Whether you’re meeting friends for a game of disc golf, walking the dog, or speeding down a hill on your new board, a sweet pair of vegan sneakers or vegan skate shoes is a wardrobe necessity. Where before options were limited to canvas sneakers or leather styles, now virtually every brand offers sneakers and skate shoes in a variety of vegan-friendly materials. And of course, 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 sneakers and skate shoes.
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.
Astral Women’s Vegan Sneakers
Astral Men’s Vegan Sneakers
Famous as a skate shoe brand, Etnies offers a variety of styles in vegan-friendly materials. In fact, they make it easy to find the vegan sneakers and skates shoes on their site as they have them grouped in a collection.
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.
Etnies Women’s Vegan Sneakers and Skate Shoes
Etnies is also available on Amazon.
Etnies Men’s Vegan Sneakers and Skate Shoes
Buy on Amazon.
This year, Reebok came out with 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 and Vegan Sneakers
Like Etnies, Emerica gets two thumbs up for offering an entire collection of sneakers and skate shoes that are vegan.
Canvas Skate 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.
Women’s Vivobarefoot Sneakers
Men’s Vivobarefoot Sneakers
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.
Women’s Eco-Friendly, Vegan Sneakers
7. MATT & NAT
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.
MATT & NAT Women’s Vegan Leather Sneakers
MATT & NAT Women’s Faux Leather Sneakers
8. Native Shoes
Native Shoes have a look all their own, and their vegan skate shoes and 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.
Native Women’s Vegan Sneakers
Native Men’s Vegan Sneakers
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.
People Women’s Vegan Sneakers
People Men’s Vegan Sneakers
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.
Women’s Vegan Sneakers
Men’s Vegan Sneakers
11. Stella McCartney
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 Sneakers and Athletic Shoes
12. Hugo Boss
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 and skate shoes has a relatively high carbon footprint, they 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.