Ethletic Vegan Sneakers

Vegan Sneakers & 17 of the Best Vegan Sneaker Brands (2020)

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Looking for a new pair of vegan sneakers? You’ve come to the right place!

We all have our favorite pair of sneakers. Maybe it’s a stylish pair that we wear that look cool, or a pair that we wear regularly to play sports. Sneakers are an essential part of any shoe collection. But are the shoes you pack in your gym bag every day vegan sneakers?

If not, don’t worry, there are plenty of brands making vegan trainers, sneakers, or tennis shoes…whatever you call them. Here are 17 of our favorites:

  1. Ethletic – Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Skater Shoes 
  2. Tropicfeel – Vegan Travel Sneakers
  3. Will’s Vegan Shoes – Carbon Neutral Vegan Shoes
  4. Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather – French Vegan Shoes
  5. 8000Kicks – Waterproof Cannabis Vegan Sneakers
  6. Veja – French Vegan Sneakers
  7. Vans – Classic Skater Sneakers
  8. Bohempia – Czech Hemp Vegan Shoes
  9. Native Shoes – Beast Free Vegan Shoes
  10. Vegetarian Shoes – Affordable Vegan Shoes
  11. soleRebels – Artisan Vegan Shoes
  12. Matt & Nat – Vegan Accessory & Shoe Company
  13. Freewaters – Vegan Shoes & Clean Water Cause
  14. Inkkas – Vegan Shoes & Trees
  15. Vivo Barefoot – Minimalist & Sustainable Vegan Shoes
  16. Rothy’s – Casual Vegan Sneakers
  17. Keep – Vegan, Unisex Sneakers

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Before we dive straight into all those brands making awesome vegan sneakers, let’s set the record straight…

What Are Vegan Sneakers?

person wearing Vegan Sneakers

Vegan sneakers, vegan trainers, or vegan runners – whatever you like to call them – may not have crossed your mind before. Unfortunately, many shoes on the market today are made using animal materials. These include leather fabrics, wool padding, beeswax proofing, and even animal bones in the shoe glue!

Some companies will indicate which materials they use (e.g. leather or manmade) on the label. However, it’s impossible to know if all the components of that shoe are actually vegan, unless they’re clearly labelled so. Vegan sneakers may use synthetic materials like nylon or PU. They may also use more natural materials like cotton, rubber, cork, or plant leaves.

Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of vegan sneakers from around the world to make your next shopping experience easier. These range from large brands that you’ve likely heard of, to small, fair-trade, local companies.

For even more vegan shoe options, check out this article on the best vegan shoe brands! If you’re looking for vegan clothing we have an article on that too!

Here Are 17 Brands That Are Making High Quality Vegan Sneakers!

Please note – Some of the selections in this article contain affiliate links. These allow me to earn a small percentage every time you make a purchase. Using these links enables me to provide all the information found on this site free of charge. Thank you to Ethletic and Tropicfeel for sending samples to try. As always, opinions expressed are 100% our own.

Ethletic – Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Skater Shoes 

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  • Personally Tested – Yes, have tried several pairs of their shoes and love them. They’re excellent and stylish everyday wear shoes!
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

Fairtrade, sustainable, eco-friendly, PETA-approved – this German shoe company has it all!

Ethletic creates skater shoes, athletic vegan sneakers, and lounging runners to suit everyone’s preference. The company uses materials like organic cotton, natural rubber, and latex glue. It prides itself in its fair-trade practices in Pakistan and India and donates money from each pair sold to sustainable projects that support these local economies.

Ethletic is currently creating a program to completely recycle its shoes. This is in addition to the shoes themselves being mostly biodegradable to begin with.

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Tropicfeel – Vegan Travel Shoes

Tropicfeel Vegan Travel Shoes

  • Personally Tested – Yes, have tried their shoes and love them. Perfect for everyday wear and especially travel, walking, hiking, and working out in mild and hot weathered locations.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

Frustrated from a trip to Thailand trekking in low quality footwear, Tropicfeel was born. This carbon neutral company creates long-lasting 100% vegan shoes made from sustainable and recycled materials. Each pair of their Monsoon vegan sneakers is made from 3 recycled plastic bottles! In addition, the insoles are made from algae.

One of the highlights of this company is that they partner with non-profit organizations which protect wildlife and national parks. You can feel good about making a positive impact with every purchase from Tropicfeel.

Will’s Vegan Shoes – Carbon Neutral Vegan Shoes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – Yes, have tried several different styles of their shoes and other products and love, love, love them. The company has a wide variety of shoes for every occasion.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

One of the more popular, yet small, vegan shoe brands out there is Will’s Vegan Shoes. This carbon neutral and PETA approved company offers all styles of shoes, with a dedicated vegan sneaker section. With styles for both men and women, their vegan sneakers are made from eco-friendly materials and recycled rubber.

You’ll easily find both casual lounging vegan sneakers as well as active vegan sneakers for exercise. Their prices are reasonable, and the quality is high – you won’t be throwing these away after just a year!

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – Yes, I have a pair of their sandals and love them!
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan

French brand, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, is producing a wide range of super funky, fun, and sometimes colorful vegan sneakers!

After trying out their Jenny Mustard vegan sandals, I became a huge fan of GGDWL. After sneaking a peak at their sneaker page, I have serious shoe envy. The styles are right up my alley. There’s everything from multi-color 80s throwbacks, to low top skater styles, to slip-on sneakers in muted tones.

Plus, the styles change every season! So, there’s always something new to get excited about!

Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather was founded in 2011 and was the very first French vegan shoe company. Everything they make are cruelty-free and sweatshop-free. Plus, they’re fair-trade, made in Europe, and the company follows eco-friendly and sustainable practices. So, choosing a pair of vegan sneakers from them will make your feet and your heart happy!

8000Kicks – Waterproof Cannabis Vegan Sneakers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan.

A company with its roots in Kickstarter, 8000Kicks is really taking the vegan sneaker world by storm. They are the world’s first waterproof cannabis (hemp) sneakers that are made from 100% vegan and eco-friendly materials.

Besides hemp, the shoes also have insoles made from cork and recycled rubber. That’s right – each shoe uses upcycled materials. Each pair of 8000Kicks actually contains 100g of old recycled shoes from Portugal. With styles for both men and women, the product reviews are raving about how comfortable 8000Kicks vegan sneakers are.

Veja – French Vegan Sneakers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have over 40 styles of vegan sneakers.

With over 40 styles of vegan sneakers, this French shoe company is a strong contender in the vegan sneaker game. Veja’s vegan shoes are made from a combination of recycled polyester, corn waste, wild rubber, organic cotton, plastic bottles, and synthetic materials.

The shoes are made in Brazil and use high quality materials often sourced directly from the farmers there. Their Campo sneaker is biodegradable too, as it’s made from waxed canvas. So cool!

Vans – Classic Skater Sneakers

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  • Personally Tested – Yes, and we love them.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No but they have loads of vegan options.

A famous name in the skater shoe world, Vans has many vegan sneaker styles . You can shop according to material type, which makes finding the vegan styles a breeze. By selecting “canvas” instead of “suede” or “leather,” you’ll be able to find animal-free styles. Their EU website even has a “vegan” filter. Many of Vans top-selling shoes just happen to be vegan!

Vans uses cotton in both its canvas shoes and vegan shoelaces, as it’s durable, natural, and breathable. They also use rubber that’s beeswax-free for the shoes’ outsoles. The company states proudly that its vegan sneakers are just as durable as its non-vegan versions.

Bohempia – Czech Hemp Vegan Shoes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan.

A PETA-approved brand, Bohempia uses small European workshops to create sustainable, eco-friendly products based in Prague. They use hemp as their main material, which is durable, moisture-wicking, and antimicrobial. With an environmental focus, Bohempia proudly shows how hemp production uses less water, chemicals, and land than its alternatives.

With vegan sneaker styles for both men and women, you can rest assured that Bohempia’s shoes are ethically made and will last for a long time. They offer slip on, laced, and boot style vegan sneakers to suit everyone’s preference.

Native Shoes – Beast Free Vegan Shoes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan.

Native Shoes is PETA approved and self-appointed “beast free”, meaning they use no animal products whatsoever. This unique vegan company hopes to be 100% “Life Cycle Managed” by the year 2023. This means that you can return your old Native Shoes back to the company who will then recycle the materials to create seating, insulation or playground flooring.

There are many vegan sneaker styles and colors available for both men and women. The vegan sneakers feature lightweight materials such as rubber, algae, and animal-free microfibre. Native Shoes prides itself on using less water and creating less CO2 emissions compared to traditional shoe companies.

Vegetarian Shoes – One of the Oldest Vegan Shoe Companies

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – Yes, and we love them.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, all their shoes are 100% vegan.

The name might throw you off, but don’t worry, these shoes are vegan! Vegetarian Shoes have been around for decades. They have vegan shoes ranging from all styles and sizes, including vegan sneakers. Founder Robin Webb started making shoes by hand (self-taught!) in the 1990s. The brand now has factories in Europe and the UK, but still operates as a small company.

The materials the company uses are plentiful – cork, vegan microfiber, cotton, hemp, and many more. Their vegan sneakers are breathable and are made to be ultra-comfortable, with squishy soles.

soleRebels – Artisan Vegan Shoes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have a vegan range.

Based in Ethiopia, soleRebels is an artisan, ethical company that combines the creative designs of Ethiopian locals with a traditional recycled tire shoe. Their vegan range is called b*knd and uses materials like organic cotton, koba plant fiber, hemp, and recycled tires. All the shoes are hand-made to order in Ethiopia and use authentic hand-crafting techniques from the region, like hand-spun cotton.

The company prides itself an almost zero-waste establishment, using recycled and reusable packaging to ship shoes across the world. Their vegan sneakers boast extreme comfort, and even use recycled truck tires inner tubes as the laces!

Matt & Nat – Vegan Accessory & Shoe Company

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, 100% vegan company!

Respected Canadian vegan company Matt & Nat is famous for its animal-free bags and wallets. Did you know that they also make vegan sneakers? With both athletic and casual styles, Matt + Nat’s sneakers use rubber, recycled canvas, and synthetic materials to craft its vegan sneaker styles.

You can find Matt & Nat in the US, UK, Germany, Japan, Canada and Australia. Their vegan sneakers look incredibly comfortable yet super stylish.

Freewaters – Vegan Shoes & Clean Water Cause

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have a vegan range.

Freewaters do not only make fantastic vegan sneakers, but they’re also a company that gives back. With each pair of shoes purchased, the company partners with grassroots organizations to provide clean drinking water to communities in the Philippines, Haiti, and Kenya.

You can browse the materials in each shoe to check if it’s in their vegan range – all vegan styles are clearly labelled. The vegan sneakers use knit fabrics and foam rubber, which are shipped in recycled packaging. In addition, you can shop for vegan sneakers according to your destination and climate, which is incredibly useful.

Inkkas – Vegan Shoes & Trees

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have a vegan range.

Offering both vegan runners and vegan joggers (in addition to many other shoe styles), Inkkas has their vegan shoe range clearly labelled. The best part about this company is that they plant a tree for each pair of shoes sold, resulting in thousands of trees being planted in larger reforestation projects.

The vegan sneakers come in plenty of colors and designs, with materials including rubber, cotton, and fabrics sourced from Latin American artists. Inkkas operates following fair trade principles and empowers local farmers and artisans in Peruvian and Mexican communities.

Vivo Barefoot – Minimalist & Sustainable Vegan Shoes

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – No, but they have a vegan range.

Vivo Barefoot really are pioneers in minimalist and sustainable shoes. Their goal by 2020 is to use 90% sustainable materials in their shoe range. They are currently designing a Primus Bio shoe, made from a vegan polymer derived from corn.

It’s easy to find their vegan shoe range on their website. The materials used range from algae insoles to lining made from repurposed plastic waste. Plus, minimalist shoes are also meant to be better for your feet and body by using less padding than conventional sneakers.

Rothy’s – Casual Vegan Sneakers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rothy’s is another brand that offers casual vegan sneakers – just make sure not to buy shoes from their Merino line (which contain wool).

Rothy’s uses signature thread made from plastic water bottles, of which they’ve recycled millions. Additionally, they use carbon-free rubber and vegan leather for the outsoles of many of their designs.

The company currently makes vegan sneakers for women and kids. The best part about Rothy’s vegan sneakers is that they’re machine washable, meaning you can let your sneakers live their best life!

Keep – Vegan, Unisex Sneakers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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  • Personally Tested – No, but they have an excellent reputation.
  • Totally Vegan Company – Yes, totally vegan!

Keep offers cruelty-free, vegan, unisex sneakers. The materials used include rubber, cotton, and synthetic leather. Some styles even use natural vegan indigo dye to create distinctive patterns. The company often teams up with special artists, musicians, or non-profit organizations to tell a story with each shoe collection.

A great thing about Keep is that they offer a “uniform program” for companies that employ workers in the hospitality industry. Their kitchen shoes are non-slip, water-resistant, and offer arch support. These vegan sneakers help improve safety conditions for workers — a win for everyone.

There you have it! As you can see, it’s easier than you think to find your next pair of kicks that are vegan and cruelty-free. Do you have a favorite pair of vegan sneakers that wasn’t mentioned here? Let us know in the comments below!

About the Author

Contributor: Kayla Hill

Kayla Hill is a former English teacher from Canada and is now eating her way around the globe as a long-term vegan traveler. She writes about food and travel for the South China Morning Post and is on a quest to find the best vegan burger. Follow her on Instagram at @greedy.vegans

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  1. Hi Kayla,

    Great article and thanks for writing.

    It might be worth double checking Vans. I called and asked a shop assistant to confirm if their sneakers advertised as vegan friendly were 100% vegan including the adhesives. I was told they cannot confirm that they are 100% vegan because they are not sure about all the adhesives or something like that, so she had been told to describe them instead as vegan friendly to anyone interested.

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