Wedding dresses are attention stealers when it comes to wedding day style, but menswear—whether worn by grooms, brides, or gender non-conforming folks—deserves its moment in the spotlight, too.
On average, grooms spend considerably less than brides to dress for wedding-day success. In 2022, the average amount spent on a wedding dress is $1500, while tuxedos ring in at roughly $275. But when it comes to footwear, that gender gap narrows and the possibilities expand (who says you can’t wear sneakers at the altar?).
And while vegan shoes still haven’t caught up to their animal-derived counterparts when it comes to sheer volume of options, we’ve found no shortage of fashionable, comfortable, and cruelty-free kicks with a masculine edge that are perfect for a variety of weddings.
Whether you’re getting married at a centuries-old cathedral, on the beach in Mexico, or in your own backyard, these stylish, high-quality shoes will take you from the altar to your honeymoon, and have you looking for opportunities to wear them again and again.
Wedding-Ready Footwear With Masculine Flair
Longwing in Navy
Launched by ethical vegan Joshua Katcher in 2010, Brave GentleMan holds the honor of being the world's first-ever 100% vegan fashion brand focused on menswear, from made-to-order organic cotton suits to EU Ecolabel Certified footwear. These classic brogues have a modern vibe thanks to the deep blue, Italian-milled plant leather, and were sustainably crafted in Brazil using fair labor practices. We'd pair these with a bespoke suit, and then get more mileage out of them after the wedding wearing them on the regular with jeans.
Call It Spring
The vegan shoes from this sub-brand of European footwear chain Aldo are made with eco-friendly vegan leathers, recycled jersey fabrics, and yarns created from recycled plastic bottles. Every pair boasts climate-neutral cred, and with a price tag that clocks in at just $36, odds are good that this pair of chic loafers won't break your wedding budget!
Will's Vegan Store
Goodyear Welt Oxfords
"Goodyear Welt" is a technical term that decribes the technique of stitching the sole of a shoe to its upper, and is considered a hallmark of high-quality footwear. These classic Oxfords can be resoled, extending their lifespan, but when the time comes to bid adieu to these handsome shoes for good, Will's offers a free shoe recycling program. And did we mention their next-level carbon neutrality? Shoes are delivered via a carbon-neutral supply chain in paper packaging.
Matt & Nat
We love that this shiny boot straddles that edge of formal and stylish, which means you’ll be wearing these beauties long after your wedding day. Made from biodegradable polyurethane, they've got a special feature for wearers who'd welcome a little extra verticality: a subtle 1.5” heel to ensure you’re standing on top of the world not just at the altar, but every time you wear them.
Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather
We love the flashy red sole and chic grey microfiber suede (and matching laces) of these handsome Oxfords by French footwear brand Good Guys Don't Wear Leather. This company, which operates under the slogan “no animals or humans were harmed in the making of these shoes," has ethics built into its ethos, and green values at its core. Every pair of shoes is vegan (of course!), produced using fair labor practices, and shipped to your door in recycled (and recyclable) packaging.
Albert Cap Toe Derby in Cognac
Like so many vegan inventions, Dutch footwear brand Gentleberg Amsterdam was born to fill a void after founder Matthijs Berg was unable to find a pair of classic leather-free dress shoes to wear with his suit. So what did he do? He launched a successful crowdfunding campaign and created the shoes he desired himself (with the help of professional shoemakers and an expert team). These Derbys have an aged leather look indestinguishable from their animal-derived counterparts, and come in three color options to perfectly match your wedding day vibe.
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