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.
Galatella High Heel Vegan Court Shoes by Blanlac
These classical and timeless stiletto vegan court shoes have a vertiginous 10 cm heel, and are crafted in beautiful red suede vegan leather. Luxembourg-based vegan brand Blanlac is a relatively new PETA-approved footwear designer, espousing the view that ‘our society is sufficiently endowed with sustainable natural resources to free itself from animal exploitation’. They specialise in elegant, classic styles (they also do some lower-heeled vegan court shoes), with all their shoes produced in Italy and made from innovative Italian eco-friendly fabrics.
Azar II Leopard High Heeled Vegan Court Shoes by Cult of Coquette
Cult of Coquette is a US vegan brand, founded by Bebe Mehr, who was running a boutique in Tucson, Arizona. In 2008, she made the decision to stop eating meat and make an effort to sell only cruelty-free fashions. It was then she realized what an immense void there was in the market for items that were stylish, high quality, cruelty-free AND ethically made. In 2014, after moving to Los Angeles, she decided to start Coquette and make the Louboutin-esque pumps she always adored, but instead using cruelty-free materials. The first collection consisted of these Azar pumps in 10 colours. She then decided to take some time to learn more about the design and shoe-making process, and to find a factory that shared her beliefs and vision for an ethically-based company. She recently was lucky enough to not only find that, but also one that was also 100% woman owned, and has just relaunched the brand with a new collection consisting of 6 styles in a variety of colors and materials.
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.
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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