Men’s boots have made huge strides in the past few years. Today, there are more cool men’s boots available than ever before that are stylish, durable, and cruelty-free. Plus, there’s a revolution happening on the materials front. Increasingly, we’re seeing innovative materials that are not only vegan, but eco-friendly as well. One such material is Piñatex™, also referred to as “pineapple leather,” which is a non-woven, leather alternative that’s made with sustainable pineapple leaf fibers. Other new eco and vegan materials include Mycro©, a cotton-backed micro-fiber polyurethane that carries the European Union Ecolabel. The EU Ecolabel denotes that a product has met strict environmental criteria that consider the entire product life cycle – from the extraction of raw materials to production, packaging, transport, end use, and disposal.
If you like the look of leather but not the idea of wearing someone else’s skin on your feet, today you can find non-leather boots that break in and get better with age, just as the classic leather styles do. Or, if you like a more “plant-based” aesthetic, you can find cool men’s boots made with natural, sustainable materials like hemp. Today, you don’t have to compromise on style, quality, or your social values: the best men’s boots meet all of your criteria.
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Novacas is a 100% cruelty-free brand. Their name means “no cows” in Spanish, even though their vegan boots have a classic leather look. Novacas makes their boots in Portugal and they adhere to ethical working standards for their workers. In addition, their boots are non-toxic and PVC-free.
Dr. Martens’ boots are ultra-durable classics. When the company came out with a range of cruelty-free options, animal lovers everywhere rejoiced. Today, you’ll find vegan Dr. Martens in a wide range of colors, styles, and animal-friendly materials.
Will’s Vegan Shoes is a 100% vegan footwear brand that makes a variety of cool boots for men. Founder Will Green set out to create a brand that would be gentle on people, animals, and the planet. All of Will’s boots and shoes are made in ethical working conditions in Italy and Portugal. In addition, the company focuses on having a carbon neutral supply chain, as well as running completely carbon neutral production process. Whether you’re looking for a dress boot for work or hitting the town, or a rugged work boot, Will’s is a brand that’s worth checking out.
Metrocharm is a brand that offers a wide variety of men’s non-leather boots in both casual and dress styles. If you like the look of leather, but want to go cruelty-free on a budget, you’ll like Metrocharm. Their shoes come in at the $30 – $50 price range.
This style comes in black, brown, tan, navy blue, and gray.
Vegan Work Boots for Men
These Ninja-style Japanese boots by Fugu are pretty badass. While they’re comfortable and lightweight, they have a reinforced iron dome steel toe to protect your feet. They’re made with heavy, vegan-friendly canvas and come in a few different styles. Still need convincing? Go watch one of the recent Star Trek movies or the Hunger Games, and you’ll probably see some Fugus in action.Comes in ankle boot and tall styles. Colors: gray or black.
Disruptive menswear brand, Brave GentleMan, is another new company that is changing the world of footwear. Founder Joshua Katcher believes that workers making his products deserve dignity, respect, safe working conditions, and a living wage. He also believes that animals do not belong in the fashion production system. We couldn’t agree more! Brave GentleMan uses EU Ecolabel certified materials and offers a range of stylish, high-quality men’s vegan boots and shoes.
Rock Fall is known for their heavy work boots. I was glad to see they offer a few leather-free, microfiber styles. (For all you vegans, be sure to double check the product details to avoid their leather styles.)
Native is a 100% vegan footwear brand that offers a wide variety of styles of men’s boots and shoes. They utilize a low-emission manufacturing process, and their foam-injection molding process creates less waste than what it typical for the shoe industry. The materials used in their shoes are free of BPA, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other hazardous materials. In addition, they always ship their boots and shoes in recyclable packaging. Native shoes have a unique look, so you can choose to stand out from the crowd in some of their flashier colors or go with something more low key. They’re a brand that has something for everyone when it comes to casual, cruelty-free boots and shoes.
Available colors: black, white, red, and gray.
Vegan Steel Toe Boots
These black steel toe boots are made in Germany with vegan leather and they’re PETA Approved. There’s also a taller style that you can view here.
These top-rate steel toe boots are 100% waterproof, with a 16″ shaft for extra protection. They’re rate for sub-65 °F weather, plus they have a breathable mesh lining that wicks away moisture when it’s warmer outside. They have a certified steel toe to protect your feet from impacts from above.
17. Vegan Steel Toe Work Boots by Avenger
Vegan Combat Boots
The sky’s the limit with these cool constellation combat boots. The design is printed on tough nylon canvas. They have a breathable foam insole that is will keep your feet cool and dry. Check out Voideine’s Etsy store to see a few more styles.
These plaid vegan combat boots are handmade with sturdy nylon canvas.
Chukka Boots and Desert Boots
Bourgeois Boheme (sometimes referred to as “BoBo”) is a sustainably-focused shoe company that is breaking new ground by using with Earth-friendly materials like Piñatex™. They also use plant-based polymers that are derived from natural, renewable sources, such as grains and seeds instead of from petrochemicals. Their boots are made with PVC-free faux leather and microfiber. (PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride, is a material like polyurethane, that uses unhealthy chemicals in its production.)
Risorse Future is an Italian vegan footwear designer that puts an emphasis on creating eco-friendly, sustainable shoes. They offer a number of styles of boots and shoes that are made with plant-based materials, including hemp and cotton. Their name translated into English means “Resources” and “Future,” which defines their sustainable design philosophy.
These cool, 100% vegan, sustainable desert boots are made with hemp and have a cotton lining. The sole is made with natural rubber. They are sustainably made in Italy.
Ahimsa is an artisanal Brazilian shoemaker that only makes shoes that are cruelty-free, and they put a special emphasis on producing shoes sustainably. Ahimsa’s mission is to respect all forms of life and inspire conscious behavior. Their end goal is “to have a more conscious society, one day completely free of cruelty.” Ahimsa’s shoes are all made in the company’s own factory. They chose not to outsource so they could ensure that workers would be treated well and make a fair wage. Their men’s vegan boots are all handmade. They also use water-based adhesives in all of their shoes.
Back in the day, when it was really hard to find stylish men’s vegan boots, there was Alberto Fellini. This is a brand that’s been around for decades, offering a wide variety of cool men’s boots and shoes in manmade materials. Whether you’re looking for a vegan suede desert boot or a non-leather western-style dress boot, Alberto Fellini will have you covered, and at prices that are easy on your wallet.
These handmade vegan chukka boots are made with faux suede and fabric. The fabric upper is hand painted with an Africa-inspired motif. These boots are made to order. Just visit 2Woo’s Etsy store for more info.
Available colors: brown and black
Contemporary and comfortable, these vegan motorcycle boots by Alpinestars feature an ergonomic design that gives you more control on the bike. They have a breathable, durable microfiber upper and they’re 100% waterproof.
Men’s Snow Boots and Winter Boots
Another style by Kamik, this boot has a bungee cord drawstring closure at the top and an ankle belt to ensure a snug fit. They’re made with waterproof nylon uppers and a heavy duty rubber sole. The shaft measures 13″ from the arch.
Available colors: black and gray
These knee-high waterproof rubber boots for men are rated for sub-40-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. They’ve got a removable thermal liner and an adjustable snow collar. The shaft measures approximately 13″ from arch and the heel is 1.25″.
Available colors: black and gray
Great for after snowboarding, skiing, or just walking around town, these padded ankle boots by Mishansha come in a couple of different styles and a variety of colors. They’re water-resistant and have a faux fur lining.
These boots come in a wide variety of colors, including blue, brown, black, purple, yellow, and red.
Available colors: black, navy blue, gray, and red
Rain Boots for Men
Bogs makes a variety of high-quality waterproof boots. These pull-on rubber rain boots have handy side handles and the shaft measure 12.75″ from the arch. Plus, they have a molded EVA foot bed and a removable insole.
Available colors: black, dark brown, dark olive green, and gray
Hunter makes classic, high quality rubber boots for men in a few different styles.
Available colors: black, brown, and navy blue
Available colors: black, olive green, and gray; and both white and black outsole rims
Available colors: black, gray, light gray, white, navy blue, and brown
Men’s Vegan Duck Boots
If you like duck boots, but don’t want to wear real leather, check out these vegan duck boots by J Sport. They have a faux leather upper and partially recycled rubber outsole, plus a memory foam insole.
Available colors: black, brown, and cognac brown
Sperry makes high-quality men’s boots and shoes in classic styles.
Available colors: black and greenish-brown
These men’s hiking boots by Icebug have rubber studded soles for extra grip on slippery surfaces. The fabric upper is a waterproof textile, making them perfect for hiking or just getting around town on a wet, winter day.
Available colors: black
Men’s Vegan Western Boots and Cowboy Boots
Men’s Vegan Dress Boots
Men’s Casual Boots
These cool men’s boots by Palladium are made with heavy 20 oz. cotton canvas. They have EVA-cushioned insoles and flexible rubber soles with plenty of grip. Wear them folded over or up.
Available colors: white, tan, gray brown, blue, and black
These eco-friendly boots by Bourgeois Boheme are made with sustainable, 100% vegan Piñatex pineapple leather.
Here’s a lace up style that’s also made with Piñatex. Price: $259.00
These men’s casual vegan boots come in a few different styles, and a variety of colors, including: tan, brown, dark brown, gray, and black
Lightweight and comfortable, these non-leather lace up boots by Nautica will go with almost anything in your wardrobe.
Available colors: dark brown, reddish brown, and black
To see more vegan shoes for men, check out these guides on UniGuide: