Vegan leather sandals have got a lot going for them. They’re cute, cruelty-free, and tend to be more affordable (and are definitely more sustainable) than their leather-derived counterparts. While sussing out a stylish, durable pair hasn’t always been easy, this summer season there are so many great offerings, you might just swear off leather sandals for good.
It’s a big shift, especially given that sandals this time of year can get notoriously sweaty and make walking a regular slip-and-slide adventure. Below, seven pairs of vegan leather sandals that will carry you along on all those long summer walks with comfort and style, all while keep your foot on a not-sweaty footbed. Keep scrolling for our faves.
TKEES Riley Vegan, $50
Having walked 50-plus New York City blocks in this exact pair of sandals, I can vouch for the fact that they are both comfortable and leave your feet sweat-free. They come in a variety of colors and styles, and are as close as flip-flops will ever be to being socially acceptable in nearly all settings.
“Birkenstocks are cool” is a hill I’ve chosen to die on, and this white vegan leather version will look equally adorable paired with jean shorts as they will with your favorite cutoffs. Plus, when comfort and durability are top priority, you really can’t go wrong with a brand that’s stood the test of time for decades.
For a pair of shoes that will take you 10,000 steps and beyond, look no further than these slides. They have a cushioned foot bed that offers the ultimate in comfort for your summer strolls. Be warned, though—you might fall so in love, you’ll wind up ordering them in multiple colors.
These sandals feel like your favorite pair of pool slides, but their faux-leather detailing make them formal enough to wear well outside of the locker room. They come in black and nude, and at $18 a pop you may as well treat yourself to both.
Make a statement in these chunky Doc Martens, which are just as en Vogue now as they were in the ’90s. They offer ankle and arch support to ensure your feet won’t get sore no matter how many steps you take.
Add a little spring to your step with these platforms, which promise to be just as comfortable as your favorite flats. Their jute sole makes them perfect to wear to the beach and beyond from now through Labor Day.
Native Shoes Juliet, $50
Consider these the fancified version of your good, old-fashioned Tevas. They’re padded and water friendly, and come in nearly every color you can imagine (including this glorious shade of gold). And the best part? When you’re done with them, you can send them back to Native to be recycled into playground materials.
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