Spring is rounding the bend and as the weather warms, the toes on many a boot-clad foot are wiggling in anticipation of spring and summer party shoes. Here are our vegan, eco-friendly picks for the season; prepare to be knocked off your feet!
1. Stella McCartney: Lomax Satin High Heel SandalNot for the faint of heart...or pallet...or wallet, these vibrant color-block sandals (pictured above) with two-tone satin d'Orsay upper are sure be the belles of the ball. Fully vegan, a soft quilted insole, and check out that heel: 4 and 1/4 inches of semi-transparent acrylic, what else is there to say? ($1,025 at stellamccartney.com)
2. Olsen Haus: Grace
The chevron zig-zags on these gold and silver peep-toe pumps bring to mind the ikat patterns that have been making the rounds, adding some splendid pizzazz to these neutral mid-heel lovelies. They are 100% cruelty-free and made with only environmentally friendly, vegan materials. ($230, at olsenhaus.com)
3. Nael Coce: Ambi Platform
Two, two, two shoes in one. A convertible high-heel-to-flat, why isn't this the norm?! The flat fits comfortably inside the high heel shoe--you can wear either separately, or wear them together and then shed the heels if the toots start to ache.
The upper, inner material, and outsole are all made from earth-friendly materials, as well, the insoles are composed of highly porous sorbent material with odor resistant properties and antibacterial functions. (Available for $70 at naelcoce.com)
4. Hearts of Darkness: Bounty Ankle-Strap Wedge
Oh, the irony: Such happy shoes from Hearts of Darkness! The cheery yellow lining and ankle strap combined with the black components make for a buoyant yet sophisticated 4-inch wedge. Comprised of a PU upper and manmade sole, these are produced in an ethical, sweat-shop free factory in China. (Available for $150 at cridecoeur.com)
5. Beyond Skin: Azura
That the straps, shine, and snakeskin can look so understated is testimony to the inherent elegance of these 4-inch slingbacks. We love the knot detail--and padded insoles and flexible soles, as well as the breathable faux leather lining of these cruelty-free beauties. Handmade in Spain. ($234 at beyondskin.com)
6. Neuaura: Clove-Teal
The chocolate and teal bring these down a notch in the fancy department, but for the times that your LBD is a little brown dress--these retro-styled heels can be dutifully called into action.
The 2.5-inch heel and rubber sole combine to create an exceedingly comfortable shoe, and no animal by-products are used during manufacturing and/or finishing processes of Neuaura shoes. ($110 at neauaura.com)
7. Beyond Skin: Jesse
If teetering isn't your party thing, these flats offer sensibility with sass. Made from 100% recycled PET faux suede, the ballerina cuties have a 1-cm heel with a resin soul. Vegan, handmade in Spain. (On sale at Beyond Skin for $95.00 marked down from $187)