14 Vegan Shoes for Every Occasion This Winter

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Keep your feet cosy, your conscience clear and your wardrobe on-trend this winter with these vegan shoe picks for every occasion, from an office party to a snowball fight!

Video footage from the leather industry is a shocking reminder of why vegan shoes are the only compassionate choice. Globally, millions of cows and other animals endure beatings and other abuse and then die painfully so that their skins can be turned into shoes, belts and bags.

But on a more cheerful note, there are SO many fabulous shoes out there that have absolutely no connection to animal abuse. Here are our top winter vegan footwear essentials:

***** These are just a small selection of the MANY vegan shoes available on the high street or online. Wills also offers a great range of smart mens’ shoes, and Converse and Dr Martens are just as indispensable for guys as well as girls.


  • Mordanicus commented on November 12, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Vegan shoes can be very sexy, which would help them to become accepted by the public.

  • Val commented on November 12, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    It’s almost impossible for me to find shoes. I have to have one shoe raised because of leg length discrepancy. I get two pairs adapted per year, and once I’ve ruled out the ones with soles that cannot be adapted, and ones that do not fasten with Velcro or zips (can’t bend well because of arthritis) I’m lucky if I can come up with those two. Design me vegan ones that meet my needs, and won’t boil my ever-hot feet, and I’ll buy.

    • Lesley commented on December 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

      I know what you mean Val. I have a really hard time with faux leather shoes too. My feet get hot and sweat if they cant breathe. I have some Reebok classic runners that altho they are adv. as leather, never are and they are always available somewhere like the cheaper variety department stores. They are terry lined and have little holes to make them breathe. I don’t know about adaptability, i have bad arthritis too though. I just bought a pr of faux suede athletic booties- hoping they wont be as cold as they look. These have elastic laces and side zippers. email me and i will tell you what/where. I just cannot stand the way animals are slain for their skin anymore. Good Luck.

  • Janine horn commented on November 13, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    More more more stykes and colours would be great

  • Karen Brignell commented on November 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I love boots with studs so rock chic and goth style boots would be great.

  • Fungus Addams commented on November 13, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Little bit of a gender bias here; or are you assuming male Vegans are also transvestites?

    • Nick Banting commented on November 27, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      Ladies seem to be well catered for, men’s shoes tend to be hard, they rub and cause sore feet. Years ago I had some shoes that were soft, comfortable and didn’t need breaking in. I wore them constantly until they fell apart, couldn’t get any more. I think they were called Holden shoes.

  • Hazel Bownes commented on November 15, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Have converse stated that their shoes are vegan? The last I heard was that they couldn’t say for sure the source of the glue used and therefore some of it could be of animal origin. I would absolutely love it if they could go that little bit further to ensure their glues are vegan friendly!

    • Bob commented on November 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      It’s not just the glue issue that puts many people off Cons, but also that Converse are owned by Nike, who have been the most prolific users and abusers of sweatshop labour in the footwear industry…

      • Lori commented on November 30, 2015 at 3:45 am

        But is the glue have animal ingredients? Anyone know for sure? I’ve just sent the company an email and will post here once I hear back!!

  • Heather Salisbury commented on November 19, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    New Rock vegan boots are AMAZING!!

  • Lucy commented on December 8, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I am 11 and I don’t wear any wool or leather, I find that H&M do some vegan shoes, I have their doc Martin type boots and they are certified non-leather and the glues they use have no amimal in them which is great! I also think most canvas shoes, like converse are usually vegan but I’m not 100% sure about that.

    • Dan commented on April 24, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      You sound like you know more than me! I only started finding this stuff out at 32!

  • buzytizy commented on December 22, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Had a pair of the skechers boots in brown, guess what, they fell apart after 3 months. Back to leather for me! Total waste of money.

    • Lori commented on November 30, 2015 at 3:46 am

      So you aren’t vegan then? Surprised you’d be on a PETA website!

  • Gal commented on January 25, 2015 at 4:10 am

    watch out its my understanding that the Converse shoes are constructed with a animal base glue .

  • Gal commented on January 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    I see you have removed my last reply about the Converse shoe , i understand that converse shoes are made with glue that contains some animal by-products . if you know different then prove it . please just don’t remove my post .

    • Anne commented on January 26, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Hi, the comments on this site are moderated, so there will often be a delay between submission and appearing on the site (especially over weekends). We only remove comments that are abusive or clearly spam.

  • Vegalyfe commented on July 13, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Deciding to purchase and patronize Vegan sandals could be the very thing which I would advise you to do. The first reason is that it is very nice and good against winter, and secondly you can decide to use it any how you wish. It is often very stronger that the known shoes.

  • Meena commented on January 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    I read online that converse are not vegan because they use glue that contains animal products?

  • Kristina commented on March 14, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    My issue is that I’m a 44 year old female and am only a size 1, so finding shoes that are not pink, have kids tv characters on, aren’t black clumpy school shoe style or cost a months salary is really difficult

  • Dan commented on April 24, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    http://mynonleatherlife.com/2011/08/30/once-and-for-all-are-converse-vegan/ Was pretty disappointed to read that, I assumed they were a vegan staple, I sent them an email though asking whether they use non animal based glue like Vans vegans and Macbeth shoes, Macbeth are a safe option as they say vegan product inside the actual shoe on vegan ones!

    • Noemi commented on July 26, 2016 at 12:12 am

      I feel like we all should realise that the guy/girl posted this on 2011. Probably in these 5 years we are finally sure Converse doesn’t use any non vegan glue. I’m pretty sure that PETA wouldn’t have listed them in here if the company still was in a doubt about the materials used! eheheheh =)

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