Whether you’re looking for hiking boots for a trek into the woods or for fashion boots to wear downtown, it may appear challenging to find leather-free options. But once you get familiar with vegan-friendly shoe companies and learn what materials to watch out for, finding cruelty-free boots becomes a cinch.
When you begin your search for the perfect pair of boots, you’ll want to consider two things: the material and the glue. The material is the most significant, and luckily shoe labels make it easy to distinguish between animal materials and vegan materials. You should assume that boots are made from leather, suede, or other animal fabrics unless the label says “All Man-Made Materials” or “100% Synthetic.” Then you’re in the clear! Just be careful—some shoes have a synthetic outer but a leather sole or a wooly interior.
Next, consider the glue (the composition of which is almost never mentioned on shoe labels.) This is one of those “how vegan are you?” questions, because it can be exceedingly difficult to determine whether the glue that binds shoes together is vegan or made using trace animal ingredients. Many vegans decide not to worry about such minuscule details (see our Level 5 Vegan page if you feel conflicted about this), while others commit to buying only vegan-certified footwear.
One day it will be practical to find reasonably priced shoes and boots made with certified vegan glue. Until then, we are including two lists—the first with 100% vegan shoes and boots, and the second with retailers that carry footwear made without leather or wool—but could potentially contain trace animal ingredients in the glue.
100% Vegan Shoe Companies & Shops:
- Alternative Outfitters
- Beyond Skin
- Blowfish Shoes
- Bourgeois Boheme
- Brave Gentleman
- Cri De Coeur
- Elizabeth’s Kind Cafe
- Form & Fauna
- Noah: Italian Vegan Shoes
- Zoe & Zac
- Vegetarian Shoes
- Wills Vegan Shoes
Big Retailers That Carry Man-Made Boots:
- Amazon.com (Vegan Boots search)
- Dr. Martens
- Old Navy
- Steve Madden (Madden Girl)
We wish you the best of luck in finding the perfect cruelty-free boots this season!
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