Where would we be without our trusted vegan ankle boots? Flat, block-heeled or stiletto; pointy or round-toed; industrial-looking, fierce or girly; these are a wardrobe staple that most of us couldn’t live without. And they’re definitely not just for winter – there were plenty around on the Spring/Summer 18 catwalks, in both dark and light shades (see Bhava Studio’s white versions of all their classic models for a really summery take on the style).
There are so many different styles, and so many ways to wear them. I love pairing a round or square-toed block-heel ankle boot with a short skirt or dress; flat black lace-ups with skinny black jeans; and pointy stiletto boots with a slim long skirt. Anything goes really
Billie Vegan Ankle Boots in Camel by Susistudio (featured image)
These Billie vegan ankle boots (which also come in black) by LA-based vegan brand Susistudio are the result of a special collaboration with PETA, with 30% of the sale proceeds being donated to the charity (the largest animal rights organization in the world). It’s made from recycled microsuede, with rubber soles. To add to their cool credentials, the boots are named after Billie Holiday (top feminist and artist extraordinaire). Susistudio have a small but perfectly formed footwear collection, working with artisan factories in Portugal and Hong Kong (their Hong Kong factory is owned and operated entirely by women). Interesting fact: in 2015 the brand’s founder Bianca Moran opened the SUSI Restaurant in the Philippines, the first gluten-free, vegan eatery in the country.
Editor Vegan Ankle Boots in Burgundy by Bhava Studio
These bestselling Editor vegan ankle boots are one of US brand Bhava Studio’s signature styles, and you can see why. It’s a very classic shape, and it’s renowned to be super comfortable, with a 2” heel that’s perfect for day-wear, a soft cork insole, and a state-of-the-art shock-absorber sole. Plus, Bhava rigorously test their boots on the streets on New York to make sure they pass the durability and comfort test. The Editor can also be can be worn with a detachable tall boot upper, which instantly turns them into a pair of knee-high boots – how’s that for versatile! I love this deep burgundy colour which I think works as a beautiful neutral with pretty much anything, including black, but it’s also available in black, and they have an Ivory version out for Summer too. For more about the brand, check out my interview with Bhava Studio Founder Francisca Pineda.
Dandy Vegan Chelsea Boots in Black Suede by Beyond Skin
Described as ‘a new twist on a favourite style’, these Dandy vegan ankle boots have an almond toe, a flat heel (3cm), a premium faux suede upper, and a breathable lining made from 100% recycled PU leather with a plant-based coating. Like all of their collection, these are beautifully handmade in sunny Alicante in Spain. Beyond Skin is one of the more established vegan brands, launching in 2001 in London with just six styles; it has been steadily growing ever since, moving its base to Brighton, and now has a comprehensive collection spanning every style imaginable.
Low Vegan Ankle Boots in Amber Velvet by Sydney Brown
US vegan footwear brand Sydney Brown was born out of a conviction that luxury could be produced in an environmentally-friendly way, with sustainable material development being key to each season’s design process. These velvet boots from their new collection have a textured faux velvet upper, with a 2 inch heel made from sustainably-harvested German beech wood and a lining made from recycled plastic bottles. The insole uses their signature cork, which they harvest in Portugal (where all their shoes are made) – each cork tree can only be harvested every nine years as that’s how long it takes to grow back.
Blondie Vegan Ankle Boots in Black by Bhava Studio
Yes, these are more vegan ankle boots by Bhava Studio – but they really do have the best boot collection on the planet! This is their Blondie stiletto bootie (also available in Ivory and Cherry), and at 3″ high it’s the perfect height to take you from day to night. Like their Editor ankle boot, you can add a detachable tall boot upper, to turn them into a flattering knee-high version. I have this style, and they are very comfy and super versatile – I love wearing them with skinny jeans, or adding a bit of edge to a long skirt and polo neck.
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