A while ago, a friend turned veggie and was horrified to discover that the hippy sandals that she was proudly wearing actually were made of something called “Nubuck” leather.
Nubuck leather is not, as she was thinking faux leather, but actually cattle hide that has been buffed to look more velvety.
Since turning veggie, though, she has been disappointed by the selection of vegan and plastic shoes on offer and asked us at reviewssandals.com what we suggested.
The news is better than expected for vegans and veggies still wanting half decent sandals. Not everything plastic has to be cheaply made or falls apart. The trick is to check every part of your shoe or sandal, for any trace of animal products.
We set about finding some quality vegan sandals and here is what we found.
CAIRO QUEEN BLUSH NUBUCK STRAPPY THONG SANDALS
PRICE: $20 APPROX
SIZES: 5.5-10 USA
COLORS: BLUSH AND BLACK
HEEL HEIGHT 0.25 INCHES
HEEL MATERIAL RUBBER
MAIN MATERIAL VEGAN ‘NUBUCK’
These are a strappy pair of thong sandals, available in two classic colors, blush and black. They have a sensible sole on them, that won’t send you skidding and slipping everywhere and they fit nice and securely.
Unlike some pricier brands, the Cairo Queen won’t cost you the earth and they are comfortable enough to wear every day.
These are the dressier choice, for our vegan sandal of the summer.
BIRKENSTOCK MADRID EVA
PRICE: $29 APPROX
HEEL MATERIAL EVA
MAIN MATERIAL EVA
The Birkenstock classic single strap is a timeless sandal and one that a lot of new vegans think may be out of their reach – you have to check carefully as many of their products are made of leather. There are even some in the same style made of leather, but happily, there are often many vegan and plastic varieties available too.
We love this Madrid style, made completely of EVA.
Birkenstocks are of course a firm favorite of sandalistas everywhere. Once your foot is acclimatized, they will last for years and these Madrid EVAs are especially light and easy to carry. These are the perfect pair of holiday sandals for slipping on and walking down the beach with.
BIRKENSTOCK SUPER BIRKI CLOG BLUE POLYURETHANE
PRICE: $29 APPROX
SEX: MALE AND FEMALE
SIZES: 6-15 USA
COLORS: BLUE (OTHER COLORS AVAILABLE)
MAIN MATERIAL POLYURETHANE
Yes, we know these are a clog, but so many of our vegan readers were struggling to find a completely durable clog, which could be cleaned easily, we just had to include this one!
Once again, Birkenstock come up trumps here. This is a comfortable and long lasting pair of lightweight clogs as you could ever hope to find.
These are a unisex style and the cork foot bed should ensure happy and supported arches for all.
Easy to clean and the perfect shoe for dirty jobs or maybe even the pool side, these have a myriad applications and will soon become your firm favorites this summer.
We know this is just a selection of three, but it should give your wardrobe a basic starter kit of a vegan sandal for all occasions this summer!