Friday, 29 July 2011

Vegan & Eco-Friendly Wedding Shoes

In honour of footprint Friday we've got another post on shoes for you!
Brides are gorgeous from head to toe and a bride making efforts to be green is certainly using her head but she mustn't forget about her toes! Some brides (myself included) choose to trot up the aisle barefoot but most will be gliding around in beautiful shoes! It just so happens that shoes are easily overlooked when planning an ethical wedding but today's post is writing that wrong by promoting compassionate bridal footwear! :)
Natalie Portman modelling her vegan shoe line that was launched in 2008 with Te Casan.

Search in your closet, ask friends, & look around charity shops for pre-loved shoes that will suit your wedding style.
If you'd like to wear something new then consider the following companies that sell ethically sourced, vegan & vegetarian (bridal) shoes. Start off your married life with guilt free steps...

Beyond Skin — "Genuinely Not Leather"
100% Vegan Footwear

"Beyond Skin is an ethical fashion label creating beautiful handmade ladies designer vegan shoes and boots in the most environmentally friendly manner we possibly can. Our vegetarian footwear is made from some of the finest, recycled fabrics and we work closely with our factories to ensure we reduce the carbon footprint of our ethical shoes wherever possible. We have large ladies shoes with sizes going up to EU size 43. Put a guilt-free spring in your step with our veggie shoes and be the change you wish to see in the world...No humans, animals or small children were harmed in the making of our shoes."
Based in East Sussex but delivers worldwide.

Prices: £72-£184

Bourgeois Boheme — Fashion with Compassion
Online Company with Showroom in London. Supports: Eco-friendly, happy workers, Fair-trade materials, Organic, Hemp, Vegan. Prices: £10-50

Elegant Steps Vegetarian Bridal Shoes
"Beautiful wedding shoes suitable for vegetarian and vegan brides, free from leather and silk these style are for the bride who wants gorgeous shoes, without compromising her vegetarian principles."
Prices: £24.99-£89

Elegant Wedding Shoes Wedding Boots & Shoes
"We can also make our products to meet the needs of our customers with vegetarian principles" Shipping worldwide.
Bridal Shoes Prices: £47-£61
Bridal Boots Prices: £62-£170

Ethletics - FairTrade Footwear 
"All ETHLETIC trainers are made with Organic and Fairtrade certified cotton...The rubber for the soles is certified by the FSC - sourced from responsibly managed forests. Our rubber is also fairly traded. A premium is paid on each kilo of rubber purchased which pays for welfare schemes that benefit the rubber tappers."
Prices: £25-45
"We are focused on producing cruelty-free, ethically-made products and forwarding environmental, scientific, and creative progress. We think it's important to make every effort to use non-destructive materials in our products. Thus far, all of our products are entirely vegan and some of our line is made from recycled materials" Donate to important causes like clean water and AIDS. Prices: $48-60 

The Generation on Etsy Vegan Shoes
Eco-chic handmade vegan shoes. Prices: $55-85

Milk & Honey Design Your Own Shoes
"We love animals and honor our clients who choose a cruelty-free existence by offering a large array of non-leather alternatives to create stylish and peaceful shoes." They offer an Animal Friendly Collection.
Visit their 'design now' page and click through the various shapes, heels, heights, straps and colours. If your vision is completely unique email them with specifications. Apparently, they like a challenge! 
All shoes are custom made and take 6-8 weeks. Ships worldwide. As you design your shoe the price updates on the webpage.

MooShoes Vegan Shoes NYC
"Cruelty Free, Animal Approved...We proudly offer the largest variety of vegan shoes and accessories in the world. We have men's and women's shoes for all occasions as well as bags, purses, belts, jackets, and other fun stuff. Everything we carry is 100% cruelty free, which means nothing we sell contains any animal products. So shop guilt free. Visit us, 7 days a week at our physical location in New York City's Lower East Side or stay right where you are and shop with us online."
Prices: $40-£200+

Neon Collective Vegan Boutique
"You have reached the home of designer labels that care, an online-store providing ethically made shoes and handbags for the fashion-focused female...To supply Neon Collective, designers must fully meet our philosophy of responsible luxury: no animal-derived materials, no sweat-shop production and only the very highest in quality and design. Many brands have gone one step further by utilising techniques such as recycling and carbon offsetting. Everything we sell is suitable for a vegetarian, vegan and vogue lifestyle."
Prices: $30-$140

Tom's Shoes — One for One
"With every pair you purchase, Tom's will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need." Vegan and wedding shoes are available. 
Prices: £30-£40

TRAIDremade — Reclaimed & Recycled
Adorable flats made from recycled leather and reclaimed vintage fabrics.

Vegan Chic Vegan Shoes!
"You don't have to wear somebody else's skin to be in style!" "We are a bunch of vegan girls and boys who live in Los Angeles. We have a fabulous office where we work hard to make this fashion world better for animals – and ultimately, you. In addition to our animal-friendly commitment, we strive to genuinely make a difference in the world. Therefore, we donate a generous portion of our profits to multiple animal charities!" 
Free domestic shipping on purchases over $75. Ships worldwide.
Prices: $30-$130 

If you know of a shoe company that belongs on this list, please email