The best ethical vegan slippers for women will keep you cozy and warm all winter – and beyond!
By Roberta Fabbrocino
Nice loungewear can make us feel right at home. Comfy. Relaxed. I’m talking second-skin pyjamas, and of course, ethical vegan slippers. I mean, slippers are absolutely essential in the colder weather. Cold, damp feet make your whole body feel nasty. On the other hand, a pair of plush, cozy slippers are as comforting as a hot bath.
Slippers are also ideal for keeping your house cleaner. Treading on your floors in street shoes drags in all kinds of unmentionables, from dog doo and chewing gum remnants to pollution and pesticides. Yuk! Best to kick off your kicks and slip into some slippers instead.
But there are certain caveats we need to watch out for when choosing a good pair of sustainable slippers. For example, while we give the thumbs up to recycled materials, footwear made of new polyester or nylon just isn’t OK. And of course, if you care about animals (and the planet), it’s essential to avoid two of the most typical materials used for slippers: wool, fur and leather (usually suede).
The good news is, you can get all the coziness and softness of animal-based materials with synthetic ones that don’t actually harm the planet! Hard to believe? Keep reading to see some of the best ethical vegan slippers for women, perfect for winter – or any season!
The Best Ethical Vegan Slippers For Women
Available in beige, rust and black, these minimalist slippers are made from recycled materials. Specifically, nylon and polyester. Even the sole is made out of recycled rubber. But the best part? The quilted upper, combined with the luscious lining are ‘like a duvet for your feet.’ Isn’t that exactly what you’re looking for in a sustainable slipper?
Price: Around $60
Best for: Slipping on when you’re working from home.
Here’s another pair of vegan slippers made from recycled materials. Discarded PET bottles and textile waste is broken down and processed into new fibres to create these fluffy, pink slippers. Not only does this pair save rubbish from landfill, but they also save the water, energy and greenhouse-gas emissions that new materials would require. Plus, who wouldn’t love some super-soft, cotton-candy-ish slippers hugging their feet?
Best for: Decadent girly-girls. I mean, pink! Plus, those hearts, right?
Vegan slippers can be cute and fun. You’re probably seen ‘monster’ slippers, unicorn slippers, ‘bear claw’ slippers….and if you can’t find them, you can have them made! Love Takes Care is a one-woman company that takes custom slipper orders. You can simply choose the colour and size, or you can really go crazy and ask for something truly unique, like these little froggy slippers, below. No matter what you decide on, they’ll be handmade from organic, naturally dyed cotton.
Price: From around $30
Best for: Wearing to bed to keep your tootsies toasty.
Price: Around $86
Best for: Looking chic at home
Ethically made in Portugal, Dooeys’ vegan slippers are more like indoor shoes. They’re comfortable and lightweight, and sustainable, thanks to the use of recycled polyester, recycled plastic bottles, coconut husks and cork that’s used to make them. What’s more, Dooeys is all about small batch production and slow fashion. What’s not to love?
Price: Around $118
Best for: Wearing at home, outside, or even on the beach
As you could probably guess from the name, Corkor uses mainly all-natural cork to create their vegan accessories. As you probably know, cork is an abrasion and water-resistant material, and is also anti-bacterial. Perfect for feet, in other words! Local Portuguese artisans carry out the production of Corkor’s shoes and accessories, which are all also produced in small batches.
Best for: Slipping on after a hot bath.
After meeting in a footwear design class, Jessica Taylor Mead and Elizabeth Thomas James launched a sustainable, vegan luxury footwear brand in 2018. Their pieces are unique and edgy, meticulously designed and handcrafted, using FSC-certified timber, castor beans, and recycled plastic bottles. And get this: not only are they are 100% PETA approved, but they also donate 1% of their sales to nonprofits like 1% For The Planet. Their vegan slippers come in three colours, and are super-elegant and luxurious, and feature a Middle Eastern style.
Best for: Wearing indoors, or out!
Fancy feeling like you’re walking on clouds? Allkind’s PETA certified vegan slippers are for you! This British brand only uses eco-friendly, high-quality vegan materials like organic cotton and cork. Committed to being a carbon-negative business that gives back, they’ve partnered up with Ecology, and also donate 5% of their profits to PETA, The Rainforest Trust, and other ecological associations. Their faux sheepskin slippers feature cork on the outside, and fluffy organic cotton on the inside.
Price: Around $125
Best for: Wearing in front of the fireplace, whilst reading a book and sipping some hot chocolate!
At Rawganique, they grow, weave, knit and sew plastic-free clothing and footwear with organic cotton, linen, and hemp. Of course, all of their products are sweatshop-free and are manufactured in-house in the USA and EU. One of our favourite pairs of ethical vegan slippers on this list are their hemp house slippers. Inspired by the tradition of the Japanese to take their street shoes off at the door, these house slippers are not only vegan, but are so eco-friendly, they’re actually fully biodegradable!
Best for: Bringing a touch of Japan to your wardrobe
These lightweight, breathable vegan slippers have an organic cotton exterior, and a memory foam interior that completely molds to your foot. While they’re not as eco-friendly as some of the other ethical slippers on our list, we thought we’d include them here for their low price. At under $10, this is eco-luxury on a budget!
Baggucor’s organic cotton slippers come in a wide variety of sizes and colours, and feature a non-slip sole, too.
Price: Around $9
Best for: Those on a budget