Whether you’re meeting friends for a game of disc golf, take a hike, or walking the dog, a sweet pair of vegan sneakers is a wardrobe necessity. Where before animal-friendly options were limited to canvas sneakers or leather styles, now virtually every brand offers sneakers in a variety of vegan-friendly materials, while a classic pair of canvas sneakers will never go out of style.
Plus, there are some new brands on the scene that incorporate eco-friendly materials that are definitely worth checking out. Here are the top brands I found that make vegan-friendly sneakers.
1. Astral Vegan Sneakers
Astral is one of my favorite newer brands because not only are they a 100% vegan footwear brand, they create their athletic shoes, boots, and gear in the least toxic way possible. One thing they’ve done is eliminate PVC foam from their supply chain. In addition, they use recycled materials, including recycled polyester, in their designs.
2. Etnies Vegan Sneakers
Etnies offers a variety of styles of casual athletic soes in vegan-friendly materials. In fact, they make it easy to find the vegan sneakers on their site as they have them grouped in a collection.
Etnies is also available on Amazon.
Etnies shoes are eco-friendly too. They use recycled rubber in their outsoles, recycled plastic canvas in their uppers, and their padded insoles are also made with recycled materials.
Buy on Amazon.
This year, Reebok came out with a truly eco-friendly vegan sneaker. The uppers of these natural shoes are made with 100% cotton and the soles are made with DuPont’s Susterra® propanediol – an eco-friendly, sustainable, and corn-based chemical compound that can be used in polyurethanes and polyester resins, which are traditionally made totally with petrochemicals.
Sustainable Vegan Sneakers
Like Etnies, Emerica gets two thumbs up for offering an entire collection of sneakers that are vegan.
5. Vivobarefoot Vegan Athletic Shoes
The barefoot-feeling shoe company, Vivobarefoot offers a variety of vegan styles of sneakers. In addition, they make some great, lightweight hiking boots, which you can see in my post on vegan hiking boots and shoes.
Rothy’s became famous for their pointy-toed flats worn by the likes of Meghan Markle (now Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex.) And recently they’ve come out with a collection of cute vegan sneakers and loafers. In addition to being a completely vegan footwear line, Rothy’s makes their shoes from recycled plastic bottles. To date, they’ve already repurposed over 20 million plastic water bottles and turned them into super cute vegan sneakers and shoes.
7. MATT & NAT Vegan Sneakers
Started as a luxury vegan handbag and accessories brand, MATT & NAT now offers a selection of stylish vegan leather sneakers. If you like the look of a leather sneaker, but want to avoid animal skin, you’ll definitely want to take a look at their super stylish sneakers.
8. Native Shoes
Native Shoes have a look all their own, and their vegan sneakers are no exception. A 100% vegan footwear company, Native also tries to maintain a light environmental footprint when producing their colorful shoes. They use a low-emission manufacturing process, and their shoes are made with a foam-injection molding process, which helps to minimizes waste.
9. People Footwear
People Footwear is a newer brand on the scene that offers fun and colorful cruelty-free shoes for women, men, and kids. The company describes their shoes as “high-performance leisure,” making them perfect for people who like to have fun and are constantly on the go.
10. Unstitched Utilities
Another 100% vegan footwear brand, Unstitched Utilities uses vegan dyes and glues in their footwear, plus they incorporate eco-friendly materials into their designs. For example, they use materials like Tyvek®, a high-density polyethylene fiber that’s water resistant, durable, and breathable. It’s also vegan and can be recycled.
You can see more of their designs in my post about the best vegan shoe brands.
11. Stella McCartney Vegan Athletic Shoes
What I love about Stella McCartney is that she is one of the all-too-rare designers who is bringing vegan and eco-friendly design to the world of high fashion, which has a terrible history of animal exploitation and waste. (And in too many ways, the industry is still toiling away in the Dark Ages when it comes to those issues.) Stella is helping to bring it into the light.
She offers a variety of high-style vegan sneakers and athletics shoes. (And her vegan handbags are pretty sweet too!)
Stella McCartney Vegan Athletic Shoes
12. Hugo Boss Vegan Trainers
Piñatex Vegan Trainers
When Hugo Boss introduced their line of vegan trainers made with sustainable Piñatex® pineapple leather in a limited supply, all I could hope is that sales would be lucrative enough that they’d make many more.
The company recently reinforced their commitment to have a more Earth-friendly production process, and along those lines, they ship their eco-friendly vegan pineapple leather sneakers in a biodegradable box.
You can see other shoes and accessories made with Piñatex in my post on that topic.
Vans is another major brand that’s working to improve its environmental footprint. They share on their website their products account for 90% of their total environmental impact. Because the cotton in their canvas sneakers has a relatively high carbon footprint, Vans joined the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a trade organization that works to reduce the environmental impact of cotton production and improve livelihoods and economic development in cotton producing locations. Vans has committed to source 100% sustainable cotton by 2025.
Through their parent company, VF Corporation, Vans is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, which include 100 leading apparel and footwear brands, retailers, suppliers, nonprofits, and NGOs that are collaborating to reduce the environmental and social impacts of the apparel and footwear industries.
You can see Vans made from hemp in my post on hemp shoes and sandals.
Vans for Women
Vans for Men
14. Saolo Vegan Sneakers
Saolo is another vegan footwear brand I discovered that makes great vegan sneakers. They also use eco-friendly materials in their designs, including recycled materials and organic cotton. And on the inside, the shoes are cushioned with sustainable cork insoles. Every pair of Saolo sneakers keeps 3-4 plastic bottles out of the landfill and ocean.
You can see more of their styles in my post about recycled shoes.
15. Siam Tip
Siam Tip is an artisanal footwear maker that’s based in Thailand. All of their shoes are 100% vegan, and their colorful sneakers will have people asking you where you got your cute shoes. You can see more styles by Siam Tip in my posts about vegan clogs and women’s vegan boots.
16. Blowfish Vegan Sneakers
If you’re looking for cute, affordable vegan sneakers, check out Blowfish. They make a variety of styles for women and girls in vegan-friendly materials, such as canvas and faux leather.
Superga started as a rubber company in Italy in the early 1900s, and a couple decades later, they were making rubber soles for shoes. Fast forward to the 1970s and the company was producing high-quality athletic shoes. Their vegan sneakers are a great mix of vintage-look plus modern-day hip style.
A popular brand with the surfing crowd, Sanuk makes sense that they infuse environmental stewardship into their popular sneakers. Their corporate headquarters and distribution centers are in LEED certified buildings, where they utilize solar power for electricity generation and deploy water and energy efficiency processes.
Also available on Amazon
Buy on Amazon
19. TOMS Vegan Sneakers
Since 2006, TOMS has given nearly 100 million pairs of shoes to people in need. Plus. for every $3 the company makes, they donate $1 to worthy causes.
In recent years, the company has expanded their vegan line of sneakers and shoes even further, making TOMS the ultimate feel good shoes.
TOMS Women’s Vegan Collection
TOMS Men’s Vegan Collection
Husband-and-wife team Steven Sashen and Lena Phoenix started Xero Shoes with the goal of fostering more natural movement for people while they’re being active in the great outdoors. Figures it would take an active couple to invent such shoes. Lena is an avid hiker and Steven is a Masters All-American sprinter and one of the fastest men over the age of 50 in the U.S.
Xero’s vegan sneakers have a comfortable natural fit for your feet, with a wide toe box and uber-flexible soles.
Xero Women’s Vegan Sneakers
Xero Men’s Vegan Shoes
21. Merrell Vegan Athletic Shoes
Kudos to Merrell for offering an entire collection of vegan sneakers (which is not something that all big brands do.) Their vegan sneakers are comfortable and great for hikes, long walks, or just strolling around town.
Merrell Women’s Vegan Sneakers
Merrell Men’s Vegan Sneakers
22. Onitsuka Tiger
Onitsuka Tiger makes vegan sneakers that have a cool 70s vintage look. They remind me a bit of the original Nike track shoes. But this doesn’t mean they’re a new brand. The company was started in 1949 when Kihachiro Onitsuka created his first pair of athletic shoes in his living room in Kobe, Japan. The word “Tiger” got incorporated into the name because of the iconic tiger stripe design on the shoes.Price: ~$34.94 – $92.38
As the world’s largest sportswear maker, adidas has a big impact on the world of retail, and not to mention, animals and the environment. I was happy to see that they’ve committed to use only recycled plastics in their shoes and sportwear by 2024. In addition, they plan to sell 11 million pairs of their Parley recycled ocean plastic shoes this year.
adidas does still use a lot of leather and suede in their designs, so, you have to sift through the products a bit and read the details to find the styles that are made with canvas and synthetics. It’s great to see their expanding selection of canvas sneakers. They also make some great vegan hiking boots and trail running shoes.
adidas Women’s Canvas Sneakers
adidas Men’s Canvas Sneakers
Like adidas, Nike now offers a wider selection of non-leather sneakers than they ever have before. (But be sure to double check the product details before you buy to make sure you’re getting the canvas and synthetic styles.)
Nike Women’s Canvas Sneakers
Nike Men’s Canvas Sneakers
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