Vegan Shoe Materials

Veganism is now practiced by around 1% of the population, so thats around 650000 people in the UK. With a belief system based on no animal cruelty a lot of the products taken for granted that can’t be touched by vegan hands. Be sure to check that the manufacturer uses no animal glue to make sure your shoes are vegan friendly. In this blog we look at what materials vegans can wear on their feet.



This fast growing plant creates a very soft cloth for making shoes. It is antibacterial and protects the soil where it’s grown. It is also 100% biodegradable and natural.


Hemp was used as to make ropes and was even used to make the paper that the constitution of the USA was originally written on. It’s an environmental positive crop requiring no herbicides. It makes durable, environmentally responsible shoes.


Microfibre is a tightly woven cloth made from polyester or nylon thread. It is naturally water repellant and if treated can be waterproof.


Jute is mainly grown in Asia it is 100% biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Famously used to create sacks historically it is a durable material that creates breathable cloth for shoes.


Satin is made by tightly weaving threads to make a cloth that is known for its shiny finish an smooth texture. It is made from polyester or rayon.

Faux Leather or Pleather

Faux leather is made from polyurethane, a plastic. It looks like leather and is now used on high quality goods. It can be hand washed or wiped clean and is very durable.

Faux Suede or Suedette

Faux Suede is a mixture of polyurethane plastics and polyester made into a suede like cloth. It can be treated with waterproofing spray to make it waterproof and it can be wiped clean.

Stretch Fake Suede

This is the same as faux suede with additional elasticity. It is breathable but not waterproof and can be cleaned with water.

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