Looking for some of the best vegan heels to strut your stuff in? These are sexy, chic and ethical!
By Katy Caric
For most women, a great pair of vegan heels can instantly boost confidence. For me, it’s a no brainer. If I have to choose 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, I’ll take the heels every time!
‘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 cobblestones, sidewalk cracks and sewer grates!
How To Walk In Vegan Heels
If you’re like me and could use some tips on how to walk in vegan heels, never fear. I’ve asked shoe expert Kaya Capriole for some advice. Here’s what she had to say:
“Firstly, choose your heels wisely. For example, find a heel-height that works for you and don’t start off with stilettos if you’re not an experienced heel wearer; your confidence will shine if you’re wearing a pair that don’t make you nervous from the outset!
Secondly, focus on your posture; keep your head up, shoulders back, chest out and back straight. This might sound simple but it’ll make the world of difference. Good posture will help you find balance, making you more stable on your shoes. If anything’s the key to wearing high heels successfully, it’s this! Of course, focusing on your posture whilst walking isn’t easy. One trick you can use to guide you is focusing on your destination ahead, choosing something specific in the distance to concentrate on.
Finally, practice makes perfect! Wear your shoes around the house to get used to how they feel. I would also recommend walking around your house on the balls of your feet to improve not only your balance but the muscles in your calves and feet.”
Ready to strut your stuff? Here, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best vegan heels to lift your spirits – and your style.
10 Of The Best Vegan Heels
All of Stella’s shoes are vegan, but frankly, some of them are a bit too chunky for my taste. So finding these slinky, kitten-heeled sandals really made me want to purr!
Designed to fit like a glove, they’re made in Italy from all luxurious vegan materials. With their heavy chain embellishment (very chic this season!), they look just as cool with jeans as they do with elegant dresses.
The style: Kitten-heeled vegan sandals that just scream ‘designer chic’!
Price: Around $485
You wanna get high? Because that’s exactly what’s going to happen when you slip on NAK’s Jackie pumps! The towering stiletto combine with an open toe to make your legs look fabulous. – perfect for a big date! These cruelty-free heels are made in Italy, and it shows. There’s a serious attention to detail here that characterises Italian craftsmanship. A subtle, hidden platform provides extra comfort and height.
The style: A classically designed pump that’s for experienced heel-users only
Price: Around $120
These vegan heels were apparently inspired by a beautiful woman one of the NAE designers saw at the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. It’s not really surprising: the leg-extending pointed toe and lipstick pink hue of this model screams ‘French girl chic’ to us!
We love this brand, because they only use conscious materials, such as recycled plastics, Piñatex, recycled rubber, or organic cotton. They never use harmful fabrics like PVC!
The style: A chunky heeled, pointed toe shoe with an ankle strap
Price: Around $130
Are you ready to slay? Cult of Coquette makes shoes for true femmes fatales. Their best-selling Sophia Pump has become an instant classic, taking you from season to season and year to year. Although it’s available in multiple colours and materials – including patent black and a cheetah print – we love the luxe gold fabric version, below, the most.
The style: A disco inspired pump with a slightly metallic sheen
Price: Around $122
Looking for a vegan heel you can wear anytime, anywhere? Look no further! 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 block heeled Chelsea boot, below.
Their chunky heel is easier to walk in than a stiletto, and the classic ankle bootie style is always chic.
The style: An elegant but kick-butt boot with a flared heel that makes strutting your stuff much easier
These might look tough to walk in, but don’t worry – the sole is heavily cushioned!
Sleek, patent vegan leather shapes the pointed-toe upper of these chic pumps with sexy side cutouts. Pair with black trousers for an office vibe, or with jeans to really stand out in the crowd.
The style: A sexy red stiletto that can be dressed up or down.
Ever had the perfect outfit but struggled to find the heels to match? Well, the hunt is officially over – now you can design the perfect pair of shoes for your wardrobe yourself!
Whether you’re looking for a kitten heel or a stiletto, a strappy sandal or a block heel, Shoenvious are giving women the platform to literally create the shoes of their dreams. With over 100+ colours and materials (including vegan fabrics and soles) to choose from, every inch of the shoe is customizable, right down to contrasting colours if that’s your style, or catering to mismatched sizes for those with differently sized feet if that’s your situation.
The style: Everything, from cute and dainty to bold, block heels
We may step into our heels to pop out for drinks. But what if the footwear you rock was made from said wine? Making waves in the luxury fashion industry, o2Monde is the first sustainable shoe made out of wine waste. Yep, you’re reading that right: the first shoe made from your favourite tipple!
Vitigna is an innovative eco-friendly “wine leather” that is a 100% plant-based bio-engineered material that feels and performs the same as conventional leather. It’s just another one of o2Monde’s eco options for vegan heels – they also offer Piñatex.
The style: Stylish stilettos and jewelled slingbacks
Allkind launched in 2020 with a clear ethos to offer beautiful and desirable, non-animal origin vegan footwear. Their core focus is around ethical and sustainable production. Passionate about using eco-materials, the brand has worked closely with experts to produce designer shoes from the finest materials. Cotton, natural or recycled rubber and upcycled fabrics are but a few of the materials they use for their vegan heels.
The style: These court shoes are a perennial classic. And we love the faux snakeskin print!
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 heels brand uses a range of amazing, planet-friendly materials like cork, apple, peel, and recycled PET plastics.
The style: Chic, classic stilettos with a rock chick fringe
Price: around $268
Main image: Cult of Coquette vegan heels Image 2: Shoenvious