Dr. Martens has a little something for everyone.
In addition to offering authentic leather footwear for men, women and children, the brand also sells vegan options. You can now find your favorites like the 1460 Boots, which have been famously worn by Gigi Hadid, and other styles with animal-friendly constructions.
Dr. Martens carries a range of silhouettes, including boots, oxfords and sandals, that feature synthetic materials and are free of animal-based adhesives. The brand promises that the vegan looks still contain Dr. Martens’ signature “DNA,” so you won’t see or feel the difference. Take the 1461 Smooth Leather Oxford shoes, for example. The brand transformed the six-decade-old look into a vegan shoe designed with a high-shine synthetic material that boasts a supple, luxe finish. Shoppers on the brand’s website rave that Dr. Martens’ vegan styles are comfortable, making them ideal for daily wear.
With production starting in Germany in 1947, the brand introduced its first style as a work boot. Fast forward 72 years and Dr. Martens’ 1460 Boot was named Shoe of the Year at the FN Achievement Awards, recognized for its enduring popularity as both a functional and fashion-forward silhouette among shoppers of all ages.
As for vegan leather, the material is certainly in high demand. According to a 2017 report from Grand View Research Inc., the global synthetic market is expected to reach $85.05 billion by 2025.
If vegan leather hasn’t made its way into your closet yet, you’re in luck. Below, FN has gathered the best vegan boots and shoes to shop from Dr. Martens.
Vegan 1460 Felix Lace Up Boots
This unisex boot offers the same classic vibe of Dr. Martens’ signature style, but with a 100% vegan material construction. The shoe boasts a high-shine, two-tone finish and lace-up closure. In addition to Gigi Hadid, model Irina Shayk is a fan of the style.
Vegan 2976 Felix Chelsea Boots
Dr. Martens 2976 Felix Chelsea boots, which were first designed as riding boots, are a sleek option for both men and women. The shoes are made with the brand’s AirWair bouncing soles that are oil-and-fat resistant and provide good grip and support. Shoppers suggest buying a size up for ultimate comfort.
Vegan Jadon II Platform Boots
Platform shoes and chunky boots were a big trend in 2020 and are likely to remain a must-have shoe. The Jadon II platform boots are made from Oxford Rub Off, a synthetic material with a high-shine, cherry-red finish. The shoes are also slip-resistant and feature visible stitching with grooved sides.
Vegan 1490 Felix Mid Calf Boots
Lace-up boots are a timeless addition to any wardrobe. The shoes are versatile as they pair well with denim, skirts and dresses. Dr. Martens’ 1490 Felix mid calf boots feature an air-cushioned sole and Goodyear-welt construction for durability.
Vegan 1460 Goldmix
Add some color into your footwear rotation with these metallic boots, which come in blue and pink. The boots are named after their birthday, April 1960, and were re-introduced in a vegan construction. The shoes are also perfect for winter and spring due to their soft color.
Vegan 101 Felix Ankle Boots
If you’re looking for a classic Dr. Martens look, the Vegan 101 Felix ankle boots are for you. They offer an instantly recognizable silhouette with a utilitarian workwear feel. This boot gets its name after the material Felix Rub-Off. The shoe boasts grooved edges, a yellow welt stitch and a scripted heel loop. Shoppers claim these are super-durable, too.
Vegan 1461 Oxford Shoes
Whether you’re looking for new office shoes or a sleek, everyday pair, these are a great addition to your closet. Oxfords are another trendy style due to their timelessness and versatility.
Vegan Gryphon Gladiator Sandals
Get a head start on your spring wardrobe with these sandals. Dr. Martens introduced the shoes as a reworked vegan version of the brand’s Gryphon Gladiator sandals.
Vegan Blaire Women’s Felix Gladiator Sandals
This style is a spin on the gladiator sandal, as it offers a slight platform with a ridged sole. The shoe is equipped with an adjustable buckle strap at the ankle and an arched footbed.