Back in the day when I stopped buying leather shoes (about 7 years ago) it was pretty slim pickings when it came to non-leather alternatives. I pretty much stuck to wearing a multitude of different coloured Haviannas in the summer and Converse sneakers in the colder months. Thankfully these days there are so many more options and with most companies shipping worldwide there are now loads of choices when it comes to non-leather shoes. Following are three of our favourites:
Etiko is an Australian company that makes shoes as well as clothing, underwear, bags and footballs. Their products are not only free from animal products, they are also Fair Trade Certified, which means they support small-scale producers and are not made in sweatshops. We love these high-tops. Shop for them and other products here: www.fairtradeshop.com.au.
Melissa is a brand of plastic shoes known and loved worldwide for their cute and colourful designs. The company has a zero waste ethos – they recycle 99.9% of factory water and waste and they recycle overstock styles into next seasons collections. Their ranges include sandals, flats, heels and boots and they frequently collaborate with leading designers. I’m currently onto my third pair and can vouch for their comfort and durability. You’ll find them here: http://www.mdreamsmelissa.shoes.
Good Guys are a French brand of non-leather shoes made from microfibre, canvas and natural rubber and produced in Portugal in sweat shop-free conditions. They carry the PETA Approved Vegan label and have won a swag of PETA awards including Best Mens Shoes in 2014 and Vegan Brand to Keep and Eye on in 2015. I’ll defintiely be adding a pair of their boots to my winter wardrobe. You can buy them from Vegan Style in Melbourne or shop online at goodguys.bigcartel.com.