For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Bhava #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Bhava
For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Eating the Goober #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Eating the Goober
For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Stella McCartney #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Stella McCartney

7 Vegan Sandals Helping You Step Lightly This Summer


Summer is almost here, and you know what that means: barely-there footwear.

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we’ve rounded up our favorite vegan sandals

Besides, for a pair of shoes that we mostly use to get from the porch to the pool, there’s no reason to harm an animal. 

And as Bhava shows us, we don’t have to. Instead, we can strap on sustainability produced vegan leather that’s free of toxins. 

Eating the Goober has a fun name—and their customizable women’s vegan sandals are just as fun. 

If you’ve just typed in “vegan sandals UK” into your search bar, we can’t leave out one of London’s best luxury cruelty-free brands: Stella McCartney

If you’re in a rush because that one flop flipped its way behind the sofa… check out the end of the article to see what made these sandals stand out.

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1. BHAVA

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Bhava #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Bhava
About Bhava

In an attempt to avoid fast fashion’s many woes and support all living beings on Earth, Bhava believes in vegan leather. 

You won’t have to sort through product descriptions or use a special search function to find only vegan sandals because all of their boots, ethical heels, wedges, flats, sandals, and more are animal-free.

Not only that, but they’re pain-free, too!

Every pair of these durable vegan sandals for women goes through a test drive (walk?) on New York City streets to ensure that they can withstand sidewalks, crosswalks, potholes, and inclement weather.

They’ve got vegan clog sandals, strappy sandals, strappy sandals with heels, and slides.

Bhava’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Vegan leather is always animal-free, but it isn’t always sustainable. In Bhava’s case, it ticks both boxes. 

Theirs is free of PVC, formaldehyde, chrome, AZO-dyes, phthalates, and aromatic amines. In fact, in Europe, it’s REACH certified as completely free from toxic chemicals. 

Most sandals are paired with cork fabric, wood, eco Ultrasuede, natural rubber, and/or organic cotton.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Bhava partners with the first 100% female-owned-and-operated footwear workshop in India, which is where some of their shoes are made.

Most pairs, however, are made in Spain, which is also where many of their materials are sourced (or nearby in Portugal, in the case of their cork). This keeps their supply chain small and easier to monitor. 

Green business practices: 

Bhava’s founder, Francisca, taught Ethical Fashion and Sustainable Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York—so she knows all about best practices and cutting-edge technology that supports environmentally and ethically conscious design. 

The use of sustainable vegan leather and other natural and renewable fibers allows the brand to keep their chemical and water use low, supporting not just the planet but also the people that work with them.

Available: Bhava

2. EATING THE GOOBER

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Eating the Goober #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Eating the Goober
About Eating the Goober

Eating a Goober is an Athens-based purse, clothing, and footwear brand that is named after a magic peanut that turns Goofy (the cartoon character) into a superhero.

What exactly does this have to do with vegan sandals? 

Metaphorically, we can all eat magical peanuts (AKA make ethical and sustainable purchases) to turn ourselves into superheroes. 

Build up your appetite and get ready to eat (try on) one of the brand’s “Ethical Magic Sliders,” or some of the coolest, most customizable, and arguably best vegan sandals for women.  

Here’s a really cool thing about these slide sandals: the upper parts are removable and can be swapped out with different designs featuring fancy, playful, and classic styles.

Infinite (er, 55 anyway) styles in one eco friendly sandal.

Eating the Goober’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

These vegan slide sandals were the 2019 Etsy Design Awards winner in the Earth-Friendly category because they’re made from natural, cruelty-free, sustainably sourced, and durable materials.

These include Piñatex (pineapple industry waste transformed into vegan leather), cork, and rubber (both natural and from upcycled car tires). 

Supply chain & labor practices:

These magical sandals are made by magical craftsmen local to Athens, Greece. Everyone is treated with respect and dignity and supported with fair compensation for their work. 

Green business practices: 

One sandal that can be worn in a variety of ways thanks to replaceable parts?!

Multi-purpose goes a long way to creating a minimalist wardrobe, after all.

Beyond that, these sandals are made with diverted materials that were destined for landfill and are designed to last. Piñatex, for instance, is naturally waterproof, flexible, and develops a patina similar to animal leather making it more durable when worn over time. 

Every order placed on Etsy is shipped carbon neutral.

Available: Etsy

3. STELLA MCCARTNEY

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Stella McCartney #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Stella McCartney
About Stella McCartney

From handbags to ethical shoes of all shapes and sizes, Stella McCartney can provide some pretty stella(r) animal-free accessories. 

While their entire range isn’t vegan (some are ethical wool-based products), Stella’s lifelong vegetarianism has certainly contributed to their focus on vegan offerings.

This also aligns with their focus on sustainability in the supply chain to make the London brand better for people and the planet—and especially, in this case, animals. 

For ethical, cruelty-free, luxury vegan leather sandals, the brand has several statement options including chunky sandals, funky-soled espadrilles, clog sandals, slide sandals, and heeled sandals.

Stella McCartney’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Materials like rubber, sustainable wood viscose, organic cotton, jute, and recycled synthetics round out many of the materials found in the brand’s greenest pairs of sandals.

However, they do also use synthetic fabrics like polyamide, polyester, and polyurethane (PU)—the latter being a common component of microfiber vegan leather.

Admittedly, it’s not our favorite material but it’s at least better than PVC (one of the worst types of plastic)

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The vast majority of the materials come from Italy, although they do source some fabrics from Portugal, China, India, Spain, and Hungary. 

Committed to an ethical supply chain, Stella McCartney reports annually to the Ethical Trading Initiative to confirm that their manufacturing partners continue to adhere to strict standards regarding things like hours, working conditions, and prohibition of abuse or harassment. 

Green business practices: 

In recent years, Stella McCartney has made great strides towards reducing their impact. They measure their carbon footprint as well as pollution, waste, and water use, and take steps to minimize these. 

All this is viewable in the Eco Impact Report.

They’re also trying to embrace the circular economy, which is why they’ve partnered with TheRealReal (an online fashion resale site) and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Community & charitable giving:

Over the years, Stella McCartney has partnered with and supported a range of organizations such as the ASPCA, Meat Free Monday, and Animals Asia

Available: Stella McCartney

4. TEVA

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by @steveakation for Teva #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by @steveakation for Teva
About Teva

Teva is all about expression and exploration and making better decisions when it comes to protecting our planet. 

Some of these decisions include incorporating animal-free and recycled materials in their vegan hiking sandals for both men and women. So strap on your Dorados, don your go-to sustainable outdoor clothing, and head for the hills!

Just keep in mind that not all Teva sandals are vegan so be sure to navigate to their vegan styles.

Teva’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Teva’s vegan sandals are made with traceable and verifiable REPREVE polyester, meaning that you’ll be wearing about four recycled plastic bottles on your feet!

Some pairs also feature straps made from recycled polyester. 

The footbed is made with “robust EVA made for all-day adventuring”. This is blended with nylon for stabilization and support and rubber for durability and traction. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

In line with the Sustainable Development Goals, Teva is committed to positively impacting the communities in which they work. They have industry-leading human rights practices designed to support their entire supply chain. 

All manufacturing partners must adhere to a strict code of conduct that prohibits child labor, forced labor, and prison labor, and also enforces fair wage laws. 

Green business practices: 

Teva’s women’s and men’s vegan sandals should never end up in a landfill thanks to their TevaForever recycling program. Simply mail back your pair of well-loved Teva sandals to be responsibly recycled. 

Additionally, they recycle what they can at the production level and work to reduce water and energy consumption.

Their commitment to incorporate more responsible and sustainable materials is somewhat recent, so expect to see more recycled, renewable, and natural materials in coming years. 

Inclusivity: 

Creating an inclusive culture is important for Teva and they are taking steps to empower their diverse employee community. 

This year they received a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index, the U.S.’s leading survey to assess LGBTQ workplace equality. 

Community & charitable giving:

Last year alone half a million dollars was donated by Teva and their family of brands to the NAACP, the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and many other organizations.

Available: Teva

5. INDOSOLE

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Indosole #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Indosole
About Indosole

Indosole was inspired by Bali.

While holidaying there, Indosole founder Kyle Parsons noticed that many of their sandals were made with upcycled motorbike tires. Seeing this as an excellent way to repurpose resources, he decided to bring recycled tire flip flops to a global customer base.

Decades later, these black vegan sandals (although they now come in several colors) are found the world over. 

Why so popular? 

Because they’re designed to be non-slip and are ready for all-terrain use; perfect if you want adventure—without needing to squeeze into a pair of ethical boots.  

They make recycled flip flops, slides, cross strapped sandals, and platform sandals for men, women, and kids.

Indosole’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Obviously, these utilize recycled motorbike tire soles, but they also offer an equally impressive pair of straps. 

Called ENVRO fiber, the vegan leather is free of animal-free, cruelty-free, plastic-free, low-impact, and waterproof. It also doesn’t require a significant amount of water during production. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

As you may have gathered from their name, most of Indosole’s supply chain is located in Indonesia, including the local garages that provide the tires. 

The Certified B Corp prioritized supporting such local artisans with gainful employment, safe working environments, and fair pay. 

Community & charitable giving:

Flip flop your way to a future for all, thanks to Indosole’s contributions to Good Humans.

They define those as anyone and everyone who “spreads positivity, lives responsibly, takes care of our natural environment, and inspires others to pursue their interests and passions to the fullest.”

Available: Indosole

6. NAE

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by NAE #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by NAE
About NAE

A brand like NAE with the slogan “No Animal Exploitation” is obviously a good place to look for animal free sandals. 

This PETA-approved footwear brand is based in Portugal and has a range of trendy and classy slides, wedges, boots, pumps, sneakers, and sandals in so many different styles for both men and women.

They also have a selection of vegan purses for a full animal-free way to accessorize.

NAE’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Pinatex, organic cotton, cork, recycled PET, recycled car tires, vegan leather, and vegan velvet are the main materials that might find themselves strapped to your foot. The vegan leather is made with OEKO-TEX certified microfiber blended with a bit of polyurethane. 

Looking for vegan sandals with arch support?

That’s possible with NAE, all thanks to a firm footbed made with natural rubber and cork. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

All of the vegan sandals are beautifully handmade by talented artisans in Portugal who are provided with a safe work environment and fair wages. 

Green business practices: 

NAE also use sustainable materials and practices to do so. The vegan leather, for instance, is produced in a carbon-neutral manner. 

They also cut down water and chemical use whenever possible. 

Inclusivity: 

Thanks to brands like NAE, gender neutral clothes and shoes are catching on in the world of fashion

Community & charitable giving:

The brand’s recycled PET comes from their partnership with the ReMove Project, which gathers ocean plastic waste to be transformed into products.

Throughout the years, NAE has also regularly supported PETA by sending them a portion of sales from certain styles.  

Available: NAE

7. ROTHY’S

For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Rothys #veganshoes #sustainablejungle
Image by Rothy’s
About Rothy’s

Rothy’s likes to do things a little differently.

They are well on their way to making ethical vegan shoes using a closed-loop production model (coming soon in 2023). They own and operate their own factory in China. They also use 3D technology to minimize waste without compromising on comfort. 

And their earth-friendly footwear is machine-washable.

They make vegan sandals for women only, in styles that include The Knot, The Flip Flop, and The Wrap Sandal.

Rothy’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Repurposed plastic water bottles get transformed into Rothy’s signature thread. So far, this has kept more than 78,000,000 bottles out of landfills and oceans. 

That’s combined with an algae-based foam footbed (in the case of the flip flops), or plant-based materials and vegan leather outsoles in the other styles. 

Supply chain & labor practices: 

They design the shoes in San Francisco, then take care of every other step in the supply chain in their own factory in Dongguan, China. 

Green business practices: 

In addition to minimizing waste and using recycled materials (including the packing materials), these comfortable vegan sandals are partially carbon neutral, thanks to Rothy’s support for The Envira Amazonia Project. 

Their 3D printing and handcrafting are already pretty progressive, but if Rothy’s actually achieves full circularity with their shoes, that (as far as we know) is unheard of for the footwear industry!

Available: Rothy’s

HOW WE FOUND THE BEST VEGAN SANDALS

Ethical and sustainable fashion can be hard to come by—especially when only vegan materials are used. But these vegan shoe brands (or at least brands with vegan shoe options) all passed with flying colors.

Here’s how: 

Materials: 

Vegan leather isn’t always the most eco-friendly choice, but for most of these brands, their vegan leather is top-notch. 

For most, their vegan leather is either made in a way that minimizes water and chemical usage, made out of a byproduct of the pineapple industry, from renewable and natural materials (like cork, jute, and organic cotton), or with very minimal toxic plastic (PU). 

Additionally, we saw several brands making use of recycled plastic bottles, recycled nylon, and repurposed tires.

Supply chain and labor practices: 

Between small supply chains, fair and supportive work conditions, and full transparency, those strappy sandals never felt so (socially) good. 

Green business practices: 

Not only are these brands saving animals and our planet by using recycled and renewable materials, but they’re also doing things like purchasing some of the best carbon offsets to offset omissions, embracing practices of circularity, and minimizing their use of chemicals and water. 

Inclusivity:

While size inclusivity isn’t nearly so much of an issue for shoes as it is with the rest of the fashion industry, we did give kicks to brands dabbling in gender-neutral footwear and making sure their staff was fully inclusive and representative.

Community & charitable giving: 

We don’t know what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes, but many of these vegan sandal brands are helping to make that walk a little bit easier by giving kickbacks to projects and organizations fighting for a fairer and more sustainable world. 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON VEGAN SANDALS

Who would have thought that standing for a world where all beings are valued would require nothing more than slipping on a pair of comfortable vegan sandals?

With new vegan leather materials being rolled out with such frequency, the number of vegan sandal brands can only grow. 

To ensure the industry keeps flipping in the right direction (and not flopping), share this article so your friends can also support companies striving for a better world. 


For summer sandals that also have a barely-there impact on animals and the planet, we've rounded up a list of some of our favorite vegan sandals. Image by Bhava #veganshoes #sustainablejungle

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