9 best vegan sandals (that are actually comfortable)



This summer, adopt the sandal tan. Whether you’re heading to the beach or strutting around an outdoor mall, everyone needs a sturdy pair of sandals that maximize breathability without hampering your stride. These sandals are cool, functional, and won’t make that “flip flop” sound when they are properly fitted (sandal sliders, you know who you are). From simple kicks by the pool to heels that turn heads, here’s your guide to the best (and most comfortable) vegan sandals for all your summer fun.


1. Birkenstock

This popular outdoor shoe company launched its American vegan line in 2017. The clean selection includes some of the brand’s bestsellers, including Mayari and Arizona styles. If you are looking for something comfortable and fashionable, invest in a pair of vegan Birkenstocks, they are built to last.
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Studio Bhava

2. Bhava Studio

It’s a common misconception that sandals are flat, not at this vegan shoe company. Bhava Studio’s women’s sandals all feature a chunky wedge heel or sturdy heel that elongates the legs. Get a little lift with the Donna wooden clog or dress up any summer dress with the flattering Ines strappy sandals. All styles are available in a range of earthy shades, from rose gold and nude to grays and browns.
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TOMS shoes

3. TOM

Yes, TOMS does more than its signature alpargatas. The company still uses leather for some styles, but there are several women’s sandals made with purely synthetic materials. All of them are labeled vegan, which makes it easy to pick your choices. Check out the chunky strappy casual Piper Flip-Flop in four fun colors and patterns. They are perfect for activities by the pool or running errands.
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Matt and Nat

4. Matt and Nat

Those who have been vegans for a while may be familiar with this brand for its gorgeous handbags and wallets, but in recent years it has branched out into the wider world of leather accessories. Sandal styles range from something you could wear to the office (the Elodie) to a very basic flat with a wide upper toe strap (the Cyndie). We recommend you the best of both worlds with the pretty and functional Artie women’s flat shoe: it has a thin ankle strap but provides good support to prevent your foot from slipping, because this summer we are going everywhere!
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Dr Martens

5. Dr Martens

There comes a day near summer when it is just too hot to wear a pair of Dr. Martens boots. When the day comes, pull those heavy shoes off your stuffy feet and slip into a pair of the brand’s equally daring vegan sandals. The vegan line offers four gladiator style options, all in black. Dr Martens for life.
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Rainbow sandals

6. Rainbow sandals

It is an unspoken law that residents of Southern California own a pair of rainbow sandals. The company has been around since 1974, and even residents of the interior seem to own a pair of these timeless beach sandals. Originally made from leather, the brand now offers hemp and rubber variations of its iconic sandals. Pro tip: opt for the hemp option, it’s more comfortable.
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Vegan shoes Nae

7. Nae vegan shoes

You won’t have to worry about leather soles or suede straps hidden here – this sustainable shoe company only uses eco-friendly textiles such as recycled plastic bottles, cork, organic cotton and Piñatex (pineapple leather). Both men and women can choose from a multitude of styles ranging from ultra casual to super chic. We love the look of the Jackie Blues and the Bay Whites.
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8. Indosole

Looking for something to take you through the scorching concrete from the pool to the showers? Discover Indosole. Both its men’s and women’s collections are made from recycled tires. But the brand doesn’t just stick a piece of rubber on a bracelet and call it a day. Each pair is designed to provide arch support, making them far superior to the $ 10 pair of flip flops you might buy at Target. All styles are waterproof and come in a range of colors and styles without heels, from wide stripes to crisscross.
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9. Munjoi

Do you remember Heelys? These shoes are cooler than that. The all-vegan brand makes a style of shoe that can transform into sneakers, sandals, slides or mules by removing and tucking the sole. They are unisex, flattering, and provide all-day comfort. We’re not saying you’ll never need another shoe, but a pair of Munjoi could go a long way in decluttering your shoe closet.
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Packing for the beach? Check out our guide to sustainable vegan swimwear.

Tanya flink is a digital editor at VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, California.

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