28 Apr

11 Comfortable and Sustainable Flats You’ll Love

Comfortable flats in all their forms have skyrocketed in popularity lately in the ‘90s and early noughties resurgence. Here’s how to get your hands (er, feet) on some sustainable flats.

From ballerinas to mules, flats are back

Picture this: it’s 2003, and you just slipped on a fresh pair of ballet flats with your favourite low-rise skinny jeans, ready to hit the town. Except—hang on, it’s 2022?!

That’s right—flats are back in all their glory. We’re talking classic comfy ballerinas, mules, and slingbacks. Bonus points if the toe is pointier than a witch’s hat.

As ever, trends fade in and out, and we discourage purchasing something just because you’ve seen it crop up on every fast fashion website. But if you need versatile, high-quality shoes you can love on for years to come (whether they’re “trending” or not), we’ve curated some of the cutest and comfiest sustainable flats on offer. Let’s put our best foot forward.

NAE

Rated: Good
A pair of brown cork sustainable flat shoes by NAE.

Lili Cork Women’s Ballerina Vegan Shoes – Ships internationally from Portugal

Upgrade your ballet flats with these brown cork vegan shoes with a deep tread.

NAE is a Portuguese footwear, bags, and accessories brand using innovative materials to create goods with “No Animal Exploitation”. Its sustainable materials include recycled PET from bottles, OEKO-TEX® certified microfibres, recycled car tyres, natural cork, recycled thermoplastic, and even pineapple leaf fibre. Find most of the shoes in sizes 36-46.

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Will’s Vegan Store

Rated: Good
A pair of light pink pointy shoes with a small heel.

Point Flats – Ships internationally from the UK

Available in black, pink, or stone vegan suede, these pointed-toe flats are perfect from casual to corporate.

Will’s Vegan Store produces animal and human friendly women’s and men’s footwear, clothing, and accessories at affordable prices. Find the women’s shoes in US sizes 5-10, and men’s in 7.5-14.

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Nisolo

Rated: Good
A pair of brown woven sustainable mules by Nisolo.

Ama Woven Mule – Ships within the US

If you prefer the look of a mule, these woven leather ones are super versatile and come in a range of natural hues to complement any outfit.

Nisolo is an American brand that prioritises living wages throughout its supply chains while also working to combat climate change. Available in EU sizes 35-42.

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Etiko

Rated: Great
A pair of dark blue ballerina sneakers by Etiko.

Ballet Flats Navy Organic Fairtrade – Ships internationally from Australia

These basic women’s ballet flats from Etiko are just built different: made from natural latex rubber and hand stitched organic cotton.

Etiko is an Australian designer of organic, eco-friendly, and fair trade clothing and shoes. The brand constantly sets the bar for upholding and campaigning the human rights of people working in traditionally exploitative industry supply chains. Find the clothes in AU sizes 8-20, and the shoes in UK sizes 3-13.

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AERA

Rated: Good
A fair of sustainable back pointy flats with a heel strap by AERA.

Jackie – Ships within the US

Combining elegance and comfort, Jackie is the vegan slingback of your dreams.

AERA is a US vegan luxury shoe brand, making footwear without the footprint. Its shoes are certified vegan. The brand went to great lengths to ensure that all components are made from non-animal ingredients, yet still maintain the quality and style expected from a luxury shoe. Available in US sizes 5-12.

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VEERAH

Rated: Good
A pair of bright red pointy ballerinas by VEERAH.

Vicky – Ships internationally from the US

There’s no place like home—or like these cute and comfy pointed-toe ruby red flats from VEERAH.

VEERAH is an NYC-based designer vegan shoe company founded and led by women to “do good and look incredible”. Its innovative apple peel leather shoe collection is crafted with cushioned insoles made from algae blooms. Each pair is transformative with interchangeable shoe accessories to create more looks with less. It is made for warriors “killin’ it with kindness”. Find most shoes in US sizes 5 to 11.

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Elk

Rated: Good
A pair of metallic grey flat shoes by sustainable brands Elk.

Silver Mora Flats – Ships internationally from Australia

Flats of the future, the Mora in silver features an artsy side cut-out and is made from REACH certified leather.

A pioneer of independent Australian design, Elk was founded in Melbourne in 2004. Elk creates bi-annual collections that are informed by a design ethos where simplicity and sustainability meet innovation. Find most items in AU sizes 6-18.

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Thesus (Alice + Whittles)

Rated: Good
A pair of khaki mule clogs by Thesus.

The Terrus – Ships internationally from Canada

The perfect flat to throw on for city walks or light hikes, Terrus is thoughtfully designed to keep your feet cool and comfortable all day long.

Thesus favours transparency, ethical manufacturing practices and sustainable materials as a means of creating long-lasting, positive change. Find the Terrus in EU sizes 36-42.

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NOAH

Rated: Good
A pair of bright blue mules with blue and white straps by NOAH.

Vegan Slip Isabella – Ships internationally from Germany

These vegan women’s pointed slip-ons are giving us beach holiday on the Amalfi Coast vibes.

NOAH creates cruelty-free and 100% vegan shoes and accessories. This German brand’s high-quality and long-lasting shoes are hand-crafted in Italy, using a small proportion of eco-friendly material. Find them in EU sizes 35-42.

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Shop NOAH @ Immaculate Vegan.

Gucci (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start

Pre-Loved Gucci Shoes – Ships internationally

Founded in 1921, Gucci is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces menswear, womenswear, as well as shoes, bags, and other accessories. The brand has good policies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but still uses exotic animal skin. The good news is that you can find many of Gucci’s modern luxury pieces second hand. Sizes vary.

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Shop Gucci Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Reformation (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good

Pre-Loved Reformation Shoes – Ships internationally

LA-based Reformation creates killer clothes that don’t kill the environment. The brand also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage. Sizes vary.

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Shop Reformation Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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