Slides, Sandals and Slip-Ons: The Best Vegan Shoes for Rowdy Summer Adventures

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Summer’s here and it’s time to up your footwear game. There are so many stylish and sustainably made vegan leather sandals to choose from that you may end up buying a few more pairs than you originally thought you needed. That’s okay, experts claim that we should rotate our shoes daily, so buying a lot of shoes and sandals means that you’re doing good by your feet.

Animal lovers have always veered towards vegan leather sandals for summer, and we found quite a few choice-looking sandals to wear this summer. There are vegan leather sandals for hiking, vegan leather sandals for the beach, vegan leather designer sandals, and there are even vegan leather sandals from a company that you thought only made combat boots. We didn’t want to overwhelm you, so we narrowed our choices to the 10 best vegan leather sandals that’ll work with what you got.

And if you’re interested in learning more about this popular leather alternative, check out our full guide to vegan leather and the fashion world.

How To Wear Vegan Sandals

Speaking of integrating vegan leather sandals into your warm-weather wardrobe, here’s a few ways you can do it. If you’ve got on a graphic tee and shorts, yes, you could end the look with a pair of boat shoes, but a pair of sandals really adds to that relaxed vibe you’re shooting for. If your plans include a night out with friends, you could wear jeans and sneakers, that’s a classic look, but how about switching it up with a pair of designer vegan sandals for a little extra bit of coolness.

Vegan leather flip-flops are best for combating sand at the beach. Unlike closed shoes, grains of sand can’t adhere to a sandal. Avid hikers should switch to vegan leather sandals that have the same grip, durability, and comfort as a good hiking boot for a day on the trails. And if your feet sweat a lot, the airy cut of a hiking sandal cuts that down.

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1. Birkenstock Arizona Slide Sandal

BEST OVERALL

One of the reasons why Birkenstocks have been popular for years and years is that they’re ridiculously comfortable. Another reason is their style; it’s iconic and often copied. This vegan style has the same anatomically correct footbed as their other styles. It has a cork midsole, EVA sole, and the straps are adjustable.

Birkenstock Arizona Slide Sandal Courtesy of DSW

Birkenstock Arizona Slide Sandal

$99.99

  

2.Amazon Essentials Men’s Flip Flop Sandal

BEST DEAL

Amazon Essentials is one of Amazon’s most popular fashion brands. They make classic and trendy stuff that’s always well priced. With almost 1400 5-star reviews, this pair of vegan flip-flops could be one of the brand’s best deals. One reviewer wrote, “I thought that I hated flip flops, till I bought these, now I have worn them all summer.“ They have a faux leather padded top that’s lined in neoprene and a contoured, cushioned EVA footbed and a non-slip outsole. They come in black, brown and tan.

Amazon Essentials Flip Flop Sandals Vegan leather sandal Courtesy of Amazon

Amazon Essentials Men's Flip Flop Sandal

$18.90

  

3. Dr. Martens Vegan Gryphon Gladiator Sandals 

BEST UNISEX

And you thought that Dr. Martens only made combat boots and lace-up shoes, well, they have an entire line of unisex sandals. Their vegan sandals utilize Felix Rub Off, their own vegan leather. The sandals sit on the brand’s groove-etched outsole and are constructed with a Goodyear welt.

Dr. Martens Vegan Gryphon Gladiator Sandals Courtesy of Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens Vegan Gryphon Gladiator Sandals 

$130.00

  

4. Ataiwee Men’s Slide Sandals

BEST LAZY WEEKEND VIBE

Not fond of a thong between your toes but are looking for a sandal that goes well with jeans and shorts? Try Ataiwee’s criss-cross sandals. The upper is interlocking strips of soft vegan leather and they have an EVA padded footbed and a non-slip outsole. Shown here in beige, they also come in brown, dark gray, and taupe.

Ataiwee Men's Slide Sandals Courtesy of Amazon

  

5. Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 Sandals

BEST RECYCLED

All Sanuk’s shoes and sandals are made with re-used yoga mats, so they’re cushy and responsive. These vegan leather sandals have padded faux leather straps with a neoprene lining (they dry fast), and have built-in arch support, so wearing them all day won’t make your feet unhappy.

Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 Sandals Courtesy of Sanuk

Sanuk Beer Cozy 2 Sandals

$36.00

  

6. Teva Omnium 2

BEST FOR DAY HIKES

Teva’s famous for their Original Universal sandal, but did you know there’s such a thing as hiking sandals? Yes, and they’re cool. Modeled on the classic Fisherman Sandal (a combination of lace-up shoe and sandal), Teva’s rest on an EVA cushiony midsole, has a nylon shank for stability and a rugged outsole that’s great for fording streams. The toe is covered, and there are cut-outs on the sides. While the sandal looks like a mix of leather, nylon, and rubber, it’s a completely vegan shoe. Teva used synthetic and plant-based materials to create this sandal.

Teva Omnium 2 vegan sandal Courtesy of Teva

Teva Omnium 2

$90.00

  

7. Sun Country Men’s Hiking Sandals

RUNNER-UP HIKING SANDALS

If you’re an occasional hiker, you can’t go wrong with a pair of these vegan leather sandals that make hiking a breeze. While Sun Country’s a relatively new brand, they’ve quickly developed a loyal following. One reviewer stated, “This is my third pair of these sandals. They fit great, are easy to slip on and remove. I wear these nearly every day.” Another reviewer claimed that “The shoes fit well, were comfortable without break-in, and worked very well in water and on land.” The top of the hiking sandal is a combination of faux leather and mesh. The vegan leather sandals boast an EVA midsole and a non-skid outsole that cannot be punctured.

Sun Country mens hiking sandals vegan sandals Courtesy of Amazon

Sun Country Men’s Hiking Sandals

$34.98

  

8. Dr. Martens Vegan Voss Sandals

BEST ELEVATED

Dr. Martens’ popular Voss Sandal now comes in a vegan option. It’s a classic sandal style that sits on the brand’s iconic wavy outsole and uses Goodyear welt to keep everything looking great for years to come.

Dr. Martens Vegan Voss Sandals Courtesy of Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens Vegan Voss Sandals

$100.00

  

9. Reef Ortho-Coast Sandal

BEST ARCH SUPPORT

This pair of Reef’s vegan leather sandals is part of their Ortho-Collection. They’re made with built-in arch support, cup your heels, and have an anatomically contoured footbed. And they look really cool too. They’re made so that you can wear them all day and your feet won’t feel tired and achy. Shown in Olive, they come in a bunch of other fashionable colors.

Reef Ortho-Coast Sandal Courtesy of Reef

Reef Ortho-Coast Sandal

$60.00

  

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