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The 22 Best Vegan Mens Shoes for Everyone

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Vegan mens shoes used to be hard to come by a few years ago, especially in the dress shoes department. I remember when Will’s Vegan Store launched at one of the vegan fairs in London and everyone was talking about how there was finally an option for vegan dress shoes for men.

Thankfully, these days a number of brands now cater to vegan shoes for men. In fact, some mainstream sneaker brands have even started launching vegan shoes in the last few years. 

Some of the brands I’ll be looking at in this article include, among others:

Many of these brands make a range of vegan shoes, mens and womens, from sandals to boots to trainers. So whether you’re looking for vegan running shoes or vegan men’s dress shoes, here are the best brands for vegan men shoes.

Below, find the best vegan men’s shoes.

 

Black dress shoes from Matt and Nat

Matt & Nat

Based in Canada, ships worldwide

Features: 100% vegan

Free shipping over $200 in US

Matt & Nat is an all-vegan company that started out selling bags and wallets and has now branched out into vegan shoes, men’s and women’s. They have a small selection of mens vegan shoes, but it includes all the classics, from vegan mens Chelsea boots to vegan Oxford shoes.

They also have vegan mens loafers, running shoes, sandals, slip-on mules and men’s vegan sneakers.

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Dark blue trainers with pattern and white laces from Po Zu

PoZu vegan shoes

Based in the UK

Features: 100% vegan, sustainable

Po-Zu makes eco-friendly vegan trainers and mens vegan leather boots. The vegan shoes from this range use sustainable materials like organic cotton and pineapple leather (created using waste from the food industry).

They have vegan sneakers, mens and womens, in black and white, and water resistant high top lace up men's vegan boots.

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Rust slip on shoes from Ahimsa

Ahimsa shoes

Based in the Brazil

Features: 100% vegan, made in all-vegan shoe factory

Made in one of the only all-vegan shoe factories in the world, Ahimsa manufactures vegan boots for men, sneakers and men's vegan dress shoes.

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Black barefoot trainers from Vivo Barefoot

Vivo Barefoot

Based in the US

Features: vegan options

If you're looking for vegan barefoot shoes, Vivo Barefoot is one of the best-known brands. Some people believe minimalist shoes are better for your feet. 

The idea behind barefoot shoes like Vivo is that they replicate walking barefoot.

They make a number of men's barefoot sneakers, trail runners and a summer shoe.

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Black lace up boots from Good Guys Dont Wear Leather

Good Guys Don't Wear Leather

Based in France

Features: 100% vegan

Good Guys Don't Wear Leather was the first vegan shoe company in France. 

They have quite a wide range of mens vegan leather shoes: trainers, loafers, ankle boots and clogs.

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Brown dress shoes from Noah Italian Vegan Shoes

Noah Vegan Italian Shoes

Based in Germany, shoes made in Italy

Features: 100% vegan

Noah vegan shoes makes classic, well designed vegan shoes. They make great vegan work shoes.

If you're looking for vegan mens dress shoes, Noah has classic Oxfords in different colors. They also have vegan boots (mens).

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Slide sandals with black straps from Nae

Nae vegan shoes

Based in Portugal

Features: 100% vegan company, uses some recycled materials

Nae has a very wide range of vegan men's shoes, and they use some eco-friendly materials like recycled materials and Piñatex (an eco-friendly leather alternative made of pineapple waste).

They have vegan walking shoes, vegan mens boots and mens vegan dress shoes, among other styles. 

Their Jor vegan running sneakers are made out of recycled plastic bottles. A sustainable fashion win! These unisex sneakers feature EVA light soles and come in black or white.

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White trainers with black V logo from Veja

Veja

Based in France

Features: vegan options

Worldwide shipping

Are there Veja vegan shoes? Yes! Popular ethical sneaker brand Veja makes vegan options. They're known for their eco-friendly shoes and fair treatment of workers, and they have vegan sneakers for men and women.

See the full range of vegan shoes here.

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Black canvas slip ons from Etiko

Etiko

Based in Australia

Features: 100% vegan, fair trade, eco friendly

This very ethical sneaker company makes all vegan shoes, plus they use sustainable materials including organic cotton, and they ensure fair labor treatment. They trace their supply chain and ensure everyone is paid living wage, earning them a 'Great' rating from Good on You.

Their vegan mens sneakers come as slip ons, hi tops or low tops, and in black, white, navy blue, green or red.

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Bright aqua blue trainers from Brave Gentleman

Brave Gentleman

Based in the US

Features: 100% vegan

This mens vegan footwear brand was born in 2010 and was one of the first (if not the first) vegan footwear companies to focus entirely on mens shoes.

They make men's vegan shoes in lots of different styles and colors! 

If you're looking for shoes that a bit out of the ordinary, these are for you (they also have plenty of classic styles and colors too), such as these turquoise derby shoes.

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Black sport trainers from Wills

Will's Vegan Shoes

Based in the UK

Features: 100% vegan

One of the first, or perhaps THE first, vegan brand to focus on men's fashion, I remember when Will's launched at a vegan fair in London, and everyone was thrilled to finally see vegan men's shoes widely available. 

Their online vegan store sells one of the biggest ranges of vegan shoes I've come across, in just about every style.

Better yet, they have stores for the US, Germany, EU and UK - with free carbon neutral shipping to the US, Canada, Australia and NZ (from the US store), £3 carbon neutral shipping with no minimum to the UK from the UK store and €5 carbon neutral shipping in Germany. Change country/stores with the menu in the upper lefthand corner.

If you're looking for mens vegan running shoes that won't let you down after hours of running, check out the WVSport Oakes cross trainers, developed for ultramarathon runner and vegan Fiona Oakes.

Looking for vegan moccasins? They have those too

Mens vegan boots? They have more than 25 styles.

Vegan waterproof shoes? Yes, they've got those too!

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All white low top vegan trainer from Be Flamboyant, who make men vegan shoes

BeFlamboyant vegan shoes (men)

BeFlamboyant is a brand from Galicia, Spain making non leather mens shoes and womens shoes. Their specialty is womens and mens vegan trainers.

The brand's slogan is "buy less, choose well" and their aim is a fashion industry where people buy clothes to treasure and care for for life.

They believe in re-using materials that already exist for their vegan mens trainers, and so they use bio-based materials like corn waste, as well as recycled rubber, cotton and PET.

All their vegan leather mens shoes are handmade in Portugal in a solar-powered factory. The brand is PETA certified and their workers are involved in Fashion Revolution's "Who made my clothes?" movement.

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Brown lace up dress shoes from Gentleberg, maker of mens shoes vegan

Gentleberg

If you're looking for vegan leather dress shoes, Gentleberg has non leather dress shoes and quite smart-looking vegan dress sneakers.

Based in Amsterdam, Gentleberg was founded by Matthijs Berg, after his hunt for vegan dress shoes to go with a suit had few results. Their aim is to create timeless and durable men's shoes.

They use high-quality microfibre polyurethane which is breathable, soft and water-resistant, and for upcoming collections they want to use plant-based leather with recycled materials for their mens cruelty free shoes.

Their mens non leather shoes are made in small, family-owned factories in Portugal, ensuring ethical labour standards are met.

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White lace up low top trainers from Humans are Vain

Humans are Vain

Looking for the best vegan shoes for men that are also sustainable? Humans are Vain is a Swedish brand focusing on sustainability first and foremost.

They use an eco vegan microfibre that's breathable, water-resistant, lightweight and antibacterial, as well as recycled polyester, Pinatex (pineapple leather made from leftover waste), and recycled rubber, linen and cotton.

Their vegan trainers for men are made in ethical factories in Portugal and Sweden that they monitor to ensure they meet ethical standards. Their aim is to become carbon neutral and circular.

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High top white sneakers from Komrads

Komrads

Komrads is a Belgian trainer brand making vegan, sustainable sneakers that are Soviet inspired. (Yes, they're modelled after an old Soviet trainer model!)

They use only reusable or recycled eco friendly materials such as vegan apple leather (made from apple waste from the food industry), recycled rubber soles, recycled cotton and recycled PET bottles.

All production takes place in Europe to limit transport and CO2 impact. 

Their packaging is all recyclable and delivery is carbon neutral.

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Black high top sneakers with white soles from Yatay

YATAY

These designer vegan sneakers are eco friendly and have been worn by celebrities like David Beckham and Benedict Cumberbatch.

They use their own vegan bio leather that the brand themselves developed after two years of R&D.

Rather than being extracted from crude oil, it's made from polymers extracted from cereal crops, which uses less water and creates fewer CO2 emissions than standard practices.

The sneakers are handmade using traditional methods by master shoe makers in Italy. All of the materials are sourced in Italy as well, reducing their carbon footprint.

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Brown vegan loafers from Marzeri

Marzeri designer mens dress shoes

For the best vegan dress shoes by a designer brand, check out Marzeri. While working as a marketing manager for a supermarket brand, founder Paola Caracciolo had trouble finding vegan shoes that fit the dress code, so she decided to start the brand.

They use sustainable materials such as apple leather, cork and grain leather, and their shoes are made in Italy by artisan shoe makers.

They even have the options of made-to-order dress shoes.

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Black vegan boots men's from Aera

Aera

Another vegan luxury shoe brand, Aera was founded by fashion industry insiders, including a former president of Dolce & Gabbana. They're one of the few on the list to make vegan men's boots, though they have other styles as well.

The make vegan dress boots, dress shoes and loafers.

Their aim is to make luxury vegan shoes that are also sustainable.

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Black slip on shoes with white sole from Ecoalf

Ecoalf

Ecoalf is a sustainable brand based in Spain that makes clothing, jackets and shoes. They use materials such as recycled polyester, recycled cotton, recycled nylon and tyres to make their products.

Their aim is produce items that will last a long time in your closet.

They make mens sneakers and slip ons out of grape leather, an innovative new vegan leather made from waste from the wine industry.

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Gucci vegan black trainers with red and green stipres

Gucci designer vegan low-top sneakers

Gucci make just one vegan shoe at present, these low-top sneakers.

If you're looking for vegan designer trainers from a well known brand, this is your best bet! Most other big designers don't make vegan sneakers (yet!).

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Black work boots from Vegetarian Shoes

Vegetarian Shoes

Based in the UK

Features: 100% vegan

Established vegan footwear brand Vegetarian Shoes has been making shoes since 1990. They even make vegan safety / work boots.

As well as designs you might expect, like mens vegan sneakers and boots, Vegetarian Shoes makes some harder-to-find items like vegan steel toe safety boots. So if you're looking for hard wearing, steel toe non leather work boots, look no further.

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Classic black boots from Novacas

Novacas

Based in the US

Features: 100% vegan

Cruelty free footwear brand Novacas, whose name means "no cows," makes vegan brogues, Chelsea boots, loafers and more.

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Black winter boots from Native Shoes

Native Shoes

Based in the US

Features: 100% vegan

Native Shoes makes sandals, colorful vegan sneakers and practical boots.

The Hydrofit boots' innovative vegan materials make it stain-resistant AND waterproof!

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More vegan shoe options:

Vegan Adidas shoes

Adidas has really stepped up their game recently, releasing a vegan version of the classic Superstar sneakers.

They've also developed a mushroom leather version of Stan Smiths, though it's not available to the public yet.

 

Doc Martens

Doc Martens have long had vegan versions of some of their classic unisex boot styles, including their 1460 boots, Chelsea boots and more.

See their full vegan range here.

 

Birkenstocks

Can you find vegan Birkenstocks? Absolutely! These classic, comfortable "hippy" sandals have many vegan options.

For example, the classic vegan men's Arizona Birkenstocks come in a vegan version. Find it here.

 

Minimalist black sandals from Xero

Xero minimalist shoes

Looking for minimalist sandals? Xero makes lots of vegan styles (all their shoes are vegan except for the Alston and Coalton, which are made with leather, and the Mika and Pacifica, which both contain wool). 

They also make trainers and boots, but if you're looking for barefoot sandals this is one of the few minimalist brands that makes vegan barefoot sandals.

 

Nomadic State of Mind

This brand makes rope sandals (partly out of recycled polypropylene) and all the sandals are vegan. They're made by hand in a community in Nicaragua, and the company works closely with them to ensure workers are treated well and the company is doing good in the local community.

 

Merrells hiking boots

Popular hiking shoe brand Merrells has a range of vegan shoes, which you can find here.

 

Ethletic

Fair trade, vegan sneaker brand Ethletic makes unisex sneakers. All shoes are vegan, and made with eco-friendly materials like FSC certified rubber and they're fair trade.

They have hi tops and low tops and they come in a huge range of colors.

 

Bright blue high tops from Cariuma

Cariuma

This Brazilian ethical sneaker brand ships worldwide and has vegan options. Their skater style shoes look like Vans, but are made with organic cotton and rubber, and they plant a tree for every pair of shoes shipped.

Shipping is carbon neutral and packaging is recyclable.

 

Keep

Keep is an all-vegan company making sneakers with a twist - they have colorful patterns!

Another unusual/hard-to-find shoe they make is the Gourmand, specifically designed for chefs and kitchen staff who have to be on their feet all day.

 

FAQ

How are shoes vegan? Isn't veganism about food?

Veganism is more than just what's on the plate! Vegans avoid the use of all animal products. Cambridge Dictionary defines a vegan as someone who doesn't eat or use animal products, and specifically mentions the exclusion of leather.

Veganism reaches beyond the plate and into the closet too. Vegan shoes, therefore, are shoes that don't contain any animal products like leather, fur or wool.

 

Where to buy men's vegan shoes?

While you can often find non leather shoes at any discount shoe store, it's hard to tell if they use vegan glue (that's right, some shoes are held together using animal glue, though this is increasingly less prevalent due to cost). 

To be sure your shoes are vegan, it's easiest to buy from a vegan brand or check which vegan shoes a given brand has available. Which means it's often easier to buy your vegan shoes online!

If you live in a big city, you might be lucky enough to have a vegan shoe shop in your city, so check if there is one. It's a good way to support a local, independent business. However, most cities don't have one of these, making the internet your best bet to find the top vegan dress shoes and sneakers.

 

Feet shown walking across tiles in dark blue trainers

 

Are shoes that are made from all manmade materials as breathable as shoes made of leather?

There's an unfortunate misconception out there that vegan shoes aren't as breathable as leather shoes. This is largely in part to the older generation of faux leathers used in the 80s and 90s, which were primarily PVC (which, by the way, is very environmentally damaging and should be avoided!).

Newer vegan leathers are very different, and are breathable, and in fact this footwear site (which as far as I know has no vegan affiliation) recommends non leather/synthetic materials as being MORE breathable.

If you're worried about your shoes smelling, the best thing you can do is what experts have always said...rotate your shoes.

 

What is PU leather? What the difference between PVC PU leather and genuine leather?

As mentioned above, PVC was named by Greenpeace as "the most environmentally damaging plastic" and should be avoided.

PU, or polyurethane, is a newer type of vegan leather. It's also made of re and therefore gets a bad rap, but the Higgs index shows it's much more eco-friendly than animal leather.

 

What are the top vegan Nike shoes?

Nike isn't a very vegan-friendly brand, although you can apparently customise an Air Max to be vegan, but that's your only option.

But don't despair! Ethical and vegan-friendly brand Veja do a great Nike dupe! (Plus they pay their workers a living wage and use organic cotton, so they're better for the environment and workers as well as the animals.) The Veja V10 CWL is a great vegan version of white Nike Air.

 

Are vegan shoes durable?

Durability varies by brand and style, as well as by what you're doing in them (running sneakers won't last as long as sandals you only wear occasionally in the summer, for example). I've had vegan shoes last me many years, and others that I've worn out quickly.

Of course, you get what you pay for to some degree, and paying a bit more for a brand that uses higher-quality materials and manufacturing will make them last longer. Also, be sure to care for your shoes so they last longer. Rotate your shoes and air them about between wears. Find a good cobbler/shoe repair specialist near you who can re-sole dress shoes and boots for you. This can greatly prolong the life of your shoes! I have a pair of boots that I walk in a LOT every winter and the soles always wear out fairly quickly - however I've had them re-soled pretty much annually and so far they've lasted me 5 years thanks to the cobbler!

 

More vegan brands & brands with vegan options:

Grand Step Shoes (vegan options)

Bourgeois Boheme (100% vegan)

Want more? Find more vegan shoes brands here

 

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Pinterest image showing feet in trainers over water. Looking for the best vegan shoes mens? Here's a list of the top vegan mens shoe brands!

 

Want to veganise your whole closet? Check out my guide to the vegan clothing brands here. I also have a guide to the top vegan belts here and my guide to the top vegan wallets here.

Looking for more fashion guides? Find all my vegan fashion guides here.

Looking for more shoes or vegan shoes for women? Click here to see my full guide to the best vegan shoe brands and my vegan sneakers guide here.

If you're looking specifically for vegan dress shoes, I've got a guide here.

I've also got guide to women's vegan shoes! Find my vegan boots guide here and guide to vegan heels here.

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2 thoughts on “The 22 Best Vegan Mens Shoes for Everyone”

    • Hi Jeremy, I haven’t come across a vegan brand that does good wide vegan mens shoes, which seems like a big gap in the market to me as I’m sure there are plenty of people who want them! I’m hoping someone else will come along and have a suggestion for you.

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