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Ethically Made Women’s Vegan Shoes

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On the lookout for ethically-made women’s vegan shoes? Put your best foot forward with my top UK finds, featuring brands such as Veja and Novesta.

I’ve spoken before about the ethical dilemma of leather vs. non-leather and six months on I’ll still not entirely sure what the answer is.  Personally, as a vegetarian, I’m happy to wear vintage or secondhand leather or new vegetable-tanned leather. Equally, I understand that not everyone is happy wearing leather.

If you’re not happy wearing animal-based products then I’ve been on the lookout for some stylish women’s vegan shoes that are ethically made.  I think I’ve done alright – I’ve found a selection for most occasions that I think you’ll love:

The Ethically Made Women’s Vegan Shoes Brands

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Here are some lovely women’s vegan shoes, from the top:

Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin (£71) make beautiful women’s vegan shoes. I’m a little bit in love with these teal Oxford-style vegan heels.  Alas, they only have them left in small sizes otherwise I’d have these in a heartbeat…

Boheme

Boheme is another manufacturer of beautiful vegan shoes for women. These ethical tan brogues (£87) are so pretty.  I do like a good pair of brogues, they make wonderful shoes for autumn.

Ethletic

If trainers are more your thing, then Ethletic footwear is proud to offer an ethical alternative to leather trainers. Their vegan trainers are made with organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, the rubber soles are FSC certified and sourced responsibly, and the rubber is fairly traded. Seeking to tick every ethical box for footwear, Ethletic is a fair-trade company, with the environment and sustainability at the core of what they do.

In addition, the pioneering Fairtrade rubber project pays a Fairtrade social premium for every kilo of rubber used in the production of these trainers. The rubber tappers then decide how to use their income to improve their living and working conditions. Almost every material used is fair trade and ecologically certified so you can wear these shoes with a clean conscience.

Find them on sale in the UK at Ethical Superstore*, from £54.

Good News

Good News signature low-top vegan trainers are sustainably made from organic and recycled materials.

The uppers are made from bio-degradable natural oatmeal organic cotton sourced. Meanwhile, the organic cotton laces are threaded through recycled metal eyelets. And what’s more, the soles are made from recycled material – a mix of car tyres and old rubber shoes!

Find these women’s vegan shoes at Young British Designers* for £80. Use the discount code YBD10 for 10% off at Young British Designers. Please note this code cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Novesta

Novesta’s vegan trainers are made with a cotton upper and a natural rubber sole. What’s more, they are made in Slovakia, giving them a lower carbon footprint. Find them on sale in the UK at Toast for £55.

Toms

Good old TOMS UK* has some funky women’s vegan shoes in stock.  I love this zebra print pair (£39.99) – they’d look great with skinny jeans.

Wills Vegan Shoes

Wills Vegan Shoes* make eco-friendly women’s vegan shoes (and for men too). These are all ethically made in Italy & Portugal under European Union employment, discrimination, and health & safety laws.  These directives ensure that workers receive equal pay, maternity, and parental leave, as well as other benefits.

The shoes themselves are made from vegan leather created with bio oil sourced from organic cereal crops grown in Northern Europe.  The rest of their products are manufactured from Ecolabel certified vegan leathers and suedes made in Italy and Spain. Meanwhile, most of their outer soles are made from natural rubber. Finally, their insoles are made in Spain from recycled rubber.

What’s more, their online store operates a plastic-free Carbon Neutral supply chain using sustainable materials.  It’s no surprise that Ethical Consumer has ranked Wills Vegan Shoes as one of the most ethical shoe retailers out there.  

Veja Vegan Shoes

VEJA is not a completely vegan footwear brand, however, they do have many women’s vegan shoe options in their collections, making it well worth a look in your hunt for ethical and vegan shoes.

This organic, fair trade and ethical brand uses eco-conscious fabrics such as recycled and organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and sustainably harvested wild rubber to make their shoes. What’s more, workers are paid a fair price. Find them for sale in the UK at Working Class Heroes.

Which vegan shoes are your favourite? And when your shoes reach the end of their life, here’s how you can recycle your old shoes correctly.

Ethical Fashion, Life & Style

Your Ethical Style: Kayleigh Innes

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Today Kayleigh Innes is sharing her ethical style with Moral Fibres readers.  Kayleigh is based in Scotland and as well as being a student, is also an ethical fashion and beauty blogger AND a photography editor.  I’m honoured that she took some time out of her busy schedule to take part in today’s Your Ethical Style!

Over to Kayleigh:

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Hi Kayleigh, can you share with us three fun facts about you? 

1.  My papa is a photographer, and when I was younger he taught me how to use all his beautiful old film cameras. Now, I collect vintage cameras dating back to the 30s and 40s.

2.  I have a bald patch on my head from when I fell as a child and cracked my skull.

3.  I’ve watched all nine seasons of The Office US, from start to finish, five times.  I’m obsessed!

Where are your favourite places to shop for ethical clothing?

Your ethical shopping guide which lists some of my favourite shops. However I mostly buy from charity/thrift stores or from some of my favourite brands; such as People Tree*, or from the ASOS Green Room.

What’s the last ethical item that you bought?

I’ve bought lots of wee bits and pieces but the last big purchase that I made was an Urban Country pink felt satchel for Uni.

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Is there anything ethical or secondhand that you are lusting over at the moment? 

I’m obsessed with the Love Sweater from Chinti and Parker*, but it’s a little bit out of my price range.

Do you have a top tip for shopping ethically?

If you don’t have a big budget, then charity or vintage shops are probably the easiest and cheapest ways to shop ethically.

 Is there anything you find difficult about shopping ethically?

I don’t wear leather, so it’s sometimes difficult to find nice, high-quality bags or shoes that don’t have leather straps or lining.

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Where do you get your style inspiration from?

My desire to shop ethically comes from my Auntie Camilla. She also doesn’t wear leather and has lots of cool eclectic pieces from local off-beat brands.  My style inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere.  Even the looks on the pages of Vogue can be re-styled and re-created with ethical pieces.

What is your best secondhand or ethical find ever?

One year when my mum was clearing out her wardrobe I came across an awesome silk blouse, and instantly fell in love.  I don’t wear it often because I’m scared to damage it, but it’s still one of my favourite items in my wardrobe.

What would be your ultimate thrifted find?

I bought a gorgeous little vintage navy & tan handbag, and every time I wore it I got tons of compliments.  It was such a good bag, but after years and years of use the strap finally broke and I’ve never been able to find another quite as nice.

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Finally, Kayleigh, can you share three ethical style tips with us:

1.  If you’ve got a bit of extra cash to spend, invest in some quality, staple pieces that you know you’ll get a lot of wear out of and will last you years.

2.  Customise vintage pieces with lace, studs, or new buttons to make them more unique and modern, and full of ethical style.

3.  Keep checking back in thrift/vintage/charity shops for hidden gems, you never know when something great is going to pop up and you have to be quick to swoop in and get it!