Autumn has arrived and the cold is creeping in, which means it’s time to start digging out our jumpers again. There are plenty of vegan coats, jackets, boots and shoes for different budgets – the trick is knowing where to find them.
One of the best parts of winter is choosing a cosy coat, right? When it comes to refreshing our winter wardrobes, we often don’t consider that materials such as leather, wool and down are animal-derived. However, shopping for vegan coats and jackets is easier than you might think, as various brands are increasing their vegan and cruelty-free offerings.
Check out the high street retailers and vegan fashion brands making it easier to shop ethically.
From practical parkas to trendy faux fur coats, you can find relatively low-cost vegan outerwear at well-known retailers. Check out ASOS, Topshop, H&M, Monki, Miss Selfridge, Oasis, River Island and Superdry for cruelty-free coats and jackets.
When shopping online, you can often filter by material to ensure you don’t buy products with animal-derived materials. Double-check the product information on retailers’ websites before buying, as not all vegan-friendly items are advertised as vegan.
If you want to wrap up in a coat from a 100% vegan brand, it will usually cost more but it will last longer than cheaper alternatives. Matt & Natt has an impressive collection of stylish vegan outerwear which includes raincoats, bomber jackets, trench coats and much more. Natural Collection has ladies’ coats and jackets which are Fair Trade and made with organic cotton. Save the Duck also produces some super-warm jackets for adults and children that are good enough to get vegan mountaineer Kuntal Joisher to the summit of Everest!
Vegan Boots and Shoes
For many people, the go-to material for winter footwear is leather because it’s robust and goes with pretty much everything. Contrary to what the industry saya, leather isn’t a harmless by-product of the meat industry, which is why more and more people are opting for cruelty-free alternatives instead. Fortunately, you can keep your feet warm and dry in leather-like footwear that’s soft, supple and stylish to boot.
When browsing shoes, look for the symbols below which indicate the materials used. PVC, polyurethane, rubber and fabric are materials commonly used in shoes that are suitable for vegans.
Shoe shopping on a budget? Koi Footwear has an expanding collection of fashionable vegan shoes and boots for all genders. Many high street brands and supermarkets offer vegan-friendly footwear such as New Look, Office, Schuh, H&M and Marks and Spencer. These are the places to go for wallet-friendly faux leather and suede footwear. Dr Martens also offers a range of vegan boots.
Although some footwear is made with faux leather, the adhesive might still be animal-based. If the shoes aren’t labelled clearly, you may have to directly contact the brand to confirm that no animal-derived materials have been used. See Ethical Elephant’s handy guide to the brands that avoid animal-based glues.
For those who are able to spend a bit more on footwear, there are lots of vegan brands to choose from:
PAGE UPDATED OCTOBER 2021