Why: I won’t blame you if you don’t have the most positive associations with vegan footwear. In the past, animal-friendly shoes have had a reputation for androgynous designs and shoddy construction.
But you no longer have to sacrifice style or quality for your ecological values. Today’s vegan footwear is downright fashion forward. Perfect for casual summer afternoons, Vegan Chic offers a wide variety from Simple Shoes. There are a variety of stylish options, ranging from hemp casual shoes with a recycled car tire outsole($50) to organic cotton gladiator sandals ($64.99).
For something a little dressier, check out the divine selections from Neuaura. There are simply charming synthetic leather peep-toe flats with an ankle strap for $109 or super-chic thong sandals in either gold or silver that will rev up any outfit ($94).