The ultimate guide to the best vegan sneakers
Strappy sandals, high platform heels, knee-high boots… While all of these shoe options are ideal when a special occasion strikes, none beats the versatility of a good pair of sneakers. Lightweight sneakers, trendy chunky shoes, and basic slip-ons all add a special touch to an everyday outfit. Whether you’re roaming the city streets for a full day of shopping or getting ready for a night out with your best friends, you can always trust the basic sneaker to solve your wardrobe dilemma. However, for those looking for vegan-friendly materials, it can be difficult to find a pair without unnecessary and cruel materials like leather, plastic, and animal glue. Fortunately, as the fashion world slowly turns to a more eco-friendly and animal-friendly approach, there are more options than ever before to fuel your (vegan) shopping habits. With Nike, Adidas and even Gucci creating vegan versions of their iconic styles, it’s time to put the vegan sneaker on the map. Read on to discover 15 super stylish vegan sneakers, suitable for any mood or event.
SAYE Modelo ’89 Vegan Lima, $ 160
Using corn leather, bamboo and recycled thermoplastics collected from auto factories, the first vegan sneaker from the Spanish brand SAYE is a retro dream come true (it even comes in other pastel colors like blue, yellow , salmon and lilac). The three-year-old brand aims to become a zero waste brand while fighting for fair working conditions and fighting deforestation by planting two trees for every sneaker sold.
Infinity Glide AVRE shoe, $ 145
Woman-owned AVRE (which stands for Authentic, Versatile, Responsible, and Empowered) takes environmental friendliness to the next level with its stylish sneakers made from recycled water bottles. The Southern California-based brand’s Infinity Glide slip-ons are ultra-comfortable, durable, and washable to boot, so your next outdoor hike or trip to the mall will be a snap.
CARIUMA IBI knit, $ 98
Comfort meets style in these unisex lace-up sneakers from Rio de Janeiro-based CARIUMA. The brand’s philosophy of quality over quantity is reflected in this easy-to-wear, machine-washable style made from bamboo, cork and recycled PET, plastic bottles and cane sugar. And the company even plants two trees in the Brazilian rainforest for every shoe sold. Now if only we could decide which color to run in.
SeaVees Monterey sneaker platform, $ 110
Founded in the 60s and revitalized in the 2000s by Steven Tiller, SeaVees is responsible for positioning sneakers as an everyday shoe in modern American society (this was primarily for the gym or the option reserved for children at the time). SeaVees now offers a variety of vegan styles, including these lace-up platform sneakers in adorable prints such as strawberries or planet Earth. It’s almost too cute to wear… almost!
Soludos Yebo Vegan Sneakers, $ 139
Celebrity-favorite Soludos believes every step counts, which is why the New York-based brand recently launched its first vegan leather sneaker made with recycled rubber and cork. The comfortable, foam-lined Yebo comes in four classic colors, including simple white, sophisticated navy, chic wine, and girly pink.
Vans Eco Theory Authentic SF, $ 70
The Vans checkerboard classic gets an eco-friendly makeover in the iconic skate brand’s new Eco Theory collection. With an emphasis on the use of responsibly sourced materials, Vans uses organically grown cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard, antimicrobial hemp that requires less water to grow, and natural rubber. petrol-free for the soles which maintain the same grip as the brand’s soles. older styles.
Ella & Witt Goodall sneakers, $ 210.85
Founders Birgit and Torsten Lasar named German label Ella & Witt in honor of two of the residents of their local animal sanctuary, Jars Ella and the cow Frau Witt. Ethically produced in Portugal, the vegan Goodall sneaker, created with corn leather, is an Instagrammable dream with its vibrant color palette and chunky exterior. Take your favorite jeans and a white t-shirt for an ultra-cool girl cut.
Lane Eight Trainer AD-1, $ 110
Founded by brothers James and Josh Shorrock, Lane Eight offers stylish shoes for those who are always on the move. With over 10 different colors, including a special edition Pride tie-dye, this lightweight trainer features an algae-based foam midsole, a recycled knit upper, and a vegan microfiber overlay. Outdoor cycling lessons or running? You will only need this one shoe for all your active adventures.
Veja V-12 B-Mesh, $ 140
After a visit to a fast-fashion factory in China, founders Sébastien Kopp and François-Ghislain Morillion knew they wanted to create a brand focused on social responsibility, fair trade and sustainability. Enter VEJA, the very popular and celebrity favorite French brand. Add a pop of color to any basic outfit with these all-vegan shoes made from Amazon rubber, waste rice and recycled plastic bottles.
Adidas Sandals by Stella McCartney Ultraboost, $ 210
Iconic and eco-conscious designer Stella McCartney partnered with the German sportswear company in 2005 and has since created fun and innovative designs meant to inspire all who wear them. Concrete example: the Ultraboost (made with recycled plastics) is functional but elegant for all training enthusiasts. The clothing and footwear brand also offers vegan versions of its popular styles, Samba and Continental 80.
Good News Palm Ombre Tie Dye High Top Shoes, $ 174
Add some fun to your wardrobe with these tie-dye wedge shoes from British shoe brand Good News. This pastel-hued pair is made with recycled rubber soles, safe dyes, hemp canvas and organic cotton, which means it’s good news for the planet. Pair a simple white dress with this chunky shoe for an enviable summer uniform.
Gucci Rhyton sneakers, $ 790
Iconic fashion house Gucci is finally getting into the vegan leather game with the release of its first line of animal-free sneakers. Made from Demetra, a leather alternative created from 77% plant-based raw materials such as wood pulp and viscose, the Rhyton sneakers have the same soft finish as the brand’s leather styles.
Reed x Løci vegan sneakers, $ 160
Vegetarian actress Nikki Reed has teamed up with sustainable luxury brand Løci to launch a range of four vegan sneakers, which were included in this year’s Oscar nominated gift bags. The breathable, low-cut sneaker is available in white, beige, sage or yellow and is made from 100% recycled materials including cork, rubber and reused ocean plastic.
KUMI Classic KS Trainers, $ 121
Tired of their nine to five jobs, Con co-founders Sergio Carvajal and Alexandra Pardo Gómez del Cerro followed their passions to create the sustainable vegan brand KUMI. With an old-fashioned skater-inspired design, these lightweight, non-slip sneakers come in six different colourways and add a sporty-chic look to every fit. Plus, each pair is made from recycled cork and plastic water bottles for an eco-friendly and breathable feel.
Vessi everyday sneakers, $ 135
With its patented waterproof knit, Vancouver-based Vessi puts innovation to the test. This weather-resistant vegan sneaker offers added arch support and is perfect to take on vacation or toss in your car for all day’s adventures.
So iLL x On The Roam Yaya Lavender Roamer, $ 109
Climbing clothing brand So iLL has partnered with Aquaman and Game of thrones actor Jason Momoa for designing these vibrantly colored vegan shoes. The low top lace-up shoe features an organic cotton upper, rubber outsole and sockliner made by BLOOM Foam, a company that turns harmful algae blooms into sustainable materials.
Aruka Sanchir is the Beauty & Style Editor of VegNews, and she loves a good pair of sneakers for any occasion.
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