Put Your Friendliest Foot Forward This Fall In A Pair Of Vegan Leather Boots

Amanda Randone
·3 mins read

When people hear the word "vegan," they likely think of all things green, meat-free, and impossible (the burger, that is). Less often do we associate the term with feet (ew?), but those who think about living a cruelty-free lifestyle need warm shoes too. As a result, vegan leather has paved the way for animal-friendly alternatives used in the coolest of boots.

If you're thinking this means wrapping up your feet in stylish seitan or trendy tempeh, let us stop you right there (as curious as we might be to see what exactly that would look like). Vegan leather shoes are made from durable, leather-like materials that simply don't come from animal skin. According to PETA, the most common textile used to accomplish this is polyurethane, but designers have even been experimenting with innovative materials such as fruit waste and recycled plastics. While these alternatives are certainly not without their own environmental concerns, they avoid the greenhouse gas emissions associated with animal agriculture along with the use of energy and water consumption by tanneries, allowing for brands to reduce their overall impact on the planet when they stay away from leather altogether.

What's more, is that none of this is at the expense of style. Even some of our favorite trends have gotten the animal-friendly treatment, with snake-effect faux-leather boots making their way to the top of our winter wardrobe wishlists. Popular brands like Dr. Martens and Free People are among a growing number of companies offering synthetic boot styles, and Stella McCartney's commitment to operating a modern and socially sustainable business has required using absolutely no leather since the brand's inception. Ahead, shop a variety of our favorite faux-leather boots for a responsible upgrade your closet this season.

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<br><br><strong>Matt & Nat</strong> Kalista Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zappos.com%2Fp%2Fmatt-nat-kalista-white%2Fproduct%2F9288472%2Fcolor%2F14%3Fzlfid%3D191%26ref%3Dpd_detail_1_sims_cv" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zappos" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zappos</a>


Matt & Nat Kalista Boot, $, available at Zappos
<br><br><strong>NastyGal</strong> Be Right Flare Faux Leather Block Heel Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nastygal.com%2Fbe-right-flare-faux-leather-block-heel-boots%2FAGG46924.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:NastyGal" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">NastyGal</a>


NastyGal Be Right Flare Faux Leather Block Heel Boots, $, available at NastyGal
<br><br><strong>Dr Martens</strong> Vegan 1460 Smooth Combat Boot, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Dr-Martens-Smooth-Combat-Womens/dp/B072QRMV7N/ref=sr_1_1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Dr Martens Vegan 1460 Smooth Combat Boot, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Indigo Rd.</strong> Adrina Bootie, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dsw.com%2Fen%2Fus%2Fproduct%2Findigo-rd.-adrina-bootie%2F462553" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:DSW" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">DSW</a>


Indigo Rd. Adrina Bootie, $, available at DSW
<br><br><strong>Matisse</strong> Vegan Going West Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Fvegan-going-west-boot%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Free People</a>


Matisse Vegan Going West Boot, $, available at Free People
<br><br><strong>Raid</strong> Janella Black Chunky Square Toe Zip Front Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fraid%2Fraid-exclusive-janella-black-chunky-square-toe-zip-front-boots%2Fprd%2F12731738" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


Raid Janella Black Chunky Square Toe Zip Front Boots, $, available at ASOS
<br><br><strong>Stella McCartney</strong> Emilie Faux-Leather Platform Chelsea Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.matchesfashion.com%2Fus%2Fproducts%2F1364764" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Matches Fashion" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Matches Fashion</a>


Stella McCartney Emilie Faux-Leather Platform Chelsea Boots, $, available at Matches Fashion
<br><br><strong>Juicy Couture</strong> Oodles Combat Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Fjuicy-couture-oodles-combat-boot" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>


Juicy Couture Oodles Combat Boot, $, available at Macy's
<br><br><strong>Coconuts by Matisse</strong> Clyde Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fcoconuts-by-matisse-clyde-boot-women%2F5694715" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Coconuts by Matisse Clyde Boot, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Remy Chelsea Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.urbanoutfitters.com%2Fshop%2Fuo-remy-chelsea-boot" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Urban Outfitters</a>


Urban Outfitters Remy Chelsea Boot, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<br><br><strong>KG KURT GEIGER</strong> Tilly Mock-Croc Faux-Leather Ankle Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.selfridges.com%2FUS%2Fen%2Fcat%2Fkg-kurt-geiger-tilly-mock-croc-faux-leather-ankle-boots_854-10004-3437100979%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Selfridges & Co." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Selfridges & Co.</a>


KG KURT GEIGER Tilly Mock-Croc Faux-Leather Ankle Boots, $, available at Selfridges & Co.
<br><br><strong>Mia</strong> Lace-Up Boot, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fmia-lace-up-boot-women%2F5683902" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Nordstrom</a>


Mia Lace-Up Boot, $, available at Nordstrom
<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Crocodile-Patterned Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww2.hm.com%2Fen_us%2Fproductpage.0898886001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">H&M</a>


H&M Crocodile-Patterned Boots, $, available at H&M
<br><br><strong>Beyond Skin</strong> Blaise Black Leather Block Heel Vegan Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fbeyond-skin.com%2Fvegan-shoes%2Fblaise-black-leather-block-heel-vegan-boots%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Beyond Skin" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Beyond Skin</a>


Beyond Skin Blaise Black Leather Block Heel Vegan Boots, $, available at Beyond Skin
<br><br><strong>Rampage</strong> Italie Vegan Leather Riding Boot, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rampage-Womens-Italie-Riding-Distressed/dp/B01LDHAVF2/ref=sr_1_8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Rampage Italie Vegan Leather Riding Boot, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Soda</strong> Nevitt Faux Leather Chunky Boot, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/SODA-Womens-Nevitt-Leather-Chunky/dp/B07HQZ9FN7" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Soda Nevitt Faux Leather Chunky Boot, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Indigo Rd.</strong> Yasmina Booties, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.macys.com%2Fshop%2Fproduct%2Findigo-rd.-yasmina-booties%3FID%3D9653996" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Macy's" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Macy's</a>


Indigo Rd. Yasmina Booties, $, available at Macy's
<br><br><strong>Monki</strong> Faux Leather Heeled Boots, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.asos.com%2Fus%2Fmonki%2Fmonki-faux-leather-heeled-boots-with-pointed-toe-in-snake-print%2Fprd%2F13090014" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ASOS" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ASOS</a>


Monki Faux Leather Heeled Boots, $, available at ASOS

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