Bright blue New Balance vegan Fresh Foam sneakers with white soles

Vegan New Balance: 9 Best Vegan-Friendly Shoes (+ Options from Vegan Brands)

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Need new New Balance shoes and wondering what vegan New Balance styles exist? Unfortunately, New Balance’s website doesn’t make it very easy to search/filter New Balance vegan shoes, but there are a few options, hence why I put this list together!

Here’s my top pick of vegan New Balance trainers and a selection of sneakers from 100% vegan brands.


New Balance womens fresh foam 1080 trainers in white, blue and green

Women’s vegan New Balance trainers: Fresh Foam 1080

These new Balance vegan sneakers are perfect if you’re looking for new running shoes from New Balance.

Recently, I was reading how the evolution of running shoes has trended towards lighter and lighter shoes, to aid your run, which in turn has often meant the prioritisation of synthetic materials over leather (as they’re often lighter).

In the case of the Fresh Foam 1080, this is the case – they’re made of an engineered knit upper and (as you can imagine from the name) foam cushioning.

They have an outblown rubber sole, and come in nine different colourways.

These are free from animal products and perfect for everyday wear or as workout gear.

New balance mens fresh foam 1080 black and white trainers with orange

New Balance vegan trainers: men’s Fresh Foam 1080

When it comes to vegan trainers, New Balance has a selection, but their website doesn’t make it very easy to filter for them. However, much of their Fresh Foam running range is vegan.

These vegan New Balance sneakers are the men’s version of the sneakers above. In this latest version of the 1080 Fresh Foam sneakers, they’ve updated them with more foam to the midsole and wider parts, with more flexibility at the narrower parts.

The upper, on the other hand, fits like a second skin, with their Hypoknit upper construction and vegan-friendly materials.

New Balnace pink womens fresh foam 880 trainers

New Balance vegan shoes: women’s Fresh Foam 880

In the field of vegan sneakers, New Balance is known for making good running shoes.

These non leather New Balance shoes are similar to the 1080s above, but runners say they have a firmer feeling sole, so it depends on your preferences.

Featuring a Fresh Foam midsole for comfort, a mesh upper made of vegan materials and an NDurance rubber outsole which is extra durable.

They have a 10mm drop and come in seven different colourways, so if you’re looking for shoes free from animal by-products in different colour variations.

New Balnace mens fresh foam 880 grey, white and red trainers

Vegan New Balance shoes: Fresh Foam 880 (men’s)

The men’s version of the 880 running shoes is made with the Fresh Foam X midsole. It’s a classic design and these are vegan friendly sneakers.

It’s made with 3% bio-based materials (to help reduce their carbon footprint) but personally I’d prefer to see a much higher percentage. Some 100% vegan shoe brands manage to make their shoes with 50% bio-based materials, so if you want sustainable running shoes, I’d recommend checking out some of the eco-friendly, all-vegan brands I’ve listed below, like Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather and Prologue.

The shoes weigh 300 g (10.6 oz), have an engineered mesh upper and durable rubber soles. You can choose from seven different colours, ranging from a classic black to a bright yellow.

Pink New Balance womens Fresh Foam trainers

New Balance shoes vegan Fresh Foam Arishi (women’s)

In terms of vegan shoes, New Balance has a few options on running shoes in their Fresh Foam range, including the Fresh Foam Arishi which uses vegan friendly materials.

These New Balance vegan running shoes have Fresh Foam midsole cushioning, of course, and a no-sew mesh upper for form-fitting comfort. They also have a durable rubber sole.

Good Guys Don't Wear Leather vegan trainers in black, white and bright yellow

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather Felix trainers

If you’re looking for vegan running shoes, this 100% vegan brand delivers and I recommend it as my top pick of all vegan brands.

These vegan leather sneakers have a vegan suede upper and antibacterial lining, plus a non-slip rubber sole and removable insole.

The materials are all OEKO-TEX certified and sourced in Europe. They promote a sustainable practice and lowering their environmental impact. The shoes themselves are made in Portugal by a fair trade company and all Good Guys shoes use only 100% vegan / plant-based materials.

Prologue The Hybrid sneakers

If you’re looking for unique fashion sneakers to up your look, these are the answer.

These faux leather sneakers from Prologue have a platform sole and come in two eye-catching colourways.

The shoes are completely free from materials of animal origin and are handmade, with a vegan PU leather upper, while the laces are made from 100% recycled PET.

The platform is 2.3 inches (5.8cm).

The main downside of these sneakers is they advise against getting them wet, so they may not work for you depending on the climate of where you live.


Is New Balance vegan? Are New Balance shoes vegan?

The answer to “are New Balance vegan?” is no. New Balance is not a vegan company and the majority of their shoes use animal-based leather and are not vegan.

However, they have some vegan alternatives which are completely free from animal materials. See my New Balance vegan list above which links to their site (which also offers free standard delivery).

Is New Balance cruelty free?

No, as mentioned above New Balance is not a vegan or cruelty free brand.

There are some vegan New Balances. If you’re asking “which New Balance are vegan?”, I’ve listed in the post above, but as a whole the brand is not vegan.

The use of animal materials is completely unnecessary, and many high-tech running shoes these days use synthetic materials as they’re lighter weight, and lightweight designs are more comfortable and more suited to runners. Not to mention the reduced environmental impacts of vegan materials – but the sneaker industry hasn’t quite caught up.

However, there are now vegan options in most major brands (including New Balance) plus plenty of all vegan brands which make a vegan version of the classic style of pretty much every sneaker, from Converse high tops to vegan Nike styles.

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Click here to see the best vegan New Balance running shoes, plus options from all vegan brands.

Searching for vegan sneakers? Check out my full guide to vegan trainer brands, plus my guides to vegan Converse, vegan Nike, vegan Skechers, vegan Adidas and vegan Reeboks.

I also have guides to other styles of vegan shoes, such as vegan boots, vegan Chelsea boots and vegan combat boots, vegan sandals, vegan Birkenstocks and vegan Doc Marten sandals, vegan flats, vegan clogs, vegan dress shoes and more.

You can find all my guides to vegan shoes and fashion here.

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Hi, I’m Caitlin and I’ve been vegan since 2008 and vegetarian my whole life. Since going vegan, I’ve lived in 4 countries and travelled to over 30! I’ve also published two bestselling vegan books (The Essential Vegan Travel Guide and The Barcelona Vegan Guide) and had my work featured in The New York Times, Vegetarian Food & Living and Vegan Life magazine. I’ve veganised my life and I’m here to help you design your life around your vegan values. 


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