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By Katy Caric
A 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’.
A well-crafted heeled shoe should have a padded toe (since that’s where your weight is), a sturdy metal-reinforced heel, and of course, a durable upper.
Here, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best vegan high heels to lift your spirits – and your style!
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!
Price: around $150
These kitten heels make 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.
Price: Around $600
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?
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.
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.
Price: around $250
Shoes of Prey is the perfect place for the design-led vegan, because you can bascially 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!
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 Abelia 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.
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?
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!
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.
Price: around $268
Main image and image 2: Veerah