The 10 Best Vegan Boots for Every Occasion
Go from ranchhand to urban cowboy with these cruelty-free boots that are comfortable, stylish, and make you look like you mean business.
October 6, 2016
Whether you’re an urban fashionista hunting for a stylish ankle bootie, or you’re living on a Montana ranch and in search of cozy footwear, there’s a vegan boot for you. With this trend in cruelty-free shoes taking over runways and farmland alike, we decided it was time to compile the hottest vegan boots in existence. These 10 boots might come in different materials, colors, shapes, and sizes, but the one thing they have in common is this: you’re going to look fierce wearing them!
1. Sexy siren
The Kendall + Kylie Ayla Vegan Suede Boot oozes femininity and will give you a sexy siren look for date night or for clubbing with your girls. A wardrobe staple for the quintessential cool girl, these over-the-knee stunners offer a striking silhouette and stinging heel. Pull these babies on to pump up the midnight drama!
2. Casual cork wedge
When the days and nights have just a hint of chill and you’re going for a relaxed look, step out in the Tom’s Natural Metallic Linen Desert Bootie. Contrasting shimmery linen and a cork wedge are the perfect neutral combination, providing plenty of flexibility to style the rest of your outfit.
3. Bohemian babe
Put some spunk in your step with the Coconuts by Matisse “Lambert” Fringe Bootie. This western-inspired slip-on comes in five essential fall colors—rust, saddle, light grey, ivory, and black—and will have you easily sashaying your way through that awkward transition from summer to fall. Wear them sans socks or tights, day or night, with skinny jeans or a dress for an easy, sassy look!
4. The ultimate prepster
Fitting for a stroll in the park or an afternoon in the countryside, the richly-colored Bordeaux Olsenhaus’ Cosmic knee-high boot exudes the old-school preppy style of fashion icons Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Audrey Hepburn, and C.Z. Guest. Pair with Scottish tartan plaid, a button-down oxford, and an argyle sweater for a classic, tailored look. Don’t forget the gold bangles and pearls!
5. The rubber-bottom “duck” boot
Opt for the Italian made Duck Boot by Vegetarian Shoes in lieu of the L.L. Bean Original Duck Boot. Fully insulated for warmth and moisture-absorption, these boots will get you through those cold, windy and/or snowy days, or will make you look on-trend in the early fall rain.
6. Glamorously grunge
The Dr. Marten 1460 8-eye boot is a subculture essential for hipsters that will never go out of style. Made with Goodyear welt, the upper and sole are heat-sealed and sewn together with an air-cushioned sole. They’re also slip-resistant for all those late-night moshing sessions in the pit.
7. Quelle beaute!
Inspired by the Parisian ballet company “The Ballet Russes,” the Ana Round Heel Bootie by Cri de Coeur will make you feel like Audrey Tautou à la Amélie. The beige faux suede and French rose heel offer a flirty, coquettish look, while the gold side zipper detail adds a nice finishing touch.
8. Custom-made cowboy boot
Looking for a cowboy boot to pair with a snapped-pocket shirt and Navajo bolo tie? Designer Kate Mendenhall, who hails straight from the heart of Texas, has perfected a pair for you. Currently, there are four custom-made boots from which to choose. You select the stitch color, heel height, and even the toe box shape. The line has been so successful that two new styles will be unveiled this fall.
9. The cozy snow boot
If you’ll be spending the winter snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sloshing about the ski lodge, or just shoveling the driveway, we’ve got the perfect boot for you thanks to the Winter Carnival Boot by Sorel. The exterior is 100-percent waterproof rubber and nylon, while the comfortable, snug interior is insulated with recycled felt. Topped with a sherpa pile cuff, not only will you be warm, but you’ll be stylish, to boot!
10. Glittery galoshes
Kick puddles to the curb with these snazzy rain boots by Report Footwear. Dark clouds and drizzling rain won’t be able to mask these dazzling galoshes sprinkled with silver, gold, and magenta glitter. In fact, you’ll love them so much that you might just wear them when the sun is shining!
Erin Goldmeier is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Radar Online, PETA Prime, and The Virgin Atlantic Airways blog.
Photo courtesy of Lindsey Miller