Get ready for the sunshine with Sarah Dawson’s round-up of the best vegan sandals out there.
Summer is on its way – promise! – so get ready to step into the new season with a stylish pair of sandals. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect pair to wear to work, a statement sandal for a summer holiday, something chic for a sunny wedding or a wear-with-anything wardrobe staple, the high street really delivers when it comes to vegan-friendly picks.
There’s a fantastic choice of cruelty-free sandals on the high street and in our favourite online stores, so make this summer the one you swap your battered flip-flops for something a bit special. Statement gladiator sandals, laid-back slides, cute wedges, on-trend flatforms or embellished espadrilles – whatever your style you’re sure to find your perfect sandal here.
Oscar and Shades
Online marketplace Etsy is a treasure trove of vegan fashion. Oscar and Shades stocks a unique selection of raffia sandals that are perfect for summer. Handmade by craftswomen in Morocco, using Madagascan raffia, these vegan-friendly sandals will look just as cool with a pair
of cut-off denim shorts as they will with a floaty maxi dress.
They are guaranteed to get you lots of “Where did you get those amazing shoes?” compliments! You can buy online at etsy.com/uk/shop/OscarAndShades.
We love it when brands give something back, and TOMS has always gone the extra mile when it comes to shopping with a conscience. For every pair of shoes you buy from them, they’ll give a new pair of shoes to a child in need – so far they’ve given an incredible 60 million pairs of shoes to children in need.
We’re a bit obsessed with their cute vegan collection, featuring cool slides, stylish sandals and pretty espadrilles – summer perfection, right there! Available on the high street and at toms.co.uk.
When it comes to iconic sandals that will go the distance, you can’t beat a pair of Birkenstocks. The vegan collection features classic unisex designs in animal-friendly materials that deliver on comfort (and we mean really comfy!) and quality.
Available in six signature Birkenstock styles, in a range of wearable colours, these cruelty-free sandals are the perfect choice if you’re after timeless shoes that will never go out of fashion. Available on the high street and at Birkenstock.com.
Get that laid back, California girl look with a pair of sandals from luxe brand RAFA. The cool, minimalistic designs, made using vegan and ecologically-friendly materials, come in a rainbow assortment of colours – making it very hard to pick just one pair!
The Simple Sandal is a real pared-back classic, that will see you through days in the office, drinks in a sunny beer garden, weddings and summer holidays. A selection of designs is available at UK site antibadstore.com or you can visit the US site for the full collection, rafausa.com.
Oh ASOS, where would we be without you? The UK’s favourite online fashion destination has taken all the guesswork out of shopping for animal-friendly sandals with a handy ‘non-leather’ filter – just click the button for a seriously good selection of shoes you’ll want to add to your basket, pronto!
Stocking over 500 non-leather sandals from a huge range of brands, including specific vegan ranges by the likes of
Dr. Martens, whatever your style – whether you like to keep things simple or prefer a fashion-forward look – we’re pretty sure you’ll find your dream sandals here. If you’re unsure of whether a specific style uses vegan-friendly glue, you can always drop Customer Services an email to double-check. Visit asos.com.
If you’re after affordable, stylish designs that are always bang on trend, high street hero Zara really delivers. Although the sandals collection isn’t exclusively vegan, there are some gorgeous non-leather, animal-friendly gems that tick all the right boxes.
Quirky embellishments, vibrant colours and everyday summer staples are all on offer here, to help you channel a cool, fashionable vibe. With prices starting at just £20, you can afford to treat yourself. Available in store and online at zara.com.
Sarah Dawson is a freelance writer, living in the Cotswolds. When she’s not wrestling her toddler into a car seat, she likes to grow her own veg, read pretty much anything/everything and create ridiculously long ASOS wish-lists. See more from Sarah at wordupwriting.co.uk