10 Stylish Non-Leather Shoes Under $80 for Yom Kippur

On Yom Kippur we do not wear leather to show our humility and demonstrate our purity. Denying ourselves luxuries like leather demonstrates our commitment to atone for our sins. Oftentimes you will see people wear sneakers, even with formal outfits like suits and dresses, however really there are many more options for synthetic shoes than sneakers. Here are some of my favorites.

Note: These links are all from Zappos, which is the only way I buy shoes. I don’t think I’ve even been in a shoe store since I’ve started shopping with Zappos.




Volatile Gracelyn ($69.99)

This shoe looks like leather but it’s not. The entire thing from the upper to the sole is man made. Short boots are so fashionable now and I’m loving this one with trousers or a skirt. 

Bandolino Lantana

Bandolino Lantana ($59.00)

A really pretty neutral shoe that would look great with an all white outfit.

Dirty Laundry DI Marcie

Dirty Laundry DL Marching ($39.99)

Another great nude shoe that is more practical for walking to shul.

JBU Melrose

JBU Melrose ($69.95)

Really cute mary jane with a great surface detail and color. 

Nine West Franco

Nine West Franco ($79.00)

A classic pump in a classic color that would look great with a formal dress.

Easy Spirit Kathleen
Easy Spirit Kathleen ($59.00)

I love platform shoes and this platform flat gets great reviews for its comfort. 

bernie mev. Fame

Bernie Mev Fame ($79.75)

Silver shoes are so practical, I wear them all the time. These are really hip and would look great with a white outfit.

LifeStride Badu

LifeStride Badu ($59.99)

I have a pair of LifeStride flats and they are really comfortable. The faux patent leather looks smart and with a rubber outsole, these are probably really good for walking. 

Steve Madden Illusion

Steve Madden Elusion ($59.95)

Super cute flatter-than-flat flat. 

Keds Cali Slip-On

Keds Cali Slip-Ons ($48.00)

And if you must wear a sneaker, there is nothing cuter than these Keds.

Now the hard part, deciding which to buy!


  • Now this is a post I can get behind! So many cute styles!

    I have a pair of those Steven Brynns, but in flats, and they are really, really comfortable. Highly recommend.

  • Many of the Tom’s canvas styles are excellent choices, fun, and also good Tzedaka, which can only help one’s case on Yom Kippur. Have an easy fast everyone and perhaps begin to cut down on caffeine now… it will lessen the “fasting headache”.

    • So true about Tom’s and thanks for the tip about caffeine…definitely the hardest part of fasting for me.

  • Many Tom’s shoes have leather insoles – choose carefully!

    From the Tom’s website:

    Our leather insoles are made of pig suede. Please note that certain styles do not use leather insoles, but instead utilize insoles made of microfiber, hemp, canvas, faux shearling or other materials.

  • Thank you for the hot shoe tips! I just bought a pair of cute non-leather ankle boots from Gap online. And Blowfish shoes are all vegan. You can buy them on their website too.

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