The World’s Most Eco-Friendly Shoes Are Vegan, Too! Discover Them All

How our everyday actions affect planet Earth has never been a hotter topic. Just like eating vegan is vital, wearing vegan is a must. And finding cute, comfy vegan shoes has never been easier—so there’s no excuse to continue wearing shoes made of skin torn from smart, social, sensitive animals such as cows. But why not take things to the next level? Up your vegan footwear game with recycled water bottles, soles made from corn, and even plant-based materials.

Shop these brands to find yourself a pair (or two) of animal- and eco-friendly shoes:


The animal- and eco-friendly shoe game is so lit that big brands such as Reebok are getting in on it. The athletic company debuted a Cotton + Corn initiative earlier this year, which features footwear with soles made from corn and uppers made from organic cotton. The shoes are sustainable and leather-free. We were so impressed that we presented the company with an Innovator for Animals Award.

Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat stands for mat(t)erial + nature. The company strives to use only materials that don’t harm the environment, including no animal products and many recycled plastic bottles. Cork and rubber are also prominently used. But Matt & Nat doesn’t stop at its designs—the brand’s headquarters in Montréal, Canada, is a cruelty-free zone.

Brave GentleMan

The world’s first all-vegan luxury menswear store, Brave GentleMan adopted a slow-fashion production model. Its belief that animals don’t belong in a production system makes it one of our favorite ethical brands. Its footwear is made using Italian future-leather—a sturdy, flexible, weather-resistant, hi-tech polyurethane microfiber that is EU Ecolabel–certified.

Native Shoes

The people behind Native Shoes respect their human and nonhuman friends equally, which is why the brand has been vegan from day one. It also offers a program called The Remix Project, which encourages customers to mail in their well-loved Native Shoes so that they can be reground and used to create seating, playground flooring, insulation, and other products.

SUSI Studio

Canvas, denim, hemp, and faux leather produced from recycled plastic bottles—that’s what goes into SUSI Studio’s mindful production.

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Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather

The guys over at Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather are truly good. The brand already uses sustainable vegan materials, and its goal is to be 100% recyclable by 2021. For the fall and winter 2020 collection, expect to see vegan leather made from apple skin, among other innovations.

Sydney Brown

The good folks over at luxury vegan shoe company Sydney Brown value three things: humans, animals, and the environment. They help protect the latter by using recycled and sustainable materials and aiming to improve their eco-friendly practices with each new season, like with the new Rice Rave Sneaker, constructed from rice husks.


Minimum impact on the planet—that’s Vivobarefoot’s objective. The company makes many of its shoes by repurposing plastic waste. The Primus Lite II Bio performance shoe is even made with more than 30% natural plant-based materials.

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The shoe that took one small step for a healthier planet, and a giant leap towards sustainable shoe making is now back in stock in the UK and USA (and on Friday 5th for EU). ⠀ Our philosophy is simple, minimal shoes offer you less process and materials meaning you benefit from maximum connection between your feet and the ground. Less process equals less impact on the environment too. ⠀ We’ve managed to make a shoe that is 30% plant materials whilst keeping all of our barefoot principals intact and it’s also a big step towards our goal of being 100% sustainable by 2021. ⠀ The Primus Lite Bio – Be a part of our sustainable shoe movement and get maximum feeling with minimal shoe. ⠀ #Livebarefoot #Vivobarefoot #BarefootShoes #PrimusBio #SustainableFashion #BarefootMovement

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In addition to being “PETA-Approved Vegan,” Olsenhaus uses upcycled and recycled materials, is sweatshop-free, and adheres to slow-fashion production practices. Materials used by the company include linen, cotton, canvas, bamboo, hemp, cork, and wood—never animal skins.

Beyond Skin

This luxury vegan shoe brand uses recycled and cotton-backed polyurethane (PU), rather than polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or animal skins. Beyond Skin’s shoes also feature insoles made from approximately 70% post-consumer cardboard and soles made of recycled rubber resin.


San Francisco–based Rothy’s offers shoes made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles and post-consumer recycled materials. The company has repurposed more than 30 million plastic bottles destined for landfills into cute, comfy flats.

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Bourgeois Boheme

Vegan footwear brand Bourgeois Boheme wants customers to wear their shoes with pride. That’s why it uses progressive materials like leather alternatives, including non-PVC PU microfiber.

Insecta Shoes

The folks over at Insecta Shoes use upcycled materials, recycled plastic bottles, and recycled cotton—materials already at its disposal—so that its footwear isn’t just stylish but also sustainable.

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🧡 You asked, so the Butia Oxfords are back in stock, for a limited time only. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ ♻ Our Oxfords are designed with ultra comfort in mind, and a sustainable ethos: they’re made with recycled plastic bottles and recycled rubber! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 📦 Shipping is free to Canada and the US!⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ 🤔 What other prints would you like to see at Insecta? ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #closedloop #consciousfashion #consciousliving #ecochic #ecofashion #ethicalfashion #ethicallymade #ethicalstyle #fairtrade #fairtradefashion #fashionrevolution #govegan #greenfashion #ilovemyvegangear #insectashoes #inspiredbyfashion #instastyle #lifestyle #plantbased #slowfashion #slowfashionmovement #stepintoacause #sustainabledesign #whomademyclothes #zerowaste #veganshoes #veganshoeshare

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Vegan footwear brand ROMBAUT is noted for its lack of toxicity and innovative use of materials such as stone, tree bark, natural rubber, cotton cellulose, and coconut fiber.

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Spring Summer 19 #Rombaut

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Organic cotton, recycled airbags, pineapple leaf fibers, and cork—these are materials used by Portuguese vegan footwear brand nae. What you won’t find is animal exploitation—the human or nonhuman kind. Plus, the company is a PETA Business Friend, which means that supporting it also supports our vital work to stop animal abuse and suffering.


Stacey Chang founded VEERAH—another PETA Business Friend—to make kind, sustainably produced shoes the norm, not the exception. Not only are VEERAH shoes made from cruelty-free, environmentally friendly materials, Chang also offers 10 paid hours per month to VEERAH employees to volunteer for various worthy causes.


The future of fashion is sustainable, ethical, and vegan, and this abundance of animal- and eco-friendly shoe options proves it. Check out our “How to Wear Vegan” guide to learn more about dressing compassionately:

Here’s How Easy It Is to Wear Vegan

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