If Brazil is the undisputed queen of sexy jelly shoes (Melissa, Grendha, etc.) then Canada is the queen of EVA shoes of questionable fashionability (I’m not sure there is such a word as fashionability, but if not, there ought to be). I’m sure you all know Crocs come from Canada and while the originals were about as fashionable as Ugg (ugh) boots, they are for some reason extremely popular. They’ve improved a bit as far as design goes and actually have some reasonably pretty shoes nowadays for women, though they are not in my good books right now as my Carlie peep toes have been absolutely killing the backs of my heels and costing me heaps of cash in plasters.
Aaaaanyway… Although I am yet to update my travel blog on the matter (it’s coming), I am currently in the Philippines, where I have come across a shop selling these shoes by Native. They’re also from Canada, also made out of that ultra-light, supposedly breathable EVA material and also vegan. On the other hand, they’re perforated for better air circulation and look like funky retro trainers/sneakers, rather than something that came off the end of Mickey Mouse’s foot. I’m sure the real fashion royalty among you are going to be horrified by the thought of EVA shoes of any sort (I do believe it’s some sort of plastic or rubber that’s meant to be eco friendly), but these do come in all kinds of mad and fun colours and make super cute summer or beach shoes. There are a few other designs too, all modeled after classic trainers styles – loafers, etc. and they come in sizes to fit both men and women.
I’ve managed to find some on Endless in the US and Amazon in the UK.
Lovely lovely Olsenhaus! These gorgeous boots have cut out bits so may not be the most practical of winter boots but they are so beautiful, I’m willing to overlook that part.
Check out their pretty blue platforms and chunky heels! These, like many other Olsenhaus shoes and boots, are made out of recycled TV screens. The microfiber suede looks a lot like real suede but as I gather, it doesn’t mark when wet, as it’s not real suede. Bonus!
These also come in taupe or brown. I think they’re probably past season’s, as the black ones seem to be reduced.
You can get them from Endless.com
Well, autumn is definitely here and so are all the autumn collections. This season’s Olsen Haus collection has all kinds of interesting finds in it – lots of big wedges and somewhat crazy shoes, alongside a couple of cool knee high boots. I liked these because they are simple enough to wear every day and yet beautifully made and definitely “designer”. Maybe it’s because the only way I can foresee paying designer prices for shoes is if I get a lot of wear out of them, year after year and some of the new shoes and boots in the range are just a bit too big and weird for me (though I do like the wooden wedge one very much!)
Check out the full range at Olsen Haus.
I usually use Twitter to spread the word about shoes featured on this blog, but sometimes it actually delivers cool vegan shoes to me. In this case, it actually delivered a vegan shop and I found these cool sneakers / trainers on there. These are made out of natural cotton (the uppers) and recycled car tyres and natural rubber (soles). They look really casual and comfortable and are made by Simple Shoes who have a whole ethical thing going on as well.
You can probably get these from all kinds of places, but why not buy from The Chocolate Shoebox and support a vegan owned and run business? They’re in Seattle, but you can order stuff online from wherever.
I got contacted by Petra Holíková, the designer of this beautiful vegan shoes and it made me very happy. Aren’t these amazing? Click the image to go to a bigger image where you can get a really good look! They’re all made of natural cotton and rubber, so very eco friendly and the designs are pretty unique and very beautiful. If you’re anything like me then you’ll be keen to get your hands on these shoes and the good news is that even though these were a project for Holíková ‘s design MA, you will be able to get them very soon.
The bad news it that they’re only coming out in August or September and the site that will sell them is in Slovakia. Still, it’s got English on it, so you won’t need to struggle with a foreign language to own these. I can’t wait myself!
When the time comes, you’ll be able to buy them from Novesta
These ultra cute interchangeable vegan sandals were recommended to me by reader Rebecca (thanks, Rebecca!). They’re called Mohops and apart from this flattish heel, they also come in a kitten and a wedge. They’re quite expensive for sandals, but not when you take into account the fact that you can tie them in like a million ways so they’re effectively a whole load of sandals in one. Oh yeah, and if thongs are not your thing, check out these mouthwateringly hot wedges. What I like about these is that the soles are made of wood, that’s right, actual wood. It’s so rare to find vegan shoes with actual wooden soles and these are all from sustainable resources too.
Beautiful shoes with endless possibilities. I like! You get 7 different ribbons to tie them with and instructions on how to do it, which I like even more.
Get them from Mohops.
I just realised it’d been only women’s shoes on here recently and not even flats! So let’s take a moment to go back to earthier times, with a pair of lovely, ethical shoes for the country gentleman (or the urban gentleman who’s got an eye for that tweedy, retro-esque style). These lovely “Exeter Shoes” are based on an Oxford shoe lace up style and are hand made in the UK by Green Shoes, a small, ethical and eco company. You can order their shoes in a variety of vegan colours, including some less common ones for men’s shoes such as red, purple and green. Their shoes are not cheap, but they are very reasonable when you consider the amount of work that goes into them and the fact that they will last you more or less a lifetime (and can be cheaply resoled to extend their life even further).
I love this company. Check out their traditional satchel bags, too!
You can get these from Green Shoes.
These black faux suede and silvery mesh heels from Olsen Haus are like something straight out of the new Tron movie. I like how classy and simple the design is, while also being quite clever and futuristic. Really, with hot designer shoes like these, you don’t really need to worry too much about the rest of your outfit. A simple but expertly designed black dress would do, though I personally would try and find a little bit of extra silver to match these to. I’m sure that breaks a million fashion rules, but hey, who cares. These shoes need to be celebrated.
You can get them from Olsen Haus. They cost $255.
It’s almost spring! So I’ve decided to write about these lovely green satin party heels by Beyond Skin.
They have a delicate striped pattern that’s almost understatedly retro, but mostly they’re shiny and a little bit sparkly (they have a diamante buckle).
Great for spring and summer parties or your holiday in Monaco.
If you don’t know about Beyond Skin yet, check them out. They’re a British company based in Brighton and they make beautiful shoes.
In the USA, you can buy these from Amazon / Endless.
You may remember the totally very beautiful and unique recycled rice bag shoes I wrote about some time ago. Well, here’s another take on the genre, this time from Keen shoes, who seem to make sort of outdoorsy, sporty shoes. These effectively mary jane trainers and are made with woven strips of recycled rice bags. Apparently each one is slightly different, because of the different bags they use. Very cute concept. They remind me of those recycled bags you can get sometimes.
I don’t like these quite as much as the Wear Every Day ones, but they do look sporty and are especially designed to be comfy, plus apparently Keen are big on social responsibility and ethics.
You can get these straight from the Keen site.
These lovely shoes are now on SALE! They’re by Beyond Skin, whose shoes are handmade in an ethical and usually eco-friendly fashion.
I love how the modern court shoe look blends with the pretty vintage pattern. These are just so totally hip.
Definitely not a common shoe. Not sure about the name, though. They are called “Maggie” and the first Maggie that springs to my mind is Maggie Thatcher. I hope and assume it’s another Maggie that inspired these, as they are way way too sweet to be named after that mean old bag.
You can get them from Beyond Skin.
Is it a boot? Is it a shoe? What is it? what does it do? I don’t know but I don’t care. I just know I want a pair!
OK, that came out a bit too nursery rhyme there. I blame the cat, who kept me awake half the night because she was scared of the rain. Sleep deprivation is nasty.
But back to the shoes…I even like the crazy orange colour and, rather than reject it on the grounds that I most likely have nothing that would go with these, I am already thinking what I could buy that would go with these. They are just that cool.
These are, of course, Olsen Haus originals, made from their favourite recycled materials – TV screens and microfibre. Coolness on so many levels.
You can get them (somehow) via the Olsen Haus website.
These have been around for a while, but I just saw them pop up on my Amazon widget and realised I’ve never actually featured them properly. They are by Olsen Haus, so ethical and eco-friendly, as well as vegan. Personally, I like the brown and red combination, even though it’s not the sort of colour combination I’d expect to like. Same goes for the fabric and “suede” combination. The strap is cool too, but I did expect to like the strap.
You can get them from Amazon.com
Actually, these are technically unisex, but I am calling them men’s shoes because A. they look pretty manly and B. it’s been a while since I’ve had anything about vegan men’s shoes on here and I’ve just picked up some new Twitter followers who are decidedly male.
These high tops are made by Vegetarian Shoes in Europe out of hemp and microfibre so are eco-friendly, durable and ethically produced. They are nice and chunky and, while supposedly casual / skate shoes, are actually quite smart-casual. You could totally rock a hipster look in these.
You can get them from Vegetarian Shoes.
I got so excited about these I accidentally posted this yesterday. If you were fast enough, you got a sneak preview. I could have let you have it, but no. You only get one post a day so here it is.
I gotta say that these utterly delectable vegan boots from Cri de Coeur are making me want to do things to shoes that shouldn’t be discussed in polite company. They have an actual wooden platform – not fake plastic wood. This makes me happy in a special way.
Unlike most shoes with a real wooden platform, though, they are made out of fake suede and fabric, without any leather in sight. The fact that they are also ethical and eco-friendly makes them even sexier.
I think I may actually be in love. Why don’t you run along now and look at them, so I can stay on my own for a little while and look at them too?
You can get them from Endless.com. For $390. Sigh.