Shopping for vegan sneakers? Brands are increasingly upping their game when it comes to sustainable shoes, free from animal products.
If you want to make sure your sneakers are kind to the planet and 100% vegan, here are a few of the finest pairs you can find online right now.
9 of the Coolest Vegan Sneakers
Adidas SC Premiere
Adidas do a vegan range of their most popular styles. You’ll find Sambas, Stan Smiths, Continentals and Superstars, all without any animal products.
But…our favourite pair of vegan Adidas sneakers has to be the minimalistic SC Premiere. These shoes have paper laces, use recycled rubber for the sole and 100% recycled polyester for the lining. A pair of guilt-free sneakers if ever we’ve seen one!
Native Apollo 2.0
This brand is top of the class when it comes to vegan and sustainable production. All shoes are 100% vegan. By 2023, Native also plans to 100% manage the shoe production life cycle, meaning customers send in old pairs that will then be recycled!
The Apollo 2.0 is one of our favorite options on the Native site. This slip on sneaker is made with synthetic, solvent-free suede and a recycled material insole.
Nike started using vegan glue back in 2015. But you’ll still find animal products used in some of their sneakers. Most styles come in a mixture of vegan and non-vegan varieties.
However, pick up a pair of Nike Air Max Dias or Nike Air Max 270s and you can be confident that your kicks are completely free from animal products.
Vans Checkerboard Slip-Ons
Who doesn’t love a classic? These Vans checkerboard slip-ons are an easy, everyday sneaker that just refuses to go out of fashion! This classic pair are part of a wide range of Vans vegan shoes. Make sure you pick out a pair with a canvas upper and you won’t go far wrong.
Yatay Neven High
Another everyday sneaker with a difference. Yatay Neven Highs are available for both men and women and come in a great selection of colors, including our favorite – Edelweiss Grey.
Shop around on the Yatay site and every sneaker you come across is 100% vegan. These guys are big on sustainability too. Their synthetic leather is innovatively made from cereal rather than oil. And, although you’d never know it, recycled plastic bottles and sustainably sourced tree pulp are a few of the other ingredients that go into a pair of Yatay kicks.
Converse Chuck Taylor
Pick a new pair of cotton canvas sneakers from the Converse Chuck Taylor range, and you can be confident that they are 100% vegan, right down to the synthetic glue that holds the shoes together. What’s more, you can completely customize your shoes. Pick the colors and patterns you love, to create your own unique pair of sneakers.
Veja is another sneaker brand with an excellent vegan range – one that includes the classic V-10s. These retro beauties come in a great selection of colorways and are made with ecological and sustainable materials. Think recycled polyester, wild rubber and cotton coated with corn resin.
Po Zu Sneak Black Apple Skin
These unique trainers are made from a natural alternative to leather. As the name suggests, apple skin (a by-product of the apple juice industry) is used to create a flexible and hard-wearing shoe. A natural rubber sole and a memory foam insole made from natural latex and cork complete the list of vegan materials used to create this stylish pair of sneakers.
The timeless design of these retro style sneakers ensure they won’t fade from fashion as seasons change. They’re 100% vegan and made with sustainable materials including 100% recycled nylon.
Search the rest of the Ecoalf site and, whilst some products contain animal products, you’ll find that almost everything is made with recycled materials. These guys show that quality and recycled materials really can go hand in hand.