Vegan Guide to Leather Alternatives 2015 Edition

From The Vegetarian Resource Group


On many occasions, after turning down a hot dog or hamburger at a summer barbecue and explaining that you’re vegetarian, the next question you might be asked (if wearing leather-like sandals) is, “Then why are you wearing leather?” You’ll answer that the sandals are made from synthetic materials that look like leather, and this usually pacifies the inquisitors. They do ask a valid question though. If you are choosing a vegetarian diet for ethical reasons, “How can you stop eating animals, but continue to wear them?” Like a vegetarian diet, people often choose to “quit leather” at different stages.

Since cowhide is the most common animal hide used, links to the meat industry are undeniable. According to the Leather Industries of America, the leather Industry’s trade association, very few animals are raised specifically for their hides. But cows are just one of the animals whose skins are used for shoes, wallets, coats, belts, clothing, and accessories. Other animals can be pigs, deer, horse, and sheep. Some articles are even made from “exotic” animal skins ranging from alligator and lizard to sealskin and snakeskin.

You may ask, “Well what should I do with all the leather I have?” Again, just as some people go vegetarian overnight and others do it slowly, the same goes for leather. Some people gradually replace worn out leather items with non-leather alternatives. Others donate their leather goods to charities. Many throw the stuff away, and although you might prefer that no one wear animal hides (besides the animals), most leather is not biodegradeable due to the tanning process, so a charity might be the best bet. The damage already done can’t be reversed.

That brings up the question of which causes less damage to the environment — petroleum-based synthetic leathers or leather treated with multiple chemicals? While petroleum-based products often cause pollution from manufacturing and its waste, leather manufacturers are still dealing with problems caused by the use of chemicals for tanning. Either alternative leads to some environmental damage, but while you’re supporting the exploitation of animals by purchasing leather, choosing leather alternatives will at least help alleviate some cruelty to animals.

Maybe we should also ask ourselves if leather- and fur-like materials are always the best choice. Do these materials give the impression that leather and fur are socially and ethically acceptable? Why not go with some other materials such as hemp, cotton, synthetic fibers, or recycled rubber when possible? On the other hand it can be argued that by using leather and fur alternatives we can show others a way of wearing clothes with the look they like that doesn’t require the exploitation of animals for it.

For this update we have been able to add musical instrument cases. We also found vegan “leather” gloves and speed skates.

When choosing a non-leather company, one should also consider the company’s reasons for carrying non-leather goods. Although we are pleased that more and more companies offer non-leather items, most large manufacturers and retailers who carry both leather and non-leather offer the non-leather goods primarily for economic reasons. It is cheaper to manufacture non-leather goods, and as a result they often cost less. Note that many of these companies sell mainly leather items. Still, by supporting the vegan articles these companies distribute, a clear statement can be made in favor of alternative products. Maybe this will encourage companies to produce more synthetic products, even if their reasons for this decision are not necessarily ethical.

The vegan mail-order companies, on the other hand, take a particular interest in avoiding animal and Earth exploitation through the products they offer. Many of these companies employ Earth-friendly manufacturing and working conditions. We believe that it is important to support these companies.

To make your selection of non-leather goods as effortless as possible, the companies listed are separated into categories. The Vegan Mail-Order or Stores section indexes companies that sell only vegan products. The Catalogs, Companies, and Stores section lists companies that sell or manufacture both leather-free and leather goods, so check these carefully to make sure what you’re buying is non-leather. The remaining sections of this guide list specific styles of shoes (athletic, dress, etc.) and the companies who make them or the stores/catalogs that carry them.

We often depend on company statements for product information. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a statement, information changes, people have different views, and mistakes can be made. Please use your own best judgment about whether a product is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation on your own.


The following companies sell only animal-free products.

Alternative Outfitters
26 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925
(415) 924-6100
This vegan boutique and online store offers footwear, handbags, accessories (including watch and luggage tags), and much more.

Artisan Gear
PO Box 205, Gold Hill, OR 97525
(888) 499-4367 or (541) 855-5468
Artisan Gear produces a line of classic/casual bags and accessories (watch bands, toiletry bags, etc.) from hemp canvass. You can order their bags online or visit their website to find stores selling their bags.
Bello Iris
((352) 340-5409
Offers non-leather designer-inspired bags, wallets, belts, shoes, and a faux leather jacket for women.
Beyond Skin
59 Lansdowne Place, Hove, East Sussex BN3 1FL
Here you’ll find stylish shoes handmade in England.
Big Buddha
They manufacture stylish bags, wallets, and wristlets that can be purchased on various websites.
Blowfish Shoes
(877) 725-6934
Shoes, boots, and sandals for women and kids.
Bourgeois Boheme
Unit 22, Acklam Workspace, 10 Acklam Road, London, England W10 5QZ
Tel: 011-44-20-8045-4338
This vegan boutique offers unique women’s and men’s footwear, bags, wallets, black¬†faux leather gloves, belts, plus much more. You can also order online.
Brave Gentle Man
Shoes, boots and belts for men, plus more.
Calico Dragon
(941) 928-3121
Purses, clutches, handbags, wallets, and more.
CBH Studio
(978) 449-0222
Packrat vinyl lunch boxes, backpacks, and totes for children. Also, carries iPhone/Blackberry/iPad cases.
Charmone Shoes
8 Commonwealth Ave., Massapequa, NY 11758
(516) 809-6277
Charmone’s mission is to produce shoes that are sustainable and cruelty-free. Offers open and closed toe shoes, sandals, and boots for women.
2502 N. Palm Dr., Ste. 1, Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 595-6965
This online site specializes in vegan guitar straps. They also sell camera straps, wallets, and belts.
Cow Jones Industrials
PO Box 267, Chatham, NY 12037
(518) 821-0207
This vegan online store carries a wide variety of shoes, handbags, and more.
Cri de Coeur
Find high-end vegan shoes, bags, and more at this online store.
Find a wide variety of uniquely designed vegan bags.
Find a wide variety of bags from this Indian company.
Elizabeth Detroit
(800) 613-6189
Find women’s shoes, boots, sandals, and more at this online store.
The Ethical Man
Online store offering wallets, belts, and more.
Ethical Wares
Caegwyn, Temple Bar, Felinfach, Ceredigion,
SA48 7SA, Wales, United Kingdom
Tel: 011-44-1570 471155; Fax: 011-44-1570 471166
This company sells shoes and belts. Shoe styles include hiking boots, steel-toe safety boots, dress shoes, etc.
Ethique Nouveau
317 W. 48th St., Minneapolis, MN 5541
(612) 822-6161
Vegan store offering bags, wallets, belts, and more.
Fabric Horse
1737 East Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 995-1026
Store and online store offering bags, belts, wallets, and more.
Fabulous Furs
25 West Robbins St., Covington, KY 41011
(800) 848-4650 or (859) 291-3300
This mail-order company offers a wide variety of fake fur, leather, and wool products such as coats, jackets, vests, hats, handbags, pillows, and ear muffs.
Find faux fur coats, hats, muffs, scarves, and more.
87 Derwent Street, Chopwell, Tyne & Wear, England
NE17 7HZ; Tel. 011-44-1207 565-957
Online store offering made-to-order handcrafted shoes, bags, belts, wallets, and more.
Gloria Gerber
207 Casterton Ave., Akron, OH 44303
(330) 867-2102
Handbags made out of recycled rubber/stainless steel.
Good Guys Don't Wear Leather
Online store offering unique unisex shoes designed in Paris and made in Portugal including derby shoes, desert boots, and cowboy boots.
Grape Cat
PO Box 72, Pipersville, PA 18947
Offers purses, men’s and women’s wallets, and more.
Green Laces
Shop in Stockholm, Sweden and online store offering shoes, boots, sandals, and more.
4630 Center Blvd., Ste. 1005, Long Island City, NY 11109
(917) 544-9454
Website offering all types of bags for men and women.
Herbivore Clothing
1211 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97214
503) 281-TOFU
Store and online site offering wallets, purses, belts, etc.
James & Company
PO Box 449, Haberfield NSW 2045 Australia
Vegan online shop selling faux leather jackets and bags.
523 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 829-1010
Storefront and online company offering creative sneakers for adults and children.
Kind Walking
2 St. George Street 109, St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 655-3535
Online store offering vegan shoes, sandals, and boots for men and women, as well as men’s belts.
Kuna Prints Mola Shoes
05 San Bruno Ave., San Francisco, CA 94107
(877) 586-2263
Unique vegan shoes, sandals, and boots for men and women handmade by Kuna Indians.
Lookie Lou
1872 Johns Dr., Glenview, IL 60025
(847) 943-3999
Vegan women's boutique selling shoes, bags, coats, and more. You can make an appointment to try on items.
Luca Chiara
13 West 38th St., New York, NY 10003
Storefront and online store offering vegan shoes for men and women, as well as bags, wallets, iPad cases, and passport cases for men and women.
(888) 586-2636
Unique bags including wallets, shoulder bags, laptop carriers, briefcases, overnighters, and totes.
Jill Milan
(650) 654-7381 ext. 103
Find a wide variety of handmade luxury Italian bags.
550 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
(800) 990-MINK or (310) 927-4247
Online site offering handmade shoes from Italy.
78 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002
(212) 254-6512
3116 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 741-8090
Though shoes can be purchased online, customers are encouraged to walk in and try shoes on. MooShoes offers brands such as Vegan Wares, Vegetarian Shoes, and Ethical Wares. They also sell bags, wallets, belts, and faux leather jackets.
Neon Collective
Tel: 011-44-01273-231-619
Vegan boutique in England offers shoes, bags, etc.
(732) 207-7682
Stylish shoes available online and in some retail shops.
Nice Shoes
3568 Fraser St., Vancouver, BC V5V 4C4 Canada
(604) 558-3000
Canadian shop offering men’s and women’s shoes, boots, belts, bags, wallets, guitar straps, and more.
No Harm
(860) 577-8724
Men's dress shoes and boots. Offices in US and UK.
Noah Shoes Boutique
Tel: 011-49-09391-504-169
German store and online shop offering vegan shoes, boots, sandals, bags, and belts made in Italy.
Nomadic State of Mind
(877) 666-2376
Find vegan sandals, shoes, bags, belts, and more made out of rope at this online store.
Online shop offering shoes for men, women, and kids.
Oly Vegan
313 5th Ave. SE, Ste. A, Olympia, OR 98501
(800) 340-1200; Fax: (301) 816-8955
This store carries shoes, clothing, bags, and more.
Oxford Handbags
Online shop offering eco-friendly bags and wallets.
Pangea Vegan Products
2381 Lewis Ave., Rockville, MD 20851
(800) 340-1200 or (301) 816-8955
This store and online company carries shoes, clothing, wallets, belts, bags, personal care products, and food. Pangea is the producer of the No Bull line.
Pansy Maiden
58 Hillsdale Rd., Medford, MA 02155
(339) 545-1677
This online company carries handmade bags including clutches, shoulder bags, messenger bags, backpacks, iPad/Tablet bags, and Laptop bags, etc.
(360) 929-1391
Offers animal-friendly faux fur bedspreads and pillows. Order online or see list of retailers.
Queen Bee Creations
3961 N. Williams, Ste. 101, Portland, OR 97227
(503) 232-1755
All items from Queen Bee Creations are made out of vinyl including bags, wallets, cases, and more.
Reneu Shoes
(732) 207-7682
Women’s shoes made with Lycra covered memory foam and eco-friendly vegan upper materials such as hemp, vegan “leather,” vegan “suede,” etc.
Sapato Verde
This Portuguese shop sells shoes, sandals, and boots for adults, and sneakers for adults and children.
6012A Old Pineville Rd., Charlotte, NC 28217
(704) 676-489
Slappa offers cd wallets, dvd and iPad cases, laptop bags and backpacks, PSP travel cases, etc.
Spire USA
4800 Baseline Rd. #E104285, Boulder, CO 80303
Produces laptop carrying bags, travel bags, etc.
Splaff Flops
PO Box 7604, San Diego, CA 92167
(619) 221-9199
Online company offers handcrafted Splaff Flopps (flip flop sandals), bags, purses, guitar straps, and belts.
Sudo Shoes
1771 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-1771
This storefront/online store offers shoes and bags.
Susan Nichole
8605 Santa Monica Blvd. #35905, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Offers unique non-leather handbags and wallets.
Truth Belts
83 Billings Ave., Toronto, ON M4L 2S3 Canada
(416) 778-1597; Fax: (416) 778-9435
Truth Belts offers an innovative and stylish array of synthetic belts for your waist, as well as ones for your wrists (bracelets). They also make dog collars. You can order the belts online at
Unstitched Utilities
732) 390-5800
Casual shoes for men and women that are vegan and environmentally friendly.
Used Rubber USA
(415) 732-9889
Recycled rubber inner tubes and tires are used to make bags, wallets, and organizers in a variety of sizes.
Vegan Chic
440 South Bentley, Los Angeles, CA 90049
(866) 91-VEGAN or (818) 235-4709
This online store offers a wide range of shoes and bags, as well as belts and wallets. They carry kids' shoes, too.
The Vegan Collection
PO Box 811971, Los Angeles, CA 90081
his online vegan store offers wallets and belts.
1701 Pearl St., Unit 8, Waukesha, WI 53186
(866) 88-VEGAN or (262) 574-7761
Vegan Essentials is a mail-order company and retail shop offering goods such as shoes, wallets, belts, etc.
Vegan Haven
5270 B University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-9060
This vegan store is located at a Pig Sanctuary. They offer belts, wallets, and much more.
2 Avenue Gds, London, England SW14 8BP
Stylish shoes, boots, dress shoes, jackets, and belts.
Vegan Store Ltd., PO Box 110, Rottingdean, Brighton BN51 9AZ United Kingdom
Online shop carrying boots, shoes, etc. They're a licensed distributor of No Bull leather alternatives.
Vegan Wares
78 Smith St., Collingwood, 3066 VIC Australia
Tel.: 61-3-9417-0230
They offer shoes, boots, briefcases, wallets, and more.
Vegetarian Shoes
12 Gardner St., Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1UP United Kingdom
Telephone: 011-44-1273 691913
Synthetic leather and synthetic suede shoes, hiking boots, work boots, sandals, leather jackets, and belts.
The Vegetarian Site
PO Box 222, Glastonbury, CT 06033
(860) 519-1918
The Vegetarian Site has an online vegan store filled with clothing, footwear, wallets, belts, bags, etc. They even carry vegan "leather" gloves.
Veggies Footwear
Offers waterproof shoes for men, women, and children. List of retailers can be found on their website.
Wicked Hemp
(603) 630-3567
Offers hiking shoes, casual shoes, clogs, etc.


The following catalogs, companies, and stores carry some non-leather products, but also many that are not animal-free. Check the merchandise to make sure it is non-leather. This is a partial listing of catalogs/stores with synthetic options.

(877) 372-2814
Earth offers a line of vegan Earth shoes including shoes, sandals, and boots. Search the word vegan.
Footwear, etc.
273 N. Mathilda Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(800) 720-0572
Search the word vegan to find women’s and men’s shoes and sandals.
Green Shoes
The Old Chapel, 26A Cross St., Moretonhampstead, TQ13 8NL, United Kingdom
Tel: 011-44-1647 440735
Vegan line of handmade men's, women's, and children's shoes, boots, and sandals. They also make bags and belts.
L.L. Bean
Freeport, ME 04033
(800) 441-5713
Teva sandals, canvas shoes, children’s boots, etc.
Love is Mighty
619) 537-6053
nique women’s shoes made by tribal woman in India.
Payless Shoe Source
Wide selection of shoes available in men’s, women’s, and children’s styles. Leather shoes are clearly marked on box. Call (877) 474-6379 for a store in your area.
Pennangalan Dreams
Tel: 011-44-1753 678076<
This online store out of the United Kingdom offers an array of exotic/erotic vegan-friendly fetish boots in varying colors.
(888) 818-SHOE (7463)
This online store offers a line of vegan women's and men's casual shoes, boots, sandals, bags, etc. Search the word vegan.
REI, Sumner, WA 98352-0001
(800) 426-4840
Search under vegan for shoes, boots, and sandals. Also sell non-leather belts and watch bands.
Road Runner Sports
(800) 743-3206
Search under vegan for running shoes and sandals.
Speck Products
Online store offering vegan protective covers for your Nook Touch, Kindle, iPhone, and more.
Stella McCartney
Online store offering unique non-leather handbags and shoes.
Search under the word vegan on this online store and you'll find shoes.
Tough Traveler
(800) GO-TOUGH
Offers baby carriers, backpacks, briefcases, laptop bags, camera, bags, hiking packs, luggage, cd disk and player waist pack, cell phone case, etc. Most are vegan; however, indicate no leather under comments in order.
Waterfield Designs
(877) 546-1040
Carries Kindle cases, computer bags, wallets, iPod and iPhone cases, gear pouches, and PSP cases. Not all products are non-leather, so request a list of their non-leather options.
(800) 927-7671
Search under the word vegetarian on this website and a long list of sandals and casual, formal, athletic, and other shoes will appear. They carry shoes for men, women, and children.


There are leather alternatives in most shoe styles.

Women's and Men's Athletic Shoes
Asics: (800) 678-9435; Several synthetic shoes; call to find out about a certain shoe.
Converse: (888) 792-3307; Chuck Taylor All-Stars, high-top and low-top, come in many styles, colors, and fabrics. They also have canvas One Stars.
Keds: (800) 680-0966; Canvas oxfords and slip-ons in a variety of colors and patterns.
New Balance: (800) 253-7463; Several running shoes made with synthetic uppers. Call for a catalog.
Payless Shoe Source: (877) 474-6379; Several athletic shoes made with synthetic materials.
Vans: (855) 909-8267; Styles include canvas shoes. Call for stores in your area.

Children's Athletic Shoes
Payless Shoe Source: (877) 474-6379; Great place to find leather-free shoes for children. Athletic styles often feature popular cartoon characters.
Vans: (855) 909-8267; Styles include canvas shoes. Call for stores in your area.


Most of the all-vegan stores listed at the beginning of this guide offer a variety of dress shoes.

Women’s and Men’s Dress Shoes
Men and women can find non-leather dress shoes in the Vegan Mail-Order or Stores section of this article. You can also shop at Payless Shoe Source.

Children's Dress Shoes
Payless Shoe Source: (877) 474-6379; you should have no trouble finding a few styles here!


  • Ethical Wares: Weald, Ranger, Trekking styles, and more.
  • Pangea: Men’s Wanderlust Hiking Boot.
  • Vegetarian Shoes: Offers several hiking boots.
  • Wicked Hemp: Hiking boot made from hemp.


The following boots should keep your feet protected; some even have steel-toe protection.

  • Ethical Wares: Safety Boot with a steel toe.
  • LaCrosse Boots: Several styles of rubber boots: insulated, non-insulated, and steel toe. Available from large retailers. Call (888) 323-2668 for information.
  • Vegan Essentials: Offers steel toe boots.
  • Veganline: Offers safety boots and shoes.
  • Vegetarian Shoes: Safety boots with steel toe caps.


  • Fabulous Furs: Fake “fur,” “leather,” and “wool” coats, jackets, and vests.
  • James & Company: Faux leather jackets.
  • L.L. Bean: Winter coats made from synthetic fibers.
  • Pangea: No Bull jackets and women’s pea coats.
  • Offers No Bull jackets in Europe.
  • Vegetarian Shoes: Leather-like jackets.


  • Alternative Outfitters: Handbags.
  • Artisan Gear: Classic/casual bags.
  • Bello Iris: Designer-inspired bags, wallets, and belts.
  • Big Buddha: Bags, wallets, wristlets.
  • Bourgeois Boheme: Unique bags, wallets, and belts.
  • Couch: Belts and wallets.
  • Cow Jones Industrials: Various bags.
  • The Ethical Man: Belts and wallets for men.
  • Ethical Wares: Stylish unisex belts.
  • Ethique Nouveau: Bags, belts, and wallets.
  • Fabulous Furs: Women’s handbags and backpacks.
  • Freerangers: Bags, belts, and wallets.
  • Gloria Gerber: Handbags.
  • Gunas: Bags for men and women.
  • Herbivore Clothing: Purses, wallets, and belts.
  • Kind Walking: Men’s belts.
  • Luca Chiara: handbags and wallets
  • Pangea: Variety of wallets and belts.
  • Queen Bee Creations: Hand, tote, and flapped bags.
  • Susan Nichole: Unique handbags and wallets.
  • Truth Belts: Both leather-like and cloth belts.
  • Used Rubber USA: Various bags, wallets, and belts.
  • Vegan Chic: Bags, belts, and wallets.
  • Vegan Collection: Belts and wallets.
  • VeganEssentials: Bags, belts, and wallets.
  • Vegan Wares: Bags, wallets, briefcases, and belts.
  • Vegetarian Shoes: Dressy non-leather belts.
  • The Vegetarian Site: Various bags and belts.


Ballet Shoes
Cynthia King Dance Studio offers the CKDS ballet slipper with canvas uppers and synthetic leather soles in adult and children’s sizes and various colors. Call (718) 437-0101 or visit

Baseball Gloves
Carpenter Trading Company offers custom-made vegan gloves. Visit

Biking Gloves
Galtani offers vegan cycling gloves at
Garneau has cycling gloves at

Bowling Shoes
Dexter Shoes offers some bowling shoes made from 100% synthetics. Visit

Briefcases offers non-leather briefcases. offers briefcases.
Tough Traveler: See

Camera Straps
Couch offers a wide variety of camera straps.

Dance Shoes
Very Fine Shoes offers a wide variety of custom made vegan dance shoes. Visit and go to vegan shoes.

The Vegetarian site and Vegetarian Shoes offer vegan “leather” gloves.

Guitar Straps
Couch offers a wide variety of handmade straps.
Pangea offers a guitar strap without the leather ends.
Splaff Flops offers guitar straps.
Vegan Wares offers guitar straps.

Hand Drums Search under the vegan category and drums that have non-leather heads.

Heelys Search under the word Heelys and you’ll find varieties that are non-leather.

Ice Skates
Bauer Pro Shop offers many non-leather Bauer hockey skates at
L.L. Bean: Skates for children. See

iPhone/Blackberry Cases
CBH Studio See

iPod and Cell Phone Holders
Tough Traveler See
Waterfield Designs See

Kindle Cases
Waterfield Designs See

Laptop and iPad Carrying Bags
CBH Studio See
Luca Chiara: iPad cases offers computer bags.
Pansy Maiden See
Slappa See
Spire USA offers laptop carrying bags.
Tom Bihn See
Tough Traveler See
Waterfield Designs See

Luggage offers non-leather luggage. offers non-leather luggage.

Motorcycle Gear
Cycleport offers synthetic motorcycle apparel including the Motoport Racing Glove. See
GetGeared offers motorcycle gloves. Search under the word vegan at
Motoliberty sells several styles of non-leather motorcycle jackets. Visit
Motonation has several varieties of non-leather Sidi motorcycle boots. See

Musical Instrument Cases
Tough Traveler See

Rock Climbing Shoes
Evolv Sports and Design offers a number of vegan rock climbing shoes. Visit

Snow Boots/Snowboarding Boots
Burton Snowboards: You’ll find several types of non-leather snow boots at
Sole Technology (owns “Thirty Two”) offers several non-leather snow boots for men and women. See

Speed Skates
Riedell Divine Quad Speed Skates: You’ll find these vegan speed skates at

Synthetic Leather Manufacturer
Ecolorica:: or email for information on this Italian company.
Willow Tex:: Visit or call (815) 399-4048 for information on their ecologically friendly vegan leather alternative. It comes in several colors.

Tool Belts
Nailers, Inc.: Visit or call (619) 562-2215 for their non-leather tool belts, nail bags, and knee pads, made from Dupont’s Cordura fabric.

Watches with Non-leather Bands
Alternative Outfitters carries watches with non-leather bands. See