Shiny chunky black vegan loafers by NAE.
18 Nov
Shiny chunky black vegan loafers by NAE.

Our 7 Favourite More Sustainable Loafers This Season

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Loafers are loved by many fashion-enthusiasts the world over for their timeless style and diversity across outfits. Here’s our round-up of responsibly made loafers from better brands.

Lean into the loafer love

Loafers are the perfect blend of comfort and class, and they can look great on anyone thanks to the diversity in styles. From the classic slim-line penny loafer to the recent obsession with a chunky loafer, you’re bound to find a shoe that suits you in this enduring shoe trend. Loafers also work across seasons, pairing just as well with a skirt as your favourite pair of jeans.

Traditionally, loafers were made with conventional leather—but we know the contentious animal-derived material often comes with a host of ethics and sustainability issues for workers, the environment, and of course, the animals themselves. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favourite loafers from brands doing it better, either using responsibly-sourced non-leather materials, or recycled or Leather Working Group certified leather.

Second hand leather loafers are also a fantastic, long-lasting option if you can find the perfect pair for you at your local charity shop or on a resale app like Depop, thredUP, or Vestiaire Collective. But for when you must buy new, discover the rest of our top picks for more sustainable loafers.

7 responsibly-made loafers you’ll love

NAE

Rated: Good
Shiny chunky black vegan loafers by NAE.

Anuk Black Vegan Loafer Chunky Sole – Ships internationally from Portugal

Let’s start off strong with the hottest loafers of the moment: chunky loafers. These vegan loafers are made with a responsibly-sourced microfibre leather and are designed to be breathable, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic.

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 brown pair of men's vegan leather loafers by Will's Vegan Store.

Men’s City Vegan Leather Loafers – Ships internationally from the UK

A classic brown loafer is a staple in any put-together wardrobe, and this men’s pair by Will’s ticks all the boxes.

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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Shop Will’s Vegan Store @ Immaculate Vegan.

NOAH

Rated: Good
A taupe grey and a black pair of basic slip on loafers by NOAH.

Vegan Loafer Aurora – Ships internationally from Germany

These elegant and comfortable loafers are made from animal-free microsuede and come in two classic shades to match any outfit: black and taupe.

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.

Good Guys

Rated: Good
A black pair of vegan leather tassel chunky loafers by Good Guys.

Tosh Vegan Leather Tassel Loafers – ships internationally from France

Handmade and stitched in Italy, these vegan leather tassel loafers add a touch of flair to the classic shoe look.

Good Guys creates cruelty-free shoes for women and men, founded and designed by Marion Hanania in Paris. Through Good Guys, Hanania aims to create the perfect cruelty-free, made in Europe closet, where no animal product is involved, and the production guarantees fair trade working conditions. Find most shoes in EU sizes 36-46.

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Shop Good Guys @ Immaculate Vegan.

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Nisolo

Rated: Good
A pair of taupe and a pair of black leather loafers by Nisolo.

Everyday Slip On Loafer – Ships internationally from the US

For a simpler version of a loafer, Nisolo’s slip-on smoking shoe in black or almond is a good option. They are made from water resistant Leather Working Group certified leather.

Nisolo is an American brand that prioritises living wages throughout its supply chains while also working to combat climate change.

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ABLE

Rated: Good
Brown and white cow print upcycled leather loafers by ABLE.

Diane Loafer – Ships within the US and Canada from the US

If plain ain’t your game, the white and brown cow print upcycled leather loafers from ABLE maybe be more your style.

ABLE is a US-based clothing and accessories brand that works with communities all over the world to make a meaningful impact, producing slow fashion that pays a living wage to women who have faced extraordinary circumstances. It uses more eco-friendly materials, and reuses water and materials to minimise waste. With thoughtful design and a level of quality that guarantees its products for life, its pieces aren’t just an investment for your wardrobe, they are an investment in women around the world. Find the range in sizes 2XS-2XL.

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Reformation (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good
Second hand yellow and black snake print leather loafers by Reformation.

Pre-Owned Reformation Loafers – 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.

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Shop Reformation Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

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