I have a confession to make – I’m slightly addicted to black suede pointed courts (I have three pairs, more or less identical). It’s worth investing in quality here, as a well-made, classic pair of vegan court shoes will be the hardest working shoes in your wardrobe, and last you for years if you take good care of them. The good news is that many of the main vegan brands do a version of this style, so whether you like yours vertiginously sky-high (that’s me) or a more manageable mid-heel, in classic black faux suede or a colour – there’s a pair out there for you.
Lexi Stiletto Vegan Court Shoes in Black Faux Suede by Beyond Skin (feature image)
This is probably my perfect style of vegan court shoes. Black suede never goes out of fashion and always looks super chic; and I love the high stiletto heel (9cm) and pointed toe. You could wear these in the office, out partying, at a smart dinner or function – they’re the ultimate in flexibility. I personally love wearing mine with a mid-calf length slim-fitting dress, or more sixties-style with a full-bodied skirt – and I can’t wait to get them out again for Winter. Beyond Skin brings this Lexie style back season after season as it’s such a popular classic (adding different colours each time); plus they usually have a few other pointed court styles if, like me, you can’t get enough of this shape. All their shoes are handmade in Spain, and they’re constantly searching out the best vegan fabrics to use for durability and sustainability.
Décolleté Clelia Vegan Court Shoes in Beige Faux Suede by Fera Libens
I have this style from Fera Libens in Navy, which I’ve been wearing throughout summer as they suit my summer wardrobe better than my black pairs – but they also come in this soft Beige colour, as well as black and a gorgeous bright cobalt blue (all faux suede). Like the ones from Beyond Skin, they have a pretty high 9cm heel (my perfect height) and both the uppers and insoles are made from a suede-like microfibre. I have to say they’re been very hard-wearing so far, as well as comfortable (as far as a high-heeled pointed court can be), and the fabric looks and feels great, very much like real suede. Italian vegan footwear brand Fera Libens is part of a start-up incubator set up jointly by the Bocconi University and the Milan Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the Milan City Council, and has a small range of all-vegan shoe styles that are super chic – you’d expect nothing less of a Milan fashion brand after all, especially one whose founder’s grandfather was a shoemaker!
Smart Vegan Court Shoes in Wine by Wills Vegan Shoes
I also have this style in black faux suede (I told you I was addicted) but I wanted to show this beautiful wine colour as it makes a really nice alternative to black (they also come in brown faux suede, and black and nude faux leather). I love wearing these when I want a slightly lower heel (these are 7cm) and they look great with black cigarette pants. So far I’ve found these to be great quality. They’re made from a super-soft Italian faux leather microfibre, which is also water resistant, and they’re manufactured in Portugal, to high ethical standards. Wills Vegan Shoes was founded in 2012 with the aim of creating animal-friendly shoes in high-street styles (and in the latest fashions) at high-street prices. They have a large range of contemporary styles, and they release four seasons a year, mirroring the high street. Unlike many other vegan brands they also have a strong men’s range; I’ve bought my partner a couple of pairs which he loves.
Sibyl Pointed Vegan Court Shoes in Silver by Matt and Nat
I’ve included this style to show that you definitely don’t have to go traditional if you want vegan court shoes. I really like this contemporary take on the shape, as well as the high-shine silver colour (they also come in red and dark blue suede). The V-cut toe with high sides and the slightly-flared block heel gives them a very modern look – plus they’re likely to be more comfy and practical than your traditional high-heeled super-pointed shape. Matt & Nat are one of the most established vegan brands (they started in 1995) with dedicated stores in their native Canada, and resellers all over the world. From the start they were committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials, but their messaging is now more explicitly calling out that they’re a vegan brand. They’re also committed to being sustainable and eco-friendly, experimenting with different recycled materials such as nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork; and since 2007, all their linings have been made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Wind Stiletto Vegan Court Shoes in Nude by Patricia Correia
If you haven’t checked out this Portuguese brand yet – what are you waiting for? The eponymous founder asks on her website ‘What is the point of being alive if you don´t at least try to do something remarkable?’; this is clearly a very mission-driven brand that also happens to have the most gorgeous collection of vegan court shoes, block heels and ballet flats, in a delectable range of colours (the nearest pantone colour is helpfully provided for each shoe).This Wind stiletto is another mid-heel option, in a faux patent leather that is also anti-bacterial, and it comes in eight beautiful colours so you’re spoilt for choice!
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