Men’s vegan boots have made huge strides in the past few years, with more options available than ever before, both from a style standpoint and a materials standpoint. New, innovative brands are making really cool men’s boots, which also happen to be vegan, and we can’t get enough of them. If you like the look of leather but prefer to go cruelty-free, there are a number of styles of faux leather boots that break in and get better with age, just as the classic leather styles do.
And it gets better: there’s a revolution happening on the materials front, taking us out of the dark ages where the only vegan-friendly options were boots made with materials like traditional polyurethane, which uses a lot of toxic chemicals in its production. Today, we’re seeing innovative materials like Piñatex™, a non-woven, leather alternative that is made with sustainable pineapple leaf fibers. Other new 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. Today’s style is all about looking good while doing good, and these cool men’s boots fit the bill.
Here are 10 Brands Making Cool Vegan Boots for Men
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.
Price range: $108 – $129
Bourgeois Boheme (sometimes referred to as “BoBo”) is another sustainably-focused shoe company that is breaking new ground by using with Earth-friendly materials like Piñatex™ and plant-based polymers that are derived from natural, renewable sources, such as grains and seeds instead of from petrochemicals. These urban desert boots are made with PVC-free microfiber. (PVC, which stands for polyvinyl chloride, is a material like polyurethane, that uses unhealthy chemicals in its production.)
Price range: $199.00 – $259.00
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.
Dr. Martens’ combat boots are ultra-durable classics. So, when the company came out with a range of cruelty-free options, animal lovers of the world jumped for joy into the nearest mosh pit. Today, you’ll find vegan Dr. Martens in a wide range of cool colors and animal-friendly materials. You’ll be sure to find the perfect pair to fit your unique style.
Prices: $88.60 – $244.37
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.
Prices: $32.45 – $124.94
Novacas is another 100% cruelty-free brand. Their name means “no cows” in Spanish, even though their vegan boots have a classic leather look. When you see Novacas, you can’t help thinking – Who needs leather anyway? Novacas makes their boots in Portugal and they adhere to ethical working standards for their workers. In addition, their cruelty-free boots are non-toxic and PVC-free.
Prices: $149.99 – $185.00
We love these badass, Ninja-style Japanese boots by Fugu. 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 more recent Star Trek movies or the Hunger Games, and you’ll probably see some Fugus in action.
Metrocharm is a brand that offers a wide variety of men’s faux leather boots in both casual and dress styles. If you like the look of leather, but want to go cruelty-free, this is a brand worth checking out. And coming in at the $30 – $50 price range, they let you go in style even if you’re on a tight budget.
Price range: $39.99 – $49.00
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 has been around for decades, offering a wide variety of men’s boots and shoes in manmade materials. Whether you’re looking for a faux suede desert boot or a faux leather western-style dress boot, Alberto Fellini will have you covered, and at prices that are easy on your wallet.
Price range: $24.50 – $39.99
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.
Price range: $119.00 – $130.00