By Katy Caric
For most women, a great pair of heels can instantly boost confidence. For me, it’s a no brainer, choosing between flat shoes that may be comfy, but make me feel squat and mousy, or heels that elongate my legs, accentuate my calves and make me feel taller, more confident and ‘present’.
‘But wait!’ I hear you say. ‘Heels are just so…uncomfortable.” And I get it – they certainly can be. But a well-crafted heeled shoe will make strutting simple. It should have a padded toe (since that’s where your weight is), a sturdy metal-reinforced heel, and of course, a durable upper. Personally, I find that a bit of a platform and a chunky heel are the two key qualities that make it easier to walk in heels – stilettos are tough for even the most experienced heel-lover, and they tend to get stuck in sidewalk cracks and sewer grates!
Willing to give some taller cruelty-free shoes a try? Here, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best vegan high heels to lift your spirits – and your style.
1. Love Sofie
Night on the town? Big date? These vegan heels – which are made ethically in Spain from recycled polyester plant leather – will be your new dancing shoes. They have a small built-in platform at the front that adds extra comfort and height – and just look at those sexy straps!
The style: Love Sofie has tons of great vegan heels, but my favourite style is the strappy Jazz. Price: around $150
All of Stella’s shoes are vegan, but frankly, some of them are a bit too chunky for my taste. So finding these kitten heels really made me want to purr! Designed to fit like a glove, they’re made in Italy from leopard print satin, and are set on a 70mm heel with an elasticated slingback strap that’s super comfortable. They look just as cool with jeans as they do with slinky dresses.
The style: Leopard print satin slingback pumps Price: Around $350
Beyond Skin was born in 2001, to make shoes that were stylish and cruelty-free. Since then they’ve been putting vegan glamour in everyone’s step (including avid fan Natalie Portman. ) They have constantly updated their manufacturing process with new sustainable techniques, and today, 70% of the soles of their heels come from recycled cardboard and they have started to integrate recycled polyurethane into that purple lining. I love these hologram heels because somehow, they just seem a bit Cinderella-ish, right?
The style: Paris hologram glitter pumps Price: $175
Nae Vegan makes all their heels with the best practices of an ethical/eco-friendly workplace. They produce their shoes at a CO2-free manufacturing facility in Portugal using sustainable materials like Oeko-Tex certified microfiber, cork, pineapple leaf fibres, and get this: recycled airbags. My pick? The Adri sandal in black – for me, these evoke dancing the night away in sultry Buenos Aires.
The style: Delicate strappy sandals with an ankle strap for easier walking Price: around $100
Every shoe made by Nemanti Milano is a work of art, ethically crafted from vegan leather. Their newest collection uses Alcantara, a material that produces zero CO2 emissions, faux leather that comes from the refuse of grain production and pellemela, a faux leather derived from apple cores. Their classic Stresa ankle boot can also be worn as a heeled shoe – perfect for both jeans and dresses, no matter what the season.
The style: A classic, low-cut ankle bootie Price: around $250
Shoes of Prey is the perfect place for the design-led vegan, because you can basically design your own heels. First pick out your materials, then your style, embellishments, and your toe shape. Then they come up with a 3D model of the shoe before they make it. Prefer your heels a bit chunkier? You’ll love the Lungo style, below. They certainly are more comfy and easier to walk in!
The style: A chunky heeled open backed pump with an elastic slingback Price: $150
Matt & Nat was inspired by the idea of synergy between nature and the materials in nature. They started with stylish, practical, vegan bags – and now they also make stylish, practical, vegan shoes, like this sweet Joan style below, made from smooth vegan PU. Perfect for the warmer weather, their height is ideal for anyone not too used to walking in higher heels.
The style: A mule with a low, chunky heel and a serious colour pop to make a monochrome outfit stand out more Price: $95
8. Susi Studio
Susi Studio was started by Bianca Moran with the belief that women shouldn’t have to compromise on style to uphold their values. She now uses recycled microsuede to create banging 70’s influenced designs, like these Emma platform shoes, below, which come in 7 colours – all of which are made by ethical suppliers in Hong Kong and Portugal. Can you imagine these paired with a Reformation maxi dress?
The style: A fun, disco-era platform with strong ankle straps to ensure they don’t slip off! Price: $115
9. Bhava Studio
T-barred and mid-heeled, Bhava Studio’s Rooney shoe is perfect for the woman who loves a retro vibe. The brand creates shoes that provide a better alternative for animals, the planet, for the workers, and you – in fact, the maximum heel they produce is the highest doctors recommend you can walk in safely – 3 inches. No closet is complete without a comfy black pump that goes with everything!
The style: A 30’s inspired T-bar with a mid-height heel Price: $249
10. Veerah: Florence
Why have one pair of shoes when you can have two? All Veerah heels come with the option of adding clip on accessories like straps, brooches, bows or fringes to make their basic pumps far more versatile. And of course, this vegan brand uses a range of amazing materials like cork, apple, peel, and recycled PET plastics.
The style: Chic, classic stilettos with a rock chick fringe Price: around $268
Main image and image 2: Veerah
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