Where would we be without our trusted vegan 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. The Immaculate Five Best Vegan Ankle Boots article from last year is one of the most popular on the site. So I thought it was time for a revisit, incorporating new styles for Spring / Summer 19.
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. The below are just a few of my favourites – so you’re bound to find that perfect pair of vegan boots for the season ahead. Don’t forget to check out these in the Immaculate Vegan Shop section too.
Althea Vegan Boots in Grey by Blanlac
Blanlac is a relatively new PETA-approved vegan brand, 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 have some beautiful high-heeled court shoes), with all their footwear produced in Italy and made from innovative Italian eco-friendly fabrics.
Morton Vegan Boots in Black by Matt & Nat
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 sweater.
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 vegan 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.
Billie Vegan Boots in Camel by Susistudio
These Billie vegan boots (which also come in black) by LA-based vegan brand Susi Studio 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). They’re 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). Susi Studio 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.
Low Vegan Boots in Amber Velvet by Sydney Brown
This low ankle boot in plush amber velvet (it also comes in black and wine) 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!
Blondie Vegan Boots in Black by Bhava Studio
Yes, this is another pair of vegan boots by Bhava, but they really do have the best collection out there! These bestselling Blondie vegan boots are one of their signature styles, and you can see why. These are also available in Ivory and Cherry, and at 3″ high they’re the perfect height to take you from day to night. Bhava rigorously test their boots on the streets on New York to make sure they pass the durability and comfort test. The Blondie can also 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 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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