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17 Vegan Sneaker Brands You Need to Know

Wondering where to purchase vegan sneakers? We’ve got you covered with these vegan and vegan-friendly brands!

Finding cruelty-free shoes to fit your lifestyle shouldn’t have to be a chore, that’s why we’ve done the work for you by highlighting the veg-friendly brands we are loving! From athleisure sneakers to classy and sassy low tops, you are sure to find the perfect kicks for any occasion. Here are 16 eco-friendly shoes for vegans, athletes, and fashion lovers alike!

Avre

This California-based brand makes shoes designed for women on the go, as each shoe provides flexible and lightweight comfort. The Life Force Sneaker is made with threads from recycled PET (polyester) bottles, and is ideal for wearing to the gym or on your commute to work. The Limitless Grey shoe is also a great choice for a cute and casual look, and will keep your feet comfortable as you take on the day!

Avre

Vessi Footwear

From sporty sneakers to everyday slip-ons, this brand offers men’s and women’s waterproof shoes that can be worn for any occasion, rain or shine! Vessi sneakers are fully vegan and come in Weekend (inspired by 90s styles), Cityscape (rain-proof, snow-proof, and slush-proof), Everyday (increased arch support and thick soles), and Everyday Slip-On varieties. Vessi sneakers are also perfect for travel as they are very lightweight, ultra comfy, and 100% stylish!

Vessi Footwear

Freewaters

Live life fashionably and freely with vegan-friendly Freewaters kicks! The Trainer Knit sneakers will become your new go to shoe when hustling through the airport or when strolling through the park. The brand also makes cozy slippers equipped with a sponge rubber sole that can be worn both indoors and outdoors!

Freewaters

Will’s Vegan Store

A staple in vegan fashion, Will’s Vegan Store offers cruelty-free kicks using Italian vegan leather—all made from plants! Ladies and gents can strut in style with the LDN Biodegradable Sneakers, which are designed to be breathable and lightweight for all day comfort. The brand also offers men’s and women’s sandals, loafers, hiking boots, and more!

Will's Vegan Store

NAE Vegan Shoes

NAE (No Animal Exploitation) offers animal-friendly shoes for both men and women, as well as unisex products. The Portugese vegan footwear brand uses materials such as Piñatex (fiber from the waste leaves of the pineapple plant), organic cotton, cork, vegan leather, recycled PET (a highly recyclable plastic resin and a form of polyester), and vegan velvet. Stroll through the fall foliage in a pair of Matt Black Vegan Sneakers, or flaunt your cruelty-free style with the EFE Brown Vegan Sneakers.

NAE Vegan Shoes

BC Footwear

BC (Born in California) Footwear is an all-vegan women’s brand that combines West Coast style with sustainability and comfort. Look like a total badass in the Support Sneaker, which is available in Cheetah, White/Yellow, Natural Raffia, and Blue Tie Dye colors.

BC Footwear

Call It Spring

Call It Spring offers youthful, trendy, and stylish shoes for both men and women at an accessible price. Ladies can step out in style in the Gigi sneakers, which come in white and black, while the gentlemen will look dapper in the Conner sneakers, which come in navy, cognac, white, and green colors. The brand also designs boots, sneakers, flats, sandals, and accessories so you can look your best for any occasion!

Call It Spring

Veja

Since 2005, Veja has been creating environmentally friendly sneakers made with raw materials sourced from organic farming. Their vegan sneaker line features sneakers for both athleisure and casual wear, such as the V-10 CWL White Marsala Butter Sole, and the Condor Mesh Nautico Turquoise.

Veja

Nothing New

Eco-friendly fashion is attractive, that’s Nothing New! The brand offers both men’s and women’s low-top and high top sneakers, made from recycled materials like plastic, cotton—sourced from the not-for-profit Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)—rubber, and cork. Nothing New also designs eco-friendly socks, so you can pair your kicks with cozy and sustainable hosiery.

Nothing New

Native Shoes

“Live lightly” is the mantra behind this sustainable brand, which has been creating eco-friendly footwear since 2009. Native Shoes offers sneakers, sandals, and more for men, women, kids, and babies, so the whole family can step out in vegan fashion! The Jefferson Orca Print sneaker is a fun and playful way to show off your love for animals, while the Miles slip-ons will keep you comfortable as they are made with an ultralight and perforated for air flow.

Native Shoes

Cariuma

This Brazil-based brand designs sneakers that are not only fashionable and comfortable, but also make a positive impact on the planet. When you purchase a pair of shoes from Cariuma, they will plant two trees in the Brazilian rainforest to actively aid reforestation and preserve natural habitats. The company offers men’s and women’s sneakers in styles such as Off-White Canvas, and low tops like the Sand Knit.

Cariuma

Matt + Nat

Matt (Mat-T-erial) & Nat (Nature) designs 100% vegan and cruelty-free shoes. The brand is committed to using sustainable and eco-friendly materials like recycled nylons and even corkscrews to create classy and stylish fashions. The Bonaventure shoes will become your new staple piece as they can be worn to add a cool, chic look to any outfit.

Matt + Nat

Thousand Fell

Sneakers made from castor bean and coconuts? You bet! Thousand Fell offers shoes made from sustainably sourced materials like aloe vera, coconut husk, sugar cane, quartz, palm leaf fibers, recycled rubber, recycled bottles, and castor bean. The men’s and women’s lace-up sneakers are lined with a soft touch mesh, so you can wear them sockless and still keep your feet super comfy! The Slip Ons are also cushioned with a comfortable recycled rubber insole, and can be worn rain or shine as they are stain proof and water resistant. When you’ve outworn your Thousand Fell sneakers, just send them back to the company, and they will take care of recycling!

Thousand Fell

Keep

Made for the artist and adventurer, Keep offers 100% vegan shoes with unique and creative designs. Express your cat obsession with The Homer Kitty low-tops, or embrace your artistic passion with The Homer Nav sneakers, which are custom woven and feature the Wise Eye motif, a symbol of wisdom—a wise shoe choice indeed!

Keep Shoes

Arcas Bear

Step into 2021 in style with Arcas Bear, a plant-based shoe company that designs comfy and fashionable unisex sneakers. Choose from styles like Fire Energy hightops, or chill out in the Arctic Energy sneakers. Each is made with an extra cushion of coconut fibers, so you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds!

Arcas Bear

APL

Athletic Propulsion Labs (APL) is an LA-based company that was founded by twin brothers who happened to also be sport collegiate athletes. APL offers a selection of vegan-friendly sneakers for men and women that not only enhance exercise performance, but also provide comfort and support for your feet. Get your game on with the TechLoom Wave sneakers, which are designed to stretch and conform to your movement. They also offer a carbon neutral shipping option. Note that some of their styles contain wool.

APL

Beflamboyant

Born out of a couple’s dream to create a positive impact on the fashion industry and the planet, Beflamboyant offers unisex vegan sneakers made from recycled and sustainable materials and high-quality microfibers. The sneakers come in colors like almond, noir, caramel, white, and sand, and can be worn with a casual day dress or your favorite pair of jeans. Note: We recommend referring to the size guide on the website, as the shoes run slightly large.

Beflamboyant

Kayla Pasko

@kaylapasko

Kayla, a Midwest girl living in NYC, is a writer with a background in media sales. When she’s not scoping out trendy vegan spots, she’s usually taking a yoga class, shopping at Trader Joe’s, or catching a Packers game.

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