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.
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.