The Immaculate Five Best Vegan Ankle Boots article from a few months ago is one of the most popular on the site (check it out if you haven’t already, as most if not all of the styles there are still available). So I thought it was time for a revisit, incorporating new styles for Autumn / Winter 18-19. The below are just a few of my favourite vegan boots for the upcoming season, with options ranging from cute kittens and sexy heels, to kick-ass combats and velvet luxe. All the brands covered offer a really good range too – so you’re bound to find that perfect pair of vegan boots for the season ahead.
Morton Vegan Boots in Fig by Matt & Nat (featured image)
These super stylish combat-style vegan boots by Canadian brand Matt & Nat are a practical, hard-wearing style that would look great with skinny jeans or leggings, and an oversized winter sweater. They also come in black – but I really love this rich dark fig colour.
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. Their motto is “Live beautifully” – which for them also means putting animal and environmental welfare at the heart of how they operate. 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.
Sylvia Lace-Up Vegan Boots in Tan by Bhava Studio
This lace-up bootie by New York-based brand Bhava Studio is a modern take on the classic lace-up boot, and inspired by the iconic US poet Sylvia Plath (you can just imagine her tramping across the Yorkshire Moors in these too, Bronte-style – near where she is now buried). They’re hand-made in Alicante in Spain, and made from eco-conscious Italian vegan leather upper, with a vegan suede lining, a solid wooden heel and a natural cork insole, making them super comfortable, as all Bhava boots are.
Bhava Studio is an innovative women’s footwear brand in its third year of business, and one of my favourite brands for high quality and fashion-forward styles that still manage to be really comfortable. If you’re looking for some new vegan boots, they have an extensive selection (including some gorgeous new hiker boots I’ve got my eye on) and they offer worldwide shipping. If you want to know more about the Bhava brand story and the creative talent behind the brand, you can read my interview with their founder Francisca Pineda.
They always try to source the highest quality artisan, organic, recycled and cruelty-free components, and whilst their classic models reappear each season, they keep improving the style and the materials so they just get better and better. Plus they’re often introducing new styles and new colour-ways too.
Low Vegan Boots in Wine Velvet by Sydney Brown (featured)
This low ankle boot in plush wine velvet (it also comes in black and amber) is definitely at the premium end of the vegan boots selection that’s out there – and carries a higher price tag accordingly. However, if you want a bit of luxury in your life, Sydney Brown is the brand for you. I personally love that brands like Sydney Brown exist in the vegan space, as they show that vegan fashion can absolutely be high-end and high fashion, and challenge the perception that vegan footwear is going to be frumpy or ‘worthy’ looking (a perception that still does unfortunately exist).
Sydney Brown is a US brand, 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 vegan boots 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.
Eva Stiletto Kitten-Heel Vegan Boots in Black Vegan Suede by Beyond Skin
These super cute kitten heel ankle boots by British brand Beyond Skin have a low heel of around 5cm, so are definitely comfy enough for all-day wear, and I think would look gorgeous with long winter skirts and dresses. Beyond Skin have an extensive collection of vegan boots, as well as some gorgeous flats and party heels, and as well introducing lots of new styles each season, they also roll over really popular styles.
Beyond Skin is one of the most established and popular vegan fashion brands out there, with fans including Natalia Portman, Miley Cyrus and Evanna Lynch. They launched in 2001 with just six styles, and have been growing ever since. All of their shoes are made in Alicante in Spain, and their UK hub is now in Brighton, where all their styles are designed. They have major plans to expand in the future, including introducing different types of ethical materials in their Essentials range, expanding their luxury footwear line, and launching accessories and menswear. You can find out more about the brand and their ambitions in my interview with Natalie Dean, their founder, including why she became vegan, and how she lets her hair down after a busy day in the office!
Taminda Vegan Boots in Black by Matt & Nat
These high-heeled vegan boots are also available in olive, and is another choice from Matt and Nat, who have really expanded and improved their footwear collection for the new season. It’s made from very soft smooth-grain vegan leather, and comes with a 3.5 inch heel, so quite high – but it’s a block heel so still pretty comfortable for day wear. Matt and Nat have probably done more than any other brand to bring vegan fashion to the mainstream – many of my non-vegan friends have heard of them or bought from them. Plus they’re now being stocked in the UK by major high-street retailer John Lewis, so that’s bound to make them even more popular, and convince more consumers that going leather-free is easy, and sacrifice-free too.
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