Men’s boots have made huge strides in the past few years, with more options available than ever before that are cool, durable, and cruelty-free. Plus, there’s a revolution happening on the materials front. Today, we’re seeing innovations like Piñatex™ (also referred to as “pineapple leather”), which is a non-woven, leather alternative that is made with sustainable pineapple leaf fibers. Other new eco-friendly 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 takes into account 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 like an even more natural aesthetic, you can find cool men’s boots made with natural, eco-friendly 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 another 100% vegan 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 brand that offers a wide variety of styles of men’s boots and shoes. 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 shoes and boots.
Comes in black, white, red, and gray.
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