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Vegan Boots for All Budgets

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I’ve really enjoyed getting to know my new co-worker this past week. Sarah, a vegan and downright organic romantic, is on the hunt for super stylin’ vegan boots without the super expensive price tag. So, I’ve put on my internet hunting garb (the Popomomo Sleuthing Dress) and have come up with a nice range of vegan boot results- including two of my “not so inexpensive” favorites (a girl can dream, right?)

Sarah, this one’s for you… When I began my search for “inexpensive vegan boots” the first link that popped up was a part of PETA’s site– which helped me find all of the following brands.

Ragazzi Vegan sells an enormous selection of vegan shoes with very affordable prices (the average boot being around $70.) I’ve noticed with some faux leather boots, the general appearance can be rather cheap. I’ve never seen a Ragazzi boot in person but they don’t appear to look that way online. The nice part of this brand, no matter your style, you’re sure to find at least one pair of shoes you’ll like.

Novacas, is a vegan owned and operated company that follows fair trade practices in their European factories. All of Novacas’ shoes are 100% vegan, including the materials, glues and production. Their synthetic leather wears, breathes and stretches just like regular leather, while donning a reasonable price tag of around $140.  (Plus they have a really cute website)

Vegetarian Shoes from the UK started in 1990 with only one available style. Since then, founder Robin Webb, discovered a wonderful material used on yacht upholstery, allowing him to create numerous styles. Whether you prefer the classic boot, pixie boot or the back in style “Doc Marten” boot, Veggie Shoes has it all with a price around $150 U.S.

Beyond Skin, another vegan brand from the UK, is wildly dedicated to proving that fashion and ethics can go hand in hand. Working closely with their factories in England, Spain and India they are confident that no-one is exploited in the creation of their lovely shoes.  Beyond Skin source their components and fabrics as locally to their factories as they possibly can to try and reduce their carbon footprint. Beyond Skin’s average price is around $150 U.S.

I’ve written a post in the past about Olsen Haus and my feelings of complete adoration have not faltered. The brand and designer are truly wonderful and are making strides to change the fashion industry. Olsen Haus boots are priced around $250 and worth every penny.

Cri de Coeur– “to cry from the heart”- shoes may just be the cream of the crop. Designer Gina Ferraraccio partners with The Carbon Fund to offset her inevitable carbon footprint while also pledging to plant a tree for every shoe sold. Cri de Coeur is based in Brooklyn, NY and made in Portugal with an average price tag of $350.

Images Credit: Ragazzi Vegan, Novacas, Vegetarian Shoes, Beyond Skin, Olsen Haus, Cri de Coeur

Written by Emily Konkler

Born in a small town in southern Minnesota, which didn’t quite fit her fancy, Emily headed for New York City soon after high school. While living in New York City, Emily's keen fashion sense was harnessed, transforming from a hobby to a quintessential passion. Emily has been involved with the fashion industry in numerous aspects including modeling, styling and managing runway shows.

Emily lives with her boyfriend Matthew and her overweight cat, Sisu, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She enjoys painting without talent, reading into the wee hours of the morning, rubbing Sisu behind her ears, sewing on her new machine, eating curry and naan whenever possible, wearing boots all year round, spending good ol’ quality time with her friends, drowning in organic cotton and giggling with her boyfriend.

Currently, Emily is a fashion design student and works at The Nature of Beauty-an organic beauty oasis, where her love for everything organic has flourished and taken her heart by storm. Follow her on Twitter @thekonks.

5 Comments

  1. While I think this is a super helpful and great post that shows people where they can get great looking vegan shoes (and dispels the Birkenstock myth), these are not for every budget. Sadly, $70 boots are still out of many a vegan fashionista’s price range, especially in this economy and especially for those of us who are students.
    It is very true that the lower you go in price with shoes and boots, the more you sacrifice quality…some of these will be so last season next year anyway. So it might have been okay to showcase some cheaper ones.

  2. I agree Jessica. My title is a bit deceiving, I can’t afford to buy much of anything right now, let alone a new pair of boots. I was simply wanting to showcase that you CAN find a pair of good looking vegan boots UNDER $100. Most of my boots are vintage and have been bought off etsy for around $50 (leather), or are a few seasons old themselves 🙂

    I do however believe that $70 for a pair of boots is pretty reasonable. If you know of a brand or a few who carry cheaper than that please let me know! I’d love to pass it on to my coworker in her search. Thanks for your great comment.

  3. Hi there!

    Just a note to let you know that we’re now making most of our boots and shoes in Lorica, the vegan leather.

    Mainly we make more ‘alternative’ styles, but please have a look, there’s probably something you’ll like…

    http://fantasyshoe.com/vegan/

    Have a great day.

    Ian,
    The Fantasy Online Team.

  4. how is 70 affordable to the average girl..like me…seriously..I am Job hunting right now….love the vegan doc but…can’t afford to even buy them…what about shoes under 40.00 for the real person/ just thought I would say it like it is..thanks

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