Being vegan is so much more than simply what you eat. It’s a lifestyle choice that involves living more sustainably and being more conscious about the products you consume. From alcohol to skincare products to tattoos, there are a lot of things to consider. Including what you wear. And today I wanted to talk about vegan shoes!
However, when you hear the words vegan clothing or vegan shoes, the first image that comes to mind may be of a hippie in a flowy tunic or loose-fitting kaftan with a pair of beige sandals. But this doesn’t have to be the case. Vegan fashion has come a long way over the last decade, with many brands and designers doing their best to produce more ethical products.
Stylish and sustainable vegan shoes in particular have grown massively in popularity and availability over the last few years. Helped greatly by the creation of vegan leathers and other sustainable plant-based fabrics. These eco-friendly vegan materials are replacing the animal products – including leather, suede, wool, and fur – that have dominated the shoe market up until now. It was about time that the shoewear industry had an ethical and cruelty-free overhaul.
The Best Vegan Shoes
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If you’re looking to invest in some cruelty-free 100% vegan shoes, I’ve put together a list of my favorite vegan shoes that combine sustainability with durability, fashion, and comfort.
A great pair of black sneakers should be a staple in everyone’s wardrobe, especially when they’re made from sustainable vegan materials. These sleek vegan trainers are made with a faux leather upper, organic cotton lining, and a wild rubber sole sourced from the Amazon rainforest. The trendy All Black Sneakers are designed by Veja, the first sustainable sneaker brand in the world. As well as producing some of the best vegan shoes on the market, Veja has a strong focus on transparency, fair trade, and social and environmental responsibility.
Will’s Vegan Shoes are one of my favorite sustainable vegan shoe brands. Their range of vegan shoes and vegan boots are all made in Portugal and Italy from eco-certified material using bio oil sourced from organic cereal crops grown in Northern Europe. Their entire production process is also carbon-neutral, right down to the packaging. For the fashion-conscious, Will’s Berlin Trainers are one of the brand’s coolest vegan shoes. They have a retro feel to them, with a white body and contrast black laces. Plus, their new biodegradable insole lining made from natural Tencel fibers are so soft that you won’t be compromising comfort for style.
Another more understated pair of white vegan trainers perfect for daily wear are Rothy’s Bright White Lace-Ups. Comfortable, breathable, and machine-washable, these vegan shoes are made from Rothy’s signature thread which is spun from single-use plastic water bottles diverted from landfills, as well as other plant-based materials. While the all-white sneakers are a great everyday look, there are also several other limited edition designs to choose from too.
Stan Smith Vegan is a range of Adidas vegan shoes that combine the brand’s most iconic tennis shoe with their commitment to using more sustainable materials. The versatile everyday sneaker has a vegan upper and an outsole made from rubber waste. With over 100 different colors and styles to choose from, these vegan Adidas shoes are a timeless must-have that will never go out of fashion.
Matt & Nat were once best known for their beautiful vegan handbags and wallets designed in Montreal, Canada. Then they added high-quality vegan shoes to their collection, with a gorgeous range of sandals, heels, boots, sneakers, and more. These chic chunky lace-up sneakers are made from sustainable, cruelty-free materials, with a lining made of 100% recycled plastic bottles. Comfy, stylish, and good for the planet! What more could you want?
One of the most iconic footwear brands of all time has elevated its classic shoe even further by creating vegan versions. Yes, I’m talking about vegan Doc Martens. Their 1461 Oxford Shoes were one of the brand’s very first lines and are still to this day one of their finest. A stylish unisex option for work or play, the 1461’s come with the brand’s signature yellow stitching and its iconic air-cushioned, super resistant, non-slip, and Goodyear Welted sole. The only difference is, the usual leather body has been swapped for a high-shine vegan synthetic material. The same premium, sturdy, and long-lasting DM’s, but now completely cruelty-free.
The Adidas by Stella McCartney Ultraboost Sandal is another of my top picks from the Adidas vegan shoe range. It’s an ultra-lightweight running shoe that is the perfect mix of style and function. The sandal trainer is made using Adidas’s Primeblue, a high-performance recycled material made in part with upcycled plastic waste. The Primeknit upper wraps the foot to support movement, while the Boost midsole cushions your foot to keep a spring in your step. The ultimate vegan shoes for supporting your workout goals and supporting the planet.
One brand proving that vegan shoes can most certainly be stylish is Humans are Vain, a contemporary eco-sustainable vegan brand from Sweden. Using recycled materials, such as polyester made from up-cycled ocean trash, and plant-based products, such as pineapple leaf fiber, they’ve created a range of simple and stylish vegan trainers and boots. Their Challenge V2 Sustainable Vegan Leather Panel Trainers are some of the best vegan trainers in the market right now. They’re lightweight, breathable, fast-drying, and highly resistant. Not to mention, super chic. Once you have a pair of these shoes in your life, you won’t need to buy any more for a long time. But when you are finally done with them, they’re also fully recyclable.
If you’re the type of person who wants to stand out from the crowd, Womsh Sneakers are for you. Made in Italy, all of Womsh’s stylish and colorful sneakers are sustainably made with respect for the local people and land, while their vegan range is also 100% cruelty-free. Their vegan shoes are made from local eco-friendly materials, including recycled plastic bottles collected in northern Italy and Appleskin bio-based leather, which is created using fibers derived from processing waste from apples grown in the Trentino region. There are also loads of different colors and designs to pick from so that you can tailor them to your personal style.
Last but certainly not least, Reebok’s Nano X1 are another great option for a sustainable vegan training shoe. Comfortable and extremely durable, the Nano has been created using soft plant-based materials, such as a floatride energy foam sole made from castor seeds which provide flexible cushioning when you’re on the move. These vegan workout shoes are truly built for whatever you can throw at them. I’m also a huge fan of their cute blue and brown design.