6 vegan boot brands you need on your radar this winter
Footwear is an perennial problem. During summer we spend the whole time Googling eco trainers and working out how to justify the pricey P&P. And, come winter, even sturdiest of sneakers are ruined by a little rain and city slush. So rather than mourn the was-white finish and box fresh laces, we’re making the case for the winter boot; like the kind you had as a child, but cooler.
And vegan. Yes, believe it — with the increase in interest for all things animal-free, footwear brands are emerging that are either 100% vegan, while bigger ones — like DMs — are launching capsule collections.
More good news: practicality got hot — the dad sneaker and the hiking boot, which have already survived a few seasons, are prime examples. So rather than prioritising aesthetics, we’re thinking about what will last as well.
Here are our best vegan boots:
Upsides: DMs are planet-loving pioneers; making packaging from waste, using sustainable materials in some shoes and providing vegan options in a lot of their classic styles
Our Pick: Cherry Red Cambridge Brush, £135, Dr Martens
Upsides: Vegan, handcrafted (in Dartmoor) and made to order (so no wastage)
Our Pick: Field Boots, £200, Green Shoes
Upsides: Grown-up leather-free styles with a plant-based coat, which makes even these light finishes impressively hardwearing
Our Pick: Lyra Camel Knee High Vegan Boots, £180, Beyond Skin
Upsides: Farylrobin offer a sh*t load of vegan styles, from hiking to party-ready boots. Statement bamboo sock, optional.
Our Pick: Vegan Midtown Heel Boot, £112.04, Free People
Upsides: Simple, sporty styles that give back to entrepreneurs, through their scheme which supports new businesses, as well as the environment
Our Pick: High tops, £45.82 , Bangs Shoes
Will’s Vegan Shoes
Upsides: 100% carbon-neutral, gender-fluid styles
Our Pick: Continental Chelsea Boots, £95, Will’s Vegan Shoes