9 Best Vegan Sandals (That Are Really Comfortable)

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

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1.Birkenstock

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

2. Studio Bhava

It’s a common misconception that sandals are flat, not at this vegan shoe company. Bhava Studio’s women’s sandals are all enhanced with a chunky wedge heel or a sturdy heel that elongates the leg. Elevate yourself with the Donna Wood Clog or dress up any sundress with the flattering Ines Strappy Sandal. 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 are labeled vegan, making it easy to narrow down your choices. Check out Piper’s casual, chunky flip flops in four fun colors and patterns. They are perfect for poolside activities or running errands.
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Mat and Nat

4. Matt and Nat

Those who have been vegan for a while may know this brand for its beautiful handbags and wallets, but it has branched out into the wider world of leather accessories in recent years. Sandal styles range from something you might wear to the office (the Elodie) to a very basic flat with a wide upper toe strap (the Cyndie). We recommend the best of both worlds with the pretty and functional Artie Flat for women. It has a thin ankle strap but holds your foot in place to prevent your foot from slipping, because this summer we are going far!
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Dr Martens

5. Dr. Martens

There comes a day near summer when it’s just too hot to wear a pair of Dr. Martens boots. When the day comes, take those heavy shoes off your stuffy feet and slip into a pair of vegan sandals from the equally daring brand. 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’s an unwritten law that residents of Southern California own a pair of rainbow sandals. The company has been around since 1974, and even inland residents seem to own a pair of these everlasting beach sandals. Originally in leather, the brand now offers hemp and rubber variants of its iconic sandals. Pro tip: opt for the hemp option, they are more comfortable.
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Nae Vegan Shoes

7. Nae Vegan Shoes

You won’t have to worry about hidden leather soles or suede straps 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 have a plethora of styles to choose from, 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 get you through the scorching concrete from the pool to the showers? Discover Indosole. 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 strap 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 heelless styles, from wide stripes to criss-cross.
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Munjoi

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 a sneaker, sandal, slide or mule by removing and folding 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 publisher VegNews as well as a writer and runner living in Orange County, California.

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