10 Casual Shoes and Sandals for Vegans

Z Shoes

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Get ready for warm weather with these casual vegan shoes and sandals. To make it even better, we’ve tried to find vegan footwear with the least amount of virgin plastic, especially toxic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is often used as a substitute for leather. These shoes are made mostly from natural fibers – the best choice for animals and the planet. Z shoes have natural rubber soles and organic cotton uppers. Cotton is dyed with plant dyes, and contain no plastic. The materials are sourced in the Amazon rainforest, where Indigenous workers are paid fair wages to make them. Z Shoes has a single, simple design for men and women, with two color options per gender. Women’s or Men’s Original, $88


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Pictured above is the Rio Cut-Out Sandal, one of the many beautiful shoes made by NYC-based Bhava. The company is strictly vegan and tries to source other, eco-friendly materials to make its footwear, such as cork and cotton. These sandals have a low wooden heel, vegan suede exterior, and organic cotton lining. Rio Cut-Out Sandal, $145

Insecta Shoes

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This Brazilian company upcycles materials and turns old plastic bottles into shoes. In other words, “We extend the use of that which has already been made.” The shoes are unisex, vegan, colorful, and definitely unique. Drusa Cut-Out Oxford, $139


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It’s so great to see companies that we’ve profiled on TreeHugger in past years still going strong. This innovative sandal company continues to come up with cool new designs, and has expanded to include accessories like bags, wallets, and dog collars. All footwear is made in Chicago from sustainably sourced, vegan materials. Lots of styles for women, some for men, too. Flat ribbon sandals, $65


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This Portuguese vegan shoe company has a great comprehensive breakdown of its fabrics, which includes an innovative new material called Piñatex, made from pineapple leaves. It also uses cork, microfiber, recycled PET, rubber, recycled car tires, and paperboard insoles. Styles range from wedge heels and strappy sandals to comfy flats, loafers, and Birkenstock-style sandals. Basic White Shoe, €99


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Po-Zu is a European shoe company whose name comes from the Japanese word for “pause.” Its award-winning shoes are high quality and ethically made from sustainable materials. While Po-Zu is not entirely vegan, it does have a vegan line of beautiful flats, boots, and wedge sandals. Some feature the pineapple-leaf material used by Nae (previous slide), but these adorable cork flats are particularly captivating with their natural latex sole and OEKO-TEX certified microfiber lining. Ello C Natural Cork, £100.00


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Who doesn’t want adorable juicy watermelon slices on their feet? These classic Alpargata-style espadrilles have a canvas upper, a rope sole, and molded removable insole. There are lots of other patterns, too, if you’re not feeling fruity. Toms is known for its involvement in a wide range of social enterprises worldwide, which means your money is going to good purpose. Watermelon Print Espadrilles, $59


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All of Komodo’s shoes are vegan, made with organic cotton or eco-fiber uppers, upcycled tire rubber soles, and recycled polyurethane insoles. There are a number of ballet flats, sandals, flip flops, and basic shoes to choose from, but I’m in love with these summery espadrilles. Gray Striped Espadrilles, $58


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It’s not often you find a natural soled runner. These sneakers by Australian company Etiko have a 100 percent biodegradable latex bottom that’s FSC-certified. The uppers and laces are organic cotton, colored with safe dyes. Workers in Sri Lankan and Pakistani factories are paid fair wages. Low-cut Blue Sneakers, $95


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Brazil is famous for its beautiful (and sometimes outrageous) footwear, and Veja is no exception. The company, whose name means "Look!" in Portuguese, makes fair trade- and organic-certified footwear. While leather does appear in some of its shoes, it also has a vegan line of sneakers with canvas and rubber. Wata Canvas White & Black Unisex Shoes, €75