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The 19 Best Vegan Sneakers, from Colorful to Comfortable

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Vegan sneakers are becoming more and more widely available, with even some mainstream sneaker brands releasing vegan shoes in recent years. But which vegan sneakers are the best and which brands can you count on? I’ve put together this list of the best vegan sneaker brands to help you with your choice.

Making sneakers vegan is easier than ever. From pineapple leather to mushroom leather, there are any number of innovative vegan materials out there being utilised by shoe companies these days. Many of them, like pineapple leather, are extra eco friendly because they use waste byproducts (in this case, pineapple leaves, a byproduct of the pineapple industry).

Here are some of the best, most innovative and coolest vegan friendly sneakers out there and where to find vegan shoes online:


Veja vegan trainers

Features: organic cotton, living wage

Veja sneakers became something of an ‘it’ item in recent years, with many celebrities sporting them. While they’re not a totally vegan company, they do have vegan leather shoes in their range, and their shoes are fair trade and many use organic materials too.

This French brand prides themselves on supply chain transparency, paying workers a living wage and using organic cotton. Their sustainable vegan shoes are made using canvas, mesh, corn-coated cotton and a mix of biobased materials like corn husks and sugarcane mixed with recycled materials.

They even having vegan running shoes, Condor Mesh.

They come with different color options for the ‘V’ mark/logo, including all white vegan sneakers.

They’re rated by Good on You (an ethical/environmental clothing ratings directory) as ‘Good’.

You can shop their vegan range on Petit Vour, a vegan online store, here.

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Ethletic sneakers

Features: fair trade, 100% vegan company, FSC certified rubber

Sustainable vegan sneakers have never looked so good. This vegan sneaker brand is also sustainable and fair trade, and on their website they offer the option to tip the workers who made your shoes. These eco vegan shoes are well known for classic design sneakers made sustainably and vegan.

Their vegan womens sneakers and their vegan sneakers for men are certified fair trade and PETA-approved vegan. They only use organic and fairtrade cotton and their rubber is certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

They have a range of shoes, including vegan high tops! Their vegan high top sneakers come in a huge range of colours. 

If you're looking for more vegan shoes for men, check out my guide to vegan mens shoes here.

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Matt + Nat

Features: 100% vegan company

Matt + Nat is a well-known 100% vegan brand. They made their start making bags and accessories; in fact I didn't even know they sold vegan shoes until recently! They were one of the early brands selling fashion-forward vegan bags.

I have a Matt + Nat wallet that's almost 10 years old and I'm very impressed with its durability, so while I can't speak to the shoes' durability, their accessories are very durable.

However, several vegan ethical/environmental sites point out that they use PVC, which is an environmentally damaging alternative to leather, plus don't specify whether or how they are ensuring sufficient labour conditions. This led Good on You to rate the brand 'Not Good Enough'.

As far as styles go, they have several low-cut sneaker styles.


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Adidas vegan shoes

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available, aims to use eco-friendly materials

Adidas has now released several vegan sneakers, making it one of the most vegan-friendly mainstream brands. It is also rated 'Good' on the Good on You ethical/environmental rating, making it one of the most progressive of the mainstream sneaker brands.

As far as Adidas vegan sneakers go, they've released vegan versions of classic Superstars. They've also created a vegan version of Stan Smiths made with mushroom leather, though these are not available to the public (yet) - though they say they plan to release them.

Adidas also has a vegan version of classic soccer shoe Samba, which is currently in style according to GQ.




Saucony vegan shoes

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available

Saucony has a vegan sneaker, the Saucony Jazz Low Pro Vegan. Made with canvas and hemp uppers, it recreates the classic Saucony jazz design.

Unfortunately, Saucony, like most major sneaker manufacturers, has a poor environmental and worker rating.



Nike vegan shoes

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available when you customise them

Lots of people wonder if Nike vegan sneakers exist. Nike has never been a very vegan-friendly brand, but technically you can customise Nike Air Max to make them vegan. For more information, see here.

However, here's a better suggestion. Love Nike Air? Check out the more ethically-minded, and already vegan, Veja V10 CWL. A great dupe for the Nike Air in white, these vegan white sneakers look exactly the same, minus the Nike logo.



Reebok vegan shoes

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available

Reebok has a few vegan sneakers now. See their vegan range here.

Unfortunately, like most major sneaker manufacturers, Reebok has only an average environmental and ethical rating.



Vans vegan shoes

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available

Most Vans styles are vegan when you select the canvas option. See more information from Vans here.

Unfortunately, like most other mainstream sneaker manufacturers, Vans has only a mediocre environmental and ethical rating.

Instead of Vans, check out Cariuma, who makes sustainable skater shoes.



Asics vegan shoes

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available

Asics doesn't have the widest range of vegan sneakers, but their Onitsuka Tiger range comes with several vegan options. See here.

Like most other multinational sneaker companies, Asics has a poor sustainability/worker rating, unfortunately.



Camper vegan shoes

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available

Camper shoes, born out of practical designs based on farmers' footwear in Mallorca, Spain, have evolved a lot since. They have sections for non-leather mens shoes and womens shoes on their site.

Unfortunately, like other major brands, Camper is rated on Good On You (for sustainability and worker practices) as 'not good enough'.




Features: eco-friendly, vegan-friendly shoes available

Cariuma is a sustainable Brazilian footwear brand that uses organic cotton and rubber for their vegan shoes. They also have an initiative of planting 10 trees for every sneaker purchased. Their sneakers come in six different styles, from low cut to hi cut and slip on, plus a wide range of colours.

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neutral and it comes in recycled/recyclable packaging. I have a pair and while the insole is extremely comfortable and seems great for walking, I find they rub against my toes in a painful way. However, most reviewers state they're really comfy with no breaking-in period so it might just be my feet.


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Features: eco-friendly, 100% vegan company

Nae is a Portuguese vegan footwear brand whose beautiful shoes I've always admired. In the last few years, they've branched out into sneakers and they have a range of stylish picks, both for men and women.

They also make vegan unisex running shoes, the Jor, made of recycled plastic bottles. For their vegan eco friendly shoes they use organic cotton, cork, and for their vegan leather sneakers, either vegan leather and Piñatex (an eco-friendly alternative to leather made of discarded pineapple waste). See their vegan Piñatex sneakers here.


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Ahimsa vegan shoes

Features: 100% vegan company

Ahimsa built the first all-vegan shoe factory in the world. This 100% vegan Brazilian shoe company has a wide range of styles, including some classic vegan sneaker styles, which you can find here



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Vegetarian Shoes

Features: 100% vegan company

Vegetarian Shoes is one of the oldest vegan shoe companies in existence. This well-known vegan shoe brand was founded in the UK in 1990. They've vastly expanded their vegan shoe range recently, and have a wide range of cute and fashionable vegan sneakers. See my pick: the Komodo Eco Sneako in Mint, made with organic cotton.


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Features: 100% vegan company

Etiko is an all-vegan, sustainable, people- and planet-friendly shoe company. They manufacture their shoes to a high labor standard (most products are fair trade and they pay living wage) and they use organic cotton.

Their vegan canvas shoes are excellent (more ethical) alternatives to Converse, which is now owned by Nike. They have both vegan hi top sneakers and low tops,  and they have vegan slip on sneakers, too. The color range isn't the biggest - they have black, white, blue, red and green.


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Features: eco-friendly shoes, vegan-friendly shoes available

Po-Zu is a UK footwear company specialising in sustainable shoes. For their vegan casual shoes, they use organic cotton, Piñatex vegan pineapple leather (an eco-friendly material made of discarded pineapple waste) and apple leather (an innovative new vegan leather  made from apples).

You can see their vegan sneakers here.

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Vivo Barefoot

Features: vegan-friendly shoes available

Vivo Barefoot is the perfect option if you want to try a different kind of sneaker. Their premise is that they make 'barefoot' shoes, and have become a bit of a trend recently in the wellness and running communities. The idea is these stripped back shoes replicate the experience of walking barefoot, which some believe is better for your feet. These are the best vegan trainers for those who prefer a barefoot shoe.

Vivo Barefoot has a few different vegan styles available, including vegan trail running shoes, using materials like recycled mesh and algae. Find their vegan women's shoes here and vegan men's shoes here.

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Wills vegan sneakers

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Features: 100% vegan company

Wills is an all-vegan shoe company based in the UK. Originally founded as a men's shoe brand (at a time when it was especially hard to find vegan men's shoes), the vegan shoe store has since expanded into outerwear, women's accessories and other vegan sustainable fashion.

They have a range of classic style sneakers. Find their mens sneakers here and their womens sneakers here.

Will's has online vegan stores for the US, UK, Germany and EU - switch country/currency in the upper left corner.

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Keep vegan shoes

Features: 100% vegan company

Keep is an all-vegan shoe company. They make a range of leather free sneakers, including many in colorful patterns.

One especially unique offering is their Gourmand sneaker, designed for chefs and restaurant staff. 

Find their full shoe range here.

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More vegan sneaker brands:


Native Shoes

Stella McCartney


Toms Shoes also have vegan options. See them here.



What are vegan sneakers?

Vegan sneakers, like the ones in this list, are sneakers made without any animal products, from leather uppers to animal glue used to hold the shoe together. Beyond vegan food (not consuming animal products), ethical veganism is also about eschewing wearing or using animal products, including shoes.

Instead, vegan sneakers are made of canvas or vegan leather.


How are vegan shoes made? What are vegan sneaker mde of?

Have you been asking yourself "how are vegan sneakers made?" Vegan shoe brands use a wide range of materials, from canvas to vegan leather to recycled rubber to make their shoes. They also use vegan leathers like polyurethane or PU, pineapple leather or apple leather, made from food industry waste. Very few use PVC anymore because it's so environmentally damaging.


Are vegan shoes expensive?

No! There are lots of affordable vegan shoes (and expensive vegan designer shoes, too). If you're on a strict budget, lots of discount shoe stores have non leather shoes, though the glue may not always be vegan. (Although many companies are now using vegan glue these days because it's inexpensive.) Better yet, look secondhand, whether that's in charity shops near you or online. eBay and secondhand apps like Depop and Vinted make it easy to search for vegan shoes, or even specific brands of vegan shoes.

Of course, there's a wide range of vegan shoes, from budget options all the way up to designer vegan sneakers from the likes of Balenciaga. There really is a vegan shoe for every budget.


Are vegan shoes more eco friendly than leather shoes?

You might have heard people say that vegan leather is plastic and therefore isn't eco-friendly, and so you might be wondering if vegan shoes are eco-friendly. The answer is that although polyurethane (PU), the most commonly used vegan leather alternative, is plastic, it's still rated as more eco friendly than leather! That's because of the land, water and energy it takes to raise animals, plus emissions.

Plus, most leather isn't biodegradable because of the way it's tanned. 90% of leather is tanned using chromium. According to Common Objective, chromium causes respiratory issues and raises cancer risk among those involved in the industry, some of whom are only ten years old. As you can see, leather is not just bad for the environment, but also animals and the humans involved in the industry.


Where to buy vegan sneakers?

If you're extremely fortunate, you might happen to live in a city that is home to a vegan shoe store - but those are pretty rare. Barring that, the internet is your best option - hence this list! You can also check stores near you. As I mentioned above, you can find shoes that are made of canvas or even synthetic leather in many stores, but glue is another matter since it's never labeled (more info on the use of vegan vs animal-based glue in shoes here).


Are vegan shoes breathable?

If you're planning on walking or running, of course you may have concerns about breathability. There seems to be a misconception that vegan shoes aren't as breathable as leather, but that isn't true. This rumor probably started a few decades ago, back when PVC was commonly used in non-leather shoes (now it's rarely used, and I recommend avoiding it because it's not eco friendly - see above). PVC is very sweaty. Thankfully, especially given how bad PVC is for the environment, it's rarely used now.

This footwear site actually says synthetic materials are lighter weight and more breathable than leather.

Have you ever heard that you should rotate shoes? It's not just an old wive's tale. Experts recommend this and it tends to reduce smell, so if you're worried about that I recommend rotating shoes.


Are vegan sneakers durable?

Durability, in my experience, varies wildly by brand (including in the non-vegan shoe market). Vegan shoes can last a long time - I've had some last me many years - while others have disappointed by falling apart quickly. Naturally, budget shoes you find at a discount store near you will likely fall apart more quickly than more expensive shoes made using higher-quality materials or those made with different techniques. With all shoes, I recommend finding a good cobbler/shoe repair shop near you, and taking your shoes there for repairs or to be resoled. It greatly extends the life of your shoes - for example, I have a pair of boots I use heavily each winter which I've had re-soled every winter for the last 5 years! Some cobblers can't re-sole trainers, while others can.

Of course, caring for your shoes helps too. Experts say rotating shoes can make them last longer, plus it's better for your feet and tends to make them smell less. For more ideas and suggestions on how to make your shoes last longer, see this guide.


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Need other shoe styles? See my ultimate guide to all vegan shoes here.

Find my guide to the best vegan boots here and my guide to vegan sandals here. I also have a guide specific to vegan Chelsea boots here and a guide to vegan ankle boots here.

Looking for more vegan beauty & fashion? Find my vegan beauty & fashion section here.

Don't forget to pack your vegan sneakers on your next trip in your vegan luggage - you'll need them for all the walking you do on your travels! For my vegan city guides + destination guides, check here.

For more vegan online shopping, click here to see my vegan online shop directory.

What's your fave vegan sneaker? 

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