Flats continue to dominate over heels in Spring/Summer 18 collections (hurray), with masculine styles such as the Loafer, Brogue, Derby and Oxford adding an edge to some of the more feminine silhouettes and colours on show (pastels and crayola colours abound). But they also look great – and very modern – with short skirts and oversize sweaters, for a more gamine look. A nice alternative to the ballet flat, the five styles of vegan shoes below show you can be cool as well as comfy – and animal-free to boot.
Luxe Derby Vegan Shoes in Black by Will’s Vegan Shoes (feature image)
British vegan brand Wills offers a comprehensive footwear collection for both women and men, covering so many vegan shoes (courts, ballet flats, sandals – you’re bound to find what you need). This Luxe Derby provides a modern, feminine take on this classic masculine style, and is also available in Wine. Made in Portugal, the uppers and linings are created using bio oil which is sourced from organic cereal crops in a carbon neutral process; they have cushioning insoles made from recycled rubber; and luxurious velvet laces. They’re also water-resistant and breathable, so are really durable too. Great with skinny jeans.
Two-Tone Monkstrap Vegan Shoes in Black by Vyom London
This super-stylish Monkstrap is from Vyom’s first range – their Timeless City Collection – and is one of the best quality vegan shoes I have ever owned. I love wearing them with black tights, a short skirt and polo neck in the winter, and skinny jeans in the summer. All their vegan shoes are made in an artisan factory in Northampton in the UK, and are hand-crafted by the finest Goodyear Welted process, which is still considered one of the finest methods of shoe construction. The uppers are premium graded faux-leather, made from Polyurethane (PU) instead of PVC leatherette (which contains toxic chlorine), so they’re eco-friendly too. Their soles look like hand-stitched leather soles – I could not tell the difference. But you can rest assured these are 100% vegan.
Hall Oxford Flat Vegan Shoes in Black by Matt & Nat
From Matt & Nat’s Sleek City Collection, the classy Hall flatform has a beautiful brown marble-effect sole that makes it anything but plain. The sole of these vegan shoes is made from EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) which is one of the best shock absorption materials available, so feel free to bounce around with glee while wearing them, knowing that your knees are safe. These look great with cropped jeans and mini skirts.
Crepe Derby Vegan Shoes in Black by Sydney Brown
Handmade in Portugal by premium US vegan footwear brand Sydney Brown, this Crepe Derby has a faux-nappa upper, and a synthetic lining made from recycled plastic bottles; shoelaces made from organic cotton with biodegradable tips; a cork-covered recycled-fibre insole; and natural rubber crepe sole. Animal-free, eco-friendly, and a classic take on this style that you’ll be able to wear for years.
Bedawi Vegan Shoes in Black by Bahatika
Austrian vegan shoes brand Bahatika specialises in fashion-forward urban styles (they have a great sneaker collection), and this popular perforated flatform has been repeated for the S/S 18 season. It’s made in Spain, from high-grade vegan leather, with an antibacterial and breathable microfibre lining, soft padded insole, and rubber sole. If you want a more summery look, try it in Nude or White.
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