8 Vegan and Sustainable Sneaker Brands to Have on Your Radar
Do less damage to Mother Earth whilst still rocking super stylish kicks by choosing these vegan and eco-friendly sneaker brands for your next escapade
Get ready to up your sneaker game now with these ultra-stylish and luxury sneaker brands that also happen to care deeply for the environment we live in.
In the age of climate change and greater awareness of animal cruelty, there is a real need for shoe brands and sneaker collections to take a stance against the pertinent issues surrounding these environmental concerns, such as reducing our impact on fragile Earth. Not only do these brands make it their mission to construct and produce sneakers that are eco-conscious and vegan with organically-sourced ingredients, but they also make sure to not compromise on style and finesse in their ethical creations.
So take a stand for Mother Earth and all the living creatures living on her land with this pioneering list of vegan and responsibly-sourced sneaker brands today.
This brand is the newest luxury vegan sneaker brand in the game and it is here to stay. With its totally vegan, effortlessly stylish and minimalist sneakers—like its classic vegan sneakers that are made with recycled ocean plastic sourced from the Mediterranean and Atlantic Coast of Africa and ethically-sourced rubber and bamboo—its passion for reducing their environmental impact is evident in its progressive and ‘vertical integration’ production method. Monthly production is scaled up or down in response to demand, as opposed to large-volume seasonal pre-orders which can result in surplus product.
Veja takes itself very seriously when it comes to using sustainable materials for its designs such as in their SDU RT rubber-trimmed vegan suede and mesh sneakers which is made of vegan suede, and it features a breathable and water-repellent mesh that is created from three recycled plastic bottles. It also contains a midsole that is made of 53% sugar cane and a rubber sole that is sourced from the rainforests of the Amazon. To give added comfort to the wearer, they’re even lined in recycled jersey for extra cushioning.
This brand was founded in 2013 with the intention of putting love and care in every one of its vegan sneaker creations.The name ‘Ahimsa’ meaning ‘conscious awakening’ in Sanskrit, and represents the brand’s wish to inspire conscious behaviour in the footwear industry, and its sustainable efforts to manufacture its sneakers show respect to all forms of life. Its signature sleek Sneaker 772 is made in Brazil with high-quality microfibre materials—such as a breathable, water resistant and sweat absorbing vegan leather lining and side eyelets for extra breathability. The combination of a biolatex insole and latex rubber sole also guarantees softness and flexibility for everyone.
Matt + Nat
You could say that Matt + Nat is a pioneering vegan and cruelty-free sneaker brand in the industry as the concept for the brand started in 1995 in the city of Montreal and it has continued to dominate the vegan footwear scene ever since. It is committed to exploring innovative ways to improve its sustainable ways such as experimenting with different recycled materials—nylons, cardboard, rubber, cork and windshield resins—and using linings made solely of 100% recycled plastic bottles, while still producing high-quality and timeless products. Its Marci sneakers embraces the memories of ’90s sneakers with its V logo contrast detail and comfort off-white sneaker outsole.
Made in Brazil and designed in New York City, this vegan sneaker brand wants to push eco-conscious circularity and responsible design into the mainstream with its creations that combine thoughtful design with modern and ethically-sourced materials, and it focuses on making shoes that are durable, comfortable, and recyclable—especially since the brand is aware that the first step in reducing waste in landfills is to make shoes last longer. Its classic lace up sneakers uses recycled materials in the recycled rubber insole with structural details that are made from coconut, sugarcane, and palm, and it also uses recycled PET tonal flat laces in the shoe’s structure.
Toms’ vegan sneakers scream bold and beautiful with its audacious take on the lug platform sneaker that has a plaid and faux shearling, and the lug sole that will take you to greater heights. While it takes pride in bringing finesse in its sneaker game, it makes sure to produce sneakers responsibly like its built-in OrthoLite® Eco X4 Hybrid™ insole for high-rebound and long-term cushioning that is also made with plant-derived and recycled materials. As a brand that is serious about sustainability, it wants to continue improving on making shoes that will benefit the planet instead of harming it.
This brand proudly incorporates the urban and street aesthetic in its High Top vegan sneaker designs for the more style-conscious among us, and you can be sure that its sneakers are consciously made of organic cotton and natural rubber. Ethically made in Sri Lanka, the Fair Sneaker Hiro is made from canvas twill organic cotton from small farmers, where all of the organic cotton was grown by Fairtrade producers, certified and traded according to Fairtrade standards. The sole is made from natural, FSC®-certified rubber from sustainably managed plantations and materials for the shoe are sustainably sourced in the name of love for the environment.
Started in 2001, Beyond Skin was founded with the mission of offering luxury vegan footwear that showcased individuality, authenticity and sustainability. Designed in England but ethically handcrafted in Spain using luxury Italian fabrics, this brand combines timeless trans-seasonal classic designs with authentic vegan and sustainable materials which not only demonstrates its ingenuity in creating footwear that is innovative and unique, but also highlights its social responsibility to the environment. The Quinn Black Vegan Leather Trainers embodies this philosophy with its minimalist design that is made with black faux leather and features a chunky white sole and black laces.