The Best Women’s Vegan Leather Alternative Footwear and Fashion Brands in India
Cruelty is one fashion statement we can all do without. It’s time to dive deeper into leather alternative footwear and fashion brands for women. Get ready as the list is endless!
Vegan shoes and fashion accessories are a compassionate choice for your wardrobe and you do not need to sacrifice comfort or style. These are made from alternatives like vegan leather or synthetic fabric, sans animal leather or wool.
Here’s The Earthen One’s curated list of Indian brands offering vegan, cruelty-free footwear and fashion accessories for women to feed your soul!
We like to thank Rise of Compassion for their contribution towards this list.
Responsible fashion is what this brand stands for. And this might just be the brand with the widest range — you can browse all day. Launched in 2012 by Nina Lekhi, who grew a home business into this mammoth industry leader, Baggit is known for its quirky designs in 100% non-leather bags.
This brand offers totes, hobos, sling bags, laptop bags, satchels, wallets and backpacks. You can also choose a combo product so your bag and wallet perfectly and fashionably match!
“Reimagined lifestyle accessories”, Hamelin’s tagline says it all. Reimagined it is — with cruelty-free, ethically sourced vegan leather (Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU) leather) in a wide range that is honestly priced. Madhumita, the founder of Hamelin, wanted to challenge the status quo and managed beautifully with this wide range of bags and accessories.
There’s more to coconuts than you thought! The tagline of Malai is intriguing. But who had thought that vegan leather can be created from coconut waste? Launched in 2017 by Zuzana Gombosova and Susmith Suseelan, this bio-composite material feels like leather and yet is light on the planet. This material is durable, flexible and water-resistant to some degree.
All their products are designed and made in India. The collection features pouches, wallets, coin pouches and cross-body bags.
4. Broke Mate
If you are looking for no-fuss, simple and functional bags then Broke Mate is perfect for you. Their classic designs are ideal for regular use. A special mention about their laptop bags which are a relief from the regular mundane ones.
5. Moon Rabbit
Stylish and yet mindful!
Meet Moon Rabbit, a vegan faux leather brand offering bags and accessories that are playful yet classy. High-quality products that are skillfully hand-crafted in India, this brand is ideal for the fashion-conscious.
This brand offers a wide range of bags, wallets, laptop sleeves, luggage tags, travel pouches, desk accessories and even test tube planters!
6. Tann Trim
Tann stands for brown and Trim for minute details! The Tann Trim range encapsulates that perfectly in ethically sourced polyurethane (PU) leather. The designs are chic and highly functional and available in a wide range of bags and accessories like laptop sleeves, mouse pads, and desk mats.
Made from Cork? Yes, you heard it right. Established in 2015, Arture is a leather alternative brand in India offering lifestyle products made from 100% cork fabric. Cork is water-resistant, anti-fungal, lightweight and flexible. It looks stylish and is sustainable too!
The collection offers a range of wallets, sling bags, laptops, kindle sleeves and travel accessories.
2AM was started by Anjali & Meha in 2014. Stylish, hip, and quirky, their wide range of bags and accessories stands apart from others — the Tyohar Festive range with intricate embroidery on vegan leather, and the hand-painted range. You can also order a customised handmade monogram tote!
Riti stands by the line “Fashion with compassion.” The range of bags are decorative, intricate and embellished to suit all fashion sensibilities.
10. The House of Ganges
If you like neat aesthetics then this brand is perfect. And all in a wide range of eye-popping colours. The House of Ganges is a luxury design house, founded by Riya and Ricky Osatwal, offering a range of luxury vegan bags and accessories. This brand takes a step further by not only offering ethically made goods but also supporting fair wages.
Like crochet? If you find crochet bags delicate and with the risk of items falling out, then the range of bags from Wabasta is just for you. Crochet married with vegan cruelty-free leather to create a range that showcases handwoven artistry to its finest.
Not only 100% vegan and cruelty-free, but Ecoright also uses natural, organic and recycled fabrics for its range of bags. Even their inks and dyes are ado-free with no harmful chemicals — safe for humans, safe for the planet.
This brand is proudly labelled “Genuinely Not Leather”! This brand uses two very innovative materials — pineapple leaf fibre and pleather which is a plastic fabric made to look like leather. The smart and fashionable range includes messenger bags, trunks, backpacks, and purses—all in a range of colours.
14. A Big Indian Story
A Big Indian Story is exactly what the name suggests! This brand works with traditional Indian artisans to create contemporary clothing, a range of bags and accessories for men and women. Their range promises only natural fabrics, vegetable dyes and cruelty-free materials.
Footwear Range: Sandals, Slippers, Sliders, Brogues, Mules and Kitten heels.
Since their launch in 2013 when they crafted footwear from old, discarded tyres, Paaduks has always been one step ahead. Expect a range of stylish and trendy vegan footwear that is sustainable at every step!
Range: Flats, Flip Flops, Sandals, Slide in, Mules, Heels.
This brand came into being after years of experimenting with all kinds of plant-based leather including mushroom leather! This vegan shoe brand makes stylish yet comfortable shoes. The products are handcrafted and can be customised.
Range: Women: Ballets, Mules, Sandals, Boots and Juttis. They even have a heeled sandal with interchangeable straps to match your OOTD.
Ikkat moves from your clothes onto your handbags and footwear. Founded in 2016, Zouk fuses prints like Ikkat with modern vegan sensibilities and functionalities. Apart from the wide selection of bags, Zouk also offers a range of footwear made in vegan leather with Zouk’s signature prints.
Range: Bellies, Sliders, Chappals, Sandals and Mules.
18. The CAI Store
With more than 200 varieties of footwear for women, CAI takes care of all your sole and soul needs! They also have a physical store at Palladium Mall, Mumbai. Expect aesthetic yet functional designs.
Range: Women: Platforms, Wedges, Sandals, Slippers, Closed shoes. They also offer a range of conscious vegan footwear for kids.
19. Misfit Panda
Launched in 2017, Misfit Panda is a nice twist to the founder’s surname Juveca Panda. Misfit Panda offers a range of footwear, bags and accessories with playful prints, colours, embroidery and laser-cut motifs. They have backpacks made with cactus leather and recycled plastic bottles!
Range: Sandals, Sliders, Shoes, Espadrilles, Mules, Loafers, Ballerinas.
Gush went animal leather free in 2015 after the founders scrutinised the pollution caused by tannery effluents. Gush is out to prove sustainability is cool and cruelty-free shoes and accessories can be stylish, trendy and fun! Gush has its heart in the right place! And they use skilled artisans and traditions to create beautiful footwear.
Range: Flats, Wedges.
Chunky boots and chunky platforms! Yes, they’ve got it all. Daisie’s range of footwear is targeted at the modern and conscious woman. It offers a range of designs to suit all fashion sensibilities, tastes and fashion moments from intricate designs to sporty footwear.
Range: Heels, Sliders, Slipper, Mules, Kolhapuris, Boots and Platforms.
âme promises a paradise for your feet! Founded in 2019, this brand runs a conscious business that minimises waste while using cruelty-free 100% vegan materials. The range offers accessible luxury with a concentration on strong functionality — as seen in the super comfortable 3-layer cushioned footwear.
Range: Slippers, Point-toes, Sandals, Wedges, Mules, Slip-ons — all in flats or with heels.
23. Sole House
If you like intricate designs then Sole House’s range will end your quest for luxury vegan footwear. While you can choose from the range available on the website, you can also customise a special pair for yourself!
Range: Wedges, Flats, Mules, Ballerinas, Loafers, Juttis, Pencil heels and Block heels.
Zebba promises everyday footwear with that special oomph! Made from vegan leather, Zebba’s range is generously decorated with beads, butterflies, flowers, glitter and embroidery. Don’t miss the gold-coloured mules.
Range: Slippers, Sandals, Mules, Slip-ons and Closed shoes in heels and flats. A mini-range for kids too.
25. Sole Weavers
Sole Weavers was founded by Shraddha Joshi in March 2022 — made in India and 100% vegan range. What’s special? This brand offers customised footwear to cater to wide feet, broad toe shape, swollen feet and odd sizes.
Range: Slip-ons, Flats, Heels, Juttis, Kolhapuri, Mules, Pumps, Sliders, Wedges, and more
26. Shoes That Fit You (STFY)
Brides you might want to head straight here! STFY is an Indian vegan footwear brand delivering worldwide and they offer customised Bridal Trousseau footwear too!
Range: Block Heels, Wedges, Flats, Heels, Mules.
27. Beej (Soon to close)
Studio Beej was founded in 2019 with a resolve to be more conscious and sustainable. Their range is stylish, fashionable, and beautifully crafted. This design house is shutting so many of their designer bags and accessories are on sale.
28. Green Hermitage
Conscious, Minimal, Sustainable
The brand strives to make the finest sustainable handbags to give you the experience of what luxury feels when it has been made in harmony with our natural environment. They showcase this not just through their final product, but the cycle starts all the way from when the seeds are sown, the plant is ripe to sourcing of raw materials, the supply chain and finally when the material reaches the artisan for production. There is a system of checks, tests and high standards of sustainability that have to be met at each step of the cycle before any piece of thread or material reaches them. Wow! That’s some commitment. So if you are an environmentally conscious consumer, this brand is for you.
We want a future that is fashionably slow!
It’s also one of the most misunderstood words. Slow is timeless. It’s classic. And that’s the philosophy that reflects in their collection. Rashki – a homegrown premium vegan leather fashion brand by animal lovers. Every Rashki product is crafted to champion “aesthetics with ethics”. Because you deserve a lifestyle that doesn’t cost a life
This is just the start of a never-ending list of vegan footwear and accessories brands for women in India. There are brands like Modern Myth, Mara Mma, Teal Shoes, Modanta, Marcus Taurus, Melissa, Tiesta, and Mioborsa… yeah, we can keep typing! Bottom line, going vegan isn’t going to stop you from getting your fashion fix.
Stay compassionate, stay cool. Responsible fashion is the future.