny Mustard vegan sandals from Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather are nothing short of perfection. The vegan suede is as soft as peach skin, the inner soles are cushiony, and the outer soles are made with a slip-resistant design.

Overall, these slip-on sandals are ultra comfortable. Though the design is wider, even with a super narrow foot like mine, you won’t be slipping out of these shoes unintentionally. Plus, they are perfect for hot summer days when your feet need some breathing room.

Comfort aside, the design is stunning. I’m a big fan of all things mustard. Color or condiment. So these shoes are the perfect addition to my almost entirely black wardrobe.

Additionally, these shoes are made by one of the good guys. Founded back in 2011 this company was the very first vegan shoe company in France. All of their shoes are 100% cruelty and sweatshop-free. All of their lovely shoes are made in Europe (Portugal, Spain, Italy) and are fair-trade. They’re even an eco-friendly company that follows sustainable practices.

Obviously, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather make a wide variety of styles in addition to these Jenny Mustards. So, it’s an awesome brand to get your next pair of vegan sandals, sneakers, boots, flats, or clogs from! You can find them at some of my favorite stores in Paris like Manifeste011 and Aujourd’hui Demaine, or in Munich, Barcelona, Lisbon, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Geneva, Leuven, Antwerp, Mortsel, Tel Aviv, NYC, LA, Des Moines, Montreal, or on their website online!

Nae – Long Lasting Vegan Sandals

  • Personally Tested – Yes, I own a pair of Nae sandals and have had them for several years. They are still wearable and in pretty good shape despite considerable use.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

Nae Vegan SandalsNae, which stands for “no animal exploitation”, is a Portuguese vegan footwear brand that produces men’s, women’s and unisex shoes and vegan sandals. As the name implies the company is focused on producing animal-friendly shoes but they also focus on the fight against human exploitation, and are eco-friendly.

Their products are made in Portugal from sustainable, ecological, and recycled materials.

Nae’s vegan sandals come in a variety of styles from casual to dressy and are composed of vegan leather, organic cotton, cork, Pinatex, recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and/or rubber.

AHIMSA

  • Personally Tested – No, but I love their philosophy.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

The Ahimsa shoe brand is named after the ancient Indian principal of nonviolence. A fitting name for a vegan brand!

This Brazilian company creates men’s, women’s and unisex shoes including vegan sandals. The company’s mission is a big one – to someday live in a world free of cruelty. They certainly are providing a cruelty-free way to ground yourself with their stunning shoes and vegan sandals! It doesn’t stop there, though.

Not only is Ahimsa making vegan sandals and shoes, they also run the only 100% vegan shoe factory in the world. In fact, most of their shoes are made entirely by hand by a small team of employees in Brazil. 

I particularly like these Noemi Black sandals.

Vegetarian shoes

An oldie but definitely a goodie! Vegetarian Shoes (which are all vegan) has been around for about 30 years…

Like wine, the brand has had plenty of time to develop their styles and selection. Their collection of vegan shoes is massive and you can pretty much find anything you want on their website, including vegan sandals.

While their vegan sandals err on the side of casual, if you’re looking for a if you’re looking for a functional pair at reasonable prices, this is a good option!

Check out the above video for more info about this brand and how it all started!

Beyond Skin – Posh Vegan Sandals

  • Personally Tested – No, but I love their totally unique styles.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

If you’re looking for a posh pair of vegan sandals, then Beyond Skin might be the way to go. This uber fashionable brand offers stunning vegan sandals for anyone who wants a more feminine look. Think bows, heels, metallics, and dogtooth and polkadot patterns. Oh my!

All of their shoes are ethically and sustainably handmade made in Spain from 100% recycled vegan leather. Plus, their packaging is also eco-friendly! So if you’re looking for stunning sandals for a special occasion, or to just make yourself feel fantastic check out Beyond Skins.

Matt & Nat

  • Personally Tested – No, but I have admired their products many times in shops and have friends who love their products.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes and other products are 100% vegan

From flip-flops to flat sandals, to slip ons and espadrilles, Matt and Nat has a lovely selection of vegan sandals. What I like the most about this brand is their clean, classic designs. So, not matter which pair of vegan sandals you choose, you’re guaranteed to be able to wear them for years to come.

This Montreal based company is 100% vegan and uses materials like recycled plastic bottles, cork, rubber, and PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride) to create their products. They also make a point to use UP more often than PVC as it’s less harmful for the environment.

Matt and Nat do offer both men’s and women’s styles, however, the men’s sandal selection is a bit sparse, albeit quite nice.

TOMS

TOMS Vegan Sandals

  • Personally Tested – Yes, well… I have owned several pairs of their classic espadrille shoes in the vegan variety and liked them for their comfort and color options. So, I feel good about adding them to this list.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have an entirely vegan line of shoes.

We’re all familiar with TOMS, right? Their iconic espadrille shoes were everywhere about 10 years ago. You couldn’t go a few blocks in NYC without seeing at least five people wearing different colored pairs. 

What a lot of people might not know though is that TOMS also offers vegan shoes. Additionally, they’ve managed to branch out from their classic design and create vegan sandals and sneakers. I’m especially fond of this pair.

Though their selection of sandals might be small, what won TOMS a place on this list is that they make vegan sandals for children as well as men and women. So, if your little ones need a new pair of summer shoes, you might want to check out TOMS.

TEVA – Outdoor Sandals

TEVA Vegan Sandals

  • Personally Tested – Yes, well… I have owned a pair of TEVA sandals before I went vegan and they lasted a hella long time. They were also incredibly comfortable for travel. So, I know the company makes quality products.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have an entirely vegan line of shoes.

TEVA is an US based company that has been around for a loooong time. If you’re looking for function and comfort when it comes to your next pair of sandals, then you’ll want to check them out. They make sandals for everyone including children. So, it’s possibly a one shop stop for the whole family.

TEVA’s sandals are made specifically for outdoor activities and come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Obviously these aren’t the most beautiful shoes around, but if you need a great pair of hiking sandals, or comfy sandals to walk miles upon miles in while exploring a new city in the summer, then this is a great option.

TEVA isn’t a totally vegan company but they do have a huge range of vegan sandals to choose from.

Birkenstock Vegan Sandals

Birkenstock Vegan Sandals

  • Personally Tested – No, but this brand has been around forever and I’m happy to promote their vegan line.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have an entirely vegan line of shoes.

There are plenty of jokes and associations with Birkenstock shoes, but the fact is, they’ve been around for a long time! So, there has to be a reason. My guess is that reason is comfort!

The classic Birkenstock sandals are chunky slide-on flats with cork soles. While that style is still alive and well, Birkenstock have done a good job at expanding their designs while retaining some classic features. Now you can find them in a variety of colors and styles. Plus, they have an entirely vegan line to choose from.

NOAH Italian Vegan Shoes

  • Personally Tested – No.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes and other products are 100% vegan

Italy is known for their leather goods, and NOAH is turning that association on its head with vegan leather shoes. They make their adorable women’s sandals from vegan leather composed of polyester fibers, natural rubber, and recycled materials. Everything is produced in Italy where they rely on handcrafting shoe-factories with decades or centuries of knowledge to create their designs.

NOAH has a wide variety of vegan shoes for both men and women, but their sandals are mostly suited for people that want feminine styles. 

Lulu’s Shoes

  • Personally Tested – No, but this brand has been around forever and I’m happy to promote their vegan line.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have an entirely vegan line of shoes.

I often hear people say that vegan shoes are expensive. That can be true, however, there are plenty of affordable options out there. Lulu’s is one such brand offering a variety of vegan sandals and other shoes at super affordable price points. While I’m not certain about the longevity of this brand’s shoes, if you’re on a budget you might want to take a look. 

As far as styles go, Lulu’s women’s vegan sandals are super cute and often pretty sexy. They come in a huge variety to boot!

Dr. Marten

Dr. Marten Vegan Sandals

Dr. Marten is another iconic brand with a very specific look. As you may know, they have an entire line of vegan boots on offer, but what you might not know is that they also have vegan sandals

Obviously you have to be a fan of this style of shoes, but if it’s your thing, check them out!

So there you have it, some of the best brands making vegan sandals on the market. Do you own any vegan sandals? What brands do you love? What did I miss? Let me know in the comments below!

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Randi Delano, Creator and Owner, Veggie Visa

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Randi is the creator and owner of the vegan travel and lifestyle website Veggie Visa, and the co-creator and owner of the travel website Just a Pack. She's vegan, loves to cook, do yoga, and workout. She is happiest when laying on a beach in a foreign country. Her favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel, she love cows, goats, bees, and cacti. Her written work has been featured in publications like Marie Claire, XOJane, and A Women’s Thing. Randi also has a background in marketing, culinary arts, and is a Certified Health Coach.

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