Over the past year, there has been a sharp rise in veganism, and it feels like every day there is news of a mainstream brand like Pizza Hut and Pret-a-Manger launching new vegan products. According to Marketing Week, almost half of the UK's vegans made the switch in 2018. This movement isn't just reflected in supermarket aisles and lunch spots, as many fashion retailers are looking to up their offerings too. I wrote a story about vegan boots in January— and I only found three options that were worth shouting about. However, today Topshop has filled this gap on the high street by launching a PETA-approved range of vegan sandals and mules that are handmade in Spain.
“We are really excited to be launching our first vegan collection," says Maddy Evans, Topshop's fashion director. "Initially we’re focusing on footwear and introducing six new styles that are produced alongside our premium shoe lines in Spain. We can’t wait to see how shoppers respond to the design-led collection and how far we can push vegan products across our accessories offering.”
The hero shoe in the collection is the Noah sandal with unusual straps wrapping over the foot and toes and a really low block heel. These are £49 and come in burnt orange and a black crocodile-effect finish. Keep scrolling to shop Topshop's first vegan shoe collection.