Stylish Leather-Free Shoes – 12 of the Best

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Millions of animals are killed for leather every year, as revealed in our latest exposé with Leona Lewis, and it’s also often impossible to find out where your leather comes from or even which animals’ skin it is. Most people would be shocked to discover that leather can be made from cows, pigs, goats and even cats or dogs. Before buying leather, think of the true cost of this material, which is really the skin of a dead animal.

It’s easy to avoid all this cruelty by simply not buying leather. You can find stylish vegan-leather shoes on any budget, from cheap high-street offerings to high-end vegan-fashion brands.

  • Bourgeois Boheme Matthew Black Shoes

    B Boheme Mens Black Shoes

    These practical men’s brogues have a trendy blue-trim detail. Bourgeois Boheme offers loads of stylish luxury vegan shoes for men and women.

  • ASOS EVERSLEIGH Cut-Out Ankle Boots

    ASOS Black Boots

    Grab these cute winter boots with a fashionable cut-out detail. ASOS has a search filter for non-leather shoes, making it even easier to find cruelty-free footwear.

  • Pull&Bear Zip-Up Boots

    Pull&Bear Zip Up Tan Boots

    These fashionable tan zip-up boots from Pull&Bear are made from synthetic materials. There’s no need to buy leather shoes when animal-friendly alternatives look this good.


  • Wills Dock Boots

    Wills Brown Dock Boots

    Wills has a wide range of vegan men’s shoes in every style that the compassionate shopper could ask for!

  • New Look Tan Tassel Front Loafers

    New Looks Mens Tan Loafer Shoes

    New Look has many styles in synthetic materials, and it’s easy to check whether your shoes are cruelty-free by looking at the materials information sticker on the sole.

  • Esprit Lined Two-Tone Trainer

    Espirit Vegan Leather Trainers

    High-street brand Esprit has embraced the demand for animal-friendly shoes by releasing a whole range of faux-leather footwear, all clearly labelled as suitable for vegans. These comfy trainers are available in four colours.

  • Beyond Skin Kate Patent Flat Loafer

    Beyond Skin Vegan Leather Black Loafers

    Classic ladies’ loafers are a wardrobe essential, offered here in black faux patent leather. Beyond Skin offers a huge selection of styles from sandals to high heels, all suitable for vegans!

  • River Island Double-Strap Mule Sandals

    River Island Mens Black Sandals

    Great for summer, these sandals are comfortable and on trend. Faux-leather shoes are available at fashion retailers like River Island at bargain prices.

  • Wills Desert Boots

    Wills Vegan Leather Desert Boots

    These classic desert boots in black faux leather are water resistant, comfortable and breathable. In addition, they look great and are 100 per cent ethical.

  • Good Guys Janet Black HeelsGood Guys Vegan Leather Black Heels

    Good guys (and girls) don’t wear leather! This cool brand has a selection of trendy vegan shoes for men and women.

  • New Look Tan Fringed Tassel T-Bar Shoes

    New Look Ladies Tan Loafers

    Grab a bargain with these tasselled tan shoes from New Look. They prove that cruelty-free shoes are easily available at high-street stores near you.

  • Dr. Martens Vegan Leather Boots

    Dr Martens Vegan Leather Boots Unisex

    Dr. Martens has a small selection of vegan shoes, including its most popular styles, so compassionate shoppers can still get the classic look. These products are clearly labelled and easy to find in stores and online.

Some companies can’t guarantee that all their glue suppliers are cruelty-free. If you find a pair you like, call or e-mail the company to find out! Now that you’ve got animal-friendly shoes sorted, what about the rest of your wardrobe? Check out the PETA vegan fashion awards to see the most stylish cruelty-free clothing and accessories of 2015.



  • Myriam Revelard commented on December 13, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Where can I buy these things in Brussels ?

    • Ruby commented on December 16, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Hi Myriam, many of these brands will offer international shipping to Brussels. It might be easiest to order online!

  • D.A. Vozniak commented on December 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Unfortunately, 99% of vegan leather shoes are made in “medium” width only. As someone who wears an extra, extra wide (also known as EEE) shoe I would love to wear vegan leather shoes, but cannot find them.

  • Vivian Leon commented on December 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Where can I buy this shoes?

  • Reggina commented on December 13, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Hi could you advise which makeup is not tested on animals or contains any type of animal ingrediants.
    With thanks

  • shelley rockamore commented on December 13, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    There are not enough products for children. I had a hard time finding any suitable regulation school shoes that were not leather. I had to settle for some poorly made substitute.

  • Laurele commented on December 14, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you for your post Ruby. When it comes to the brands that are not explicitly vegan e.g. the high street brands that you mentioned, how can I be sure that the glue used isn’t of animal origin?

    • Ruby commented on December 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Thank you Laurele! Some companies can’t guarantee that all their glue suppliers are cruelty-free. If you find a pair you like, call or e-mail the company to find out!

      • Laurele commented on December 18, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Thank you Ruby. I was meaning more the boots and shoes featured in your blog. Do I need to email the companies or have you already done the hardwork?

  • Mark Raverty commented on December 16, 2015 at 5:19 am

    I only want to buy ‘vegan ‘ shoes and boots
    Are there any non leather and non suede shoes which use animal based glue which I should avoid ?

    • Ruby commented on December 16, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Most of the shoes listed are from 100% vegan companies. Some companies can’t guarantee that all their glue suppliers are cruelty-free. If you find a pair you like, call or e-mail the company to find out!

  • Vickie commented on December 19, 2015 at 3:34 am

    What could a person do with skin products, as they become vegan in their attire?
    Bury them together? Has anyone a sensible idea that would be worth passing along. I am sure others are facing that question after a lifetime of choosing leather wear in shoes and those craft years where we are taught the truth about the savage survival, needed for sustinance and clothing for warmth. We are not pioneering a primative world anymore. For the most part I am glad in my lifetime to have experienced the power of love surviving for animals, The milling of skin, being replaced by man made replacements that will eliminate excuse for the need of animal skin creations and dramatically reduce cruelty ethics and the lack of interest in keeping up using those Animals suffering for clothing is wrong and its contributes to greenhouse gases and global warming. Civilization is a on going basis, that presents challenges that need to be a sobriety strenghth, and a character building tower of the future Clearing problems that cause
    us problems with our conscience our spirit our soul our ability to recognize and love.

    • Ruby commented on December 21, 2015 at 10:16 am

      Hi Vickie.
      Thank you for making the compassionate choice to wear cruelty-free clothing. If you are looking for something to do with your old leather shoes, we accept donations which we pass on to charities for refugees:

  • Amy commented on March 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    The shoes are awasome xx

  • Kate commented on April 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I want to wear non-leather shoes but am equally worried about the impact of synthetic shoes on the environment.

    • Anne commented on April 11, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Hi Kate,
      Check out vegan brands such as Wills Vegan Shoes and Bourgeois Boheme, which use sustainalble, eco-friendly materials.
      It’s also worth considering that leather actually has a huge, negative environmental impact, largely due to the toxic chemicals that are needed to stop the dead skin decomposing (more info here: So even buying cheaper synthetic shoes is likely to be a better option environmentally, as well as for animals.

      Hope that helps!

  • Jen commented on November 17, 2016 at 3:50 am

    I’m already experiencing vivid foreshadowing of being attacked for these comments, but somebody’s gotta say them.
    None of those shoes pictured look even remotely “stylish”. I can get PVC or faux leather shoes in any cheap clothing or accessory store (yet they’re likely not vegan, in that some of the ingredients in the layers, linings, glues, or treatments may be traced back to animal origin).
    To “Vickie” who asked about what to do with skin products… you really asked if the proper thing would be to “bury them together”? How does that solve the problem? I realize you’re transitioning to a life away from using animals as clothing, yet the items you own come from animals who have already given their lives. If you stop and think about it, burying might be the worst thing you could do.
    This is sound advice for everyone:
    Other people (who aren’t of the same mindset, concern or values as you) are still looking for leather coats, leather shoes, crocodile wallets, snakeskin pumps, a plush sheepskin rug…. each and every day. If such person finds your items in a thrift-shop (second hand shop, or donation shop), that person may just buy the item you already purchased years ago instead of a brand new item. You’d be reducing the demand for new wearable clothing items manufactured from animals.
    Likewise with food items. I’m sure every one of us has a friend or family member who wants nothing to do with becoming vegan and is quite content to continue consuming animal products.
    Do you have meat in your freezer? Butter? Pasta, casseroles, entrees, cakes, ice cream, milk chocolate, and anything else you’re no longer supporting or consuming?
    Rather than throw away or “bury”… give these to your friends and family! You’ll reduce their need to buy new foods from animals. At the same time, you can educate them as to why you’re giving them these grocery items.
    This isn’t rocket science.

  • Pau commented on November 17, 2016 at 10:03 am

    Ok it’s not leather, but is it really vegan ? I mean for the glue, most of the time it comes from animals … Looking forward to reading you, thanks 🙂

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