Sustainable Shoes for All Your Needs

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Footwear is difficult when it comes to sustainability since there are so many different materials and components needed to make shoes. While, like with anything, there are no “perfect” sustainable shoes there are some brands working to improve the industry and worth supporting!

For this roundup I compiled footwear brands who take a more conscious approach but with different areas of focus – there are vegan options, leather options, completely natural and plastic-free shoes, as well as brands using everything from innovative techniques and materials like pinatex, apple leather, and 3D knit recycled plastics, to traditional artisan techniques and materials like vegetable-tanned leather, handwoven grasses, and block-printed cotton. Some brands also have a stronger focus on ethical manufacturing, supporting communities, and artisan partnerships. Ultimately though I hope there is something to fit everyone’s style and values!

Like with all my brand roundups there are North American, European, and some Australian options – plus this one also has more international brands!

Quick-Reference Symbols

🐰 – Vegan
πŸ„ – Leather
🌿 – Natural Materials
♻️ – Recycled Materials
🀝 – Fair Trade Certified Materials and/or Production
πŸ’š – A brand I personally own

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(please note: some affiliate links are used in this roundup)

Sneakers & Runners

Ahimsa – 🐰 Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers. Based in Brazil, ships international.

AKS – 🐰🌿🀝 Hand-embroidered, organic cotton, hi and lo cut sneakers with natural rubber soles. Based in USA, ships within USA.

Allbirds – πŸŒΏπŸ’š Natural everyday sneakers (and one of only a few brands who makes running shoes – their “Dashers”) made from wool and/or Tencel with bio-based and recycled components. Stores in USA, Canada, UK, EU, NZ, Australia, China, and Japan.

Ethletic – 🐰🌿🀝 Vegan brand making everyday sneakers, trainers, and “Converse-style” shoes from fair trade certified organic cotton and natural rubber. Based in Germany, ships within EU, UK, and to USA.

Etiko – 🌿🀝 (right) Vegan sneakers made from organic cotton and natural rubber. Based in Australia, ships international.

Lunge – πŸ°β™»οΈ Vegan running and walking shoes made in Germany with some recycled materials. Based in Germany, ships within Europe.

Nae – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ’š Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers, recycled and/or natural materials like cork, pinatex, and organic cotton. Based in Portugal, ships international.

Po-Zu – πŸ°πŸ„πŸŒΏπŸ€ Everyday sneakers and hi-tops made from a variety of natural materials including linen, pinatex, organic cotton, cork, wool, and fair trade natural rubber, as well as some chrome-free leather and vegan leather options. They also have a Star Wars collaboration! Based in UK, ships international.

Rothy’s – ♻️ 3D knit shoes made from recycled water bottles and ocean plastic. Shoes styles also contain vegan leather, leather, wool, and/or bio-based components. Based in USA, ships international.

SoleRebels – πŸŒΏβ™»οΈ Casual shoes made from hand loomed fabrics, mainly cotton and natural materials used with recycled tire soles. Some leather components and vegan options. Based in Ethiopia, ships international (many countries duty free).

Thousand Fell – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈ White sneakers and slip-ons made from innovative sustainable materials and designed for closed-loop circularity with a recycling program. Based in USA, ships to US & Canada.

Veja – πŸ°πŸ„β™»οΈ Sneakers and runners in both leather and vegan leather, as well as some cotton canvas and recycled plastic options. Based in France, ships international.
🚩 Note: My husband used to own a pair and we were unfortunately not happy with the quality, but I know others who have had good experiences with Veja.

Wildling – 🐰🌿 Barefoot shoes made from a variety of materials, many sustainable and natural, and with some vegan options. Based in Germany, ships international.

Will’s Vegan – 🐰 Sneakers and walking/hiking shoes made in Europe from mainly bio-oil derived vegan leather. Based in UK, ships international.

Womsh – πŸ°πŸ„ Sneakers made in Italy from either heavy-metal-free leather or vegan “apple leather” with some recycled components. Based in Italy, ships international.

My Allbirds Tree Dashers – they are super comfy!


Boots

Ahimsa – 🐰 Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers. Based in Brazil, ships international.

Alice + Whittles – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ€πŸ’š Plastic-free rain boots and hiking/walking boots primarily made from fair trade natural rubber. Based in USA, ships international to select countries.

BHAVA – 🐰 (right) Stylish vegan leather shoes with natural components/accents like wooden heels and some interchangeable designs. They also have actual winter boots! Based in USA, ships international.

Christy Dawn – πŸ„β™»οΈ Lace-up boots made in LA from upcycled leather. Based in USA, ships international.

Fortress of Inca – πŸ„ Leather shoes made by artisans in Peru. Based in USA, ships international.

Nae – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ’š Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers, recycled and/or natural materials like cork, pinatex, and organic cotton. Based in Portugal, ships international.

Nisolo – πŸ„ Leather shoes. While Nisolo doesn’t have a strong sustainability focus they are very transparent about their wages and manufacturing. Based in USA, ships only within USA.

Swedish Hasbeens – πŸ„πŸŒΏ Platform and heeled boots made from vegetable-tanned leather with carved wooden or natural rubber soles. Made by artisans in Europe. Based in Sweden, ships international.

The Root Collective – πŸ„ Boots made from leather and handwoven fabrics made by artisans in Guatemala. Based in USA, ships international.

Will’s Vegan – 🐰 Casual, heeled, insulated, and hiking boots made in Europe from mainly bio-oil derived vegan leather. Based in UK, ships international.

Alice + Whittles natural rubber ankle rain boots in mustard
My Alice + Whittles boots have held up great in the rainy weather!


Flats

Ahimsa – 🐰 Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers. Based in Brazil, ships international.

Allbirds – πŸŒΏπŸ’š Knit ballet flat and slip on styles made from wool and/or Tencel with bio-based and recycled components. Stores in USA, Canada, UK, EU, NZ, Australia, China, and Japan.

BHAVA – 🐰 Stylish vegan leather shoes with natural components/accents like wooden heels and some interchangeable designs. Based in USA, ships international.

CANO – πŸ„ Shoes handwoven and handcrafted by Mexican artisans from vegetable-tanned leather, with natural rubber and upcycled tire soles. Based in Germany, ships international, or shop from the US here.

Darzah – πŸ„πŸ€ (right) Leather sandals, slides, and flats hand-embroidered by women artisans in Palestine, Darzah is a non-profit and is fair trade certified. Based in USA, ships international.

Fortress of Inca – πŸ„ Leather shoes made by artisans in Peru. Based in USA, ships international.

Funky Kalakar – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈ Vegan artisan brand with a circularity model using vegan leather, cotton and recycled materials. Based in India, ships international.

Nae – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ’š Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers, recycled and/or natural materials like cork, pinatex, and organic cotton. Based in Portugal, ships international.

Rothy’s – ♻️ (right) 3D knit shoes made from recycled water bottles and ocean plastic. Shoe styles also contain vegan leather, leather, wool, and/or bio-based components. Based in USA, ships international.

SoleRebels – πŸŒΏβ™»οΈ Casual shoes made from hand loomed fabrics, mainly cotton and natural materials used with recycled tire soles. Some leather and vegan options. Based in Ethiopia, ships international (many countries duty free).

The Root Collective – πŸ„ Flats made from leather and handwoven fabrics made by artisans in Guatemala. Based in USA, ships international.

Veerah – πŸ°πŸ’š Dressy flats made from vegan “apple leather” and a combination of bio-based, natural, and recycled materials. Their designs have interchangeable accessories for different looks. Based in USA, ships international.

Will’s Vegan – 🐰 Casual and dressy flats made in Europe from mainly bio-oil derived vegan leather. Based in UK, ships international.


Heels

Ahimsa – 🐰 Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers. Based in Brazil, ships international.

BHAVA – 🐰 Stylish vegan leather shoes with natural components/accents like wooden heels and some interchangeable designs. Based in USA, ships international.

Brother Vellies – πŸ„ Heels made from vegetable tanned leather with some sustainable components like recycled tire soles by artisans around the globe. Based in USA, ships international.

Jo-Anne Vernay – 🐰🌿 Vegan heels made in Italy from Pinatex, wood, and cotton. Based in USA, ships within USA.

Nae – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ’š Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers, recycled and/or natural materials like cork, pinatex, and organic cotton. Based in Portugal, ships international.

Veerah – πŸ°πŸ’š Various heel styles and heights made from vegan “apple leather” and a combination of bio-based, natural, and recycled materials. Their designs have interchangeable accessories for different looks. Based in USA, ships international.

Will’s Vegan – 🐰 Classic pumps made in Europe from mainly bio-oil derived vegan leather. Based in UK, ships international.

Veerah heels with some of their detachable accessories


Sandals

Ahimsa – 🐰 Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers. Based in Brazil, ships international.

BHAVA – 🐰 Stylish vegan leather shoes with natural components/accents like wooden heels and some interchangeable designs. Based in USA, ships international.

Brave Soles – πŸ„β™»οΈ Sandals and slides made by artisans in the Dominican Republic from leather and recycled tires. Based in Canada, ships international.

Brother Vellies – πŸ„ Heels made from vegetable tanned leather with some sustainable components like recycled tire soles by artisans around the globe. Based in USA, ships international.

CANO – πŸ„ (right) Shoes handwoven and handcrafted by Mexican artisans from vegetable-tanned leather, with natural rubber and upcycled tire soles. Based in Germany, ships international, or shop from the US here.

Christy Dawn – πŸ„β™»οΈ Sandals made in LA from upcycled leather. Based in USA, ships international.

Darzah – πŸ„πŸ€ Leather sandals, slides, and flats hand-embroidered by women artisans in Palestine, Darzah is a non-profit and is fair trade certified. Based in USA, ships international.

Deux Mains – πŸ„β™»οΈ Leather sandals and slides with recycled tire soles made by artisans in Haiti. Based in USA, ships international.

Etiko – 🌿🀝 Vegan thongs/flip flops made from organic cotton and natural rubber. Based in Australia, ships international.

Fortress of Inca – πŸ„ Leather shoes made by artisans in Peru. Based in USA, ships international.

Indosole – πŸ°β™»οΈ Flip flops and slides made with natural rubber and recycled tire soles. Based in USA, ships international.

Nae – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ’š (right) Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers, recycled and/or natural materials like cork, pinatex, and organic cotton. Based in Portugal, ships international.

Nisolo – πŸ„ Leather sandals. While Nisolo doesn’t have a strong sustainability focus they are very transparent about their wages and manufacturing. Based in USA, ships only within USA.

Proud Mary – πŸ„πŸŒΏ Sandals and slides handmade by Moroccan artisans from raffia (a type of grass) with leather soles. Based in USA, ships international to select countries.

Rothy’s – ♻️ 3D knit shoes made from recycled water bottles and ocean plastic. Shoe styles also contain vegan leather, leather, wool, and/or bio-based components. Based in USA, ships international.

Swedish Hasbeens – πŸ„πŸŒΏ Platform and heeled sandals and clogs made from vegetable-tanned leather with carved wooden soles. Made by artisans in Europe. Based in Sweden, ships international.

I wear my Nae cork sandals almost every day during the summer!


Unisex & Men’s Shoes

Ahimsa – 🐰 (right) Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers. Based in Brazil, ships international.

AKS – 🐰🌿🀝 Hand-embroidered, organic cotton, hi and lo cut sneakers with natural rubber soles. Based in USA, ships within USA.

Allbirds – πŸŒΏπŸ’š Natural knit everyday shoes, sneakers, and running shoes (“Dashers”) made from wool and/or Tencel with bio-based and recycled components. Stores in USA, Canada, UK, EU, NZ, Australia, China, and Japan.

CANO – πŸ„ Shoes handwoven and handcrafted by Mexican artisans from vegetable-tanned leather, with natural rubber and upcycled tire soles. Based in Germany, ships international, or shop from the US here.

Ethletic – 🐰🌿🀝 Everyday sneakers, trainers, and “Converse-style” shoes made from fair trade certified organic cotton and natural rubber. Based in Germany, ships within EU, UK, and to USA

Etiko – 🌿🀝 Vegan sneakers and sandals made from organic cotton and natural rubber. Based in Australia, ships international.

Funky Kalakar – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈ Vegan artisan brand with a circularity model using vegan leather, cotton and recycled materials. Based in India, ships international.

Indosole – πŸ°β™»οΈ Flip flops and slides made with natural rubber and recycled tire soles. Based in USA, ships international.

Lunge – πŸ°β™»οΈ Vegan running and walking shoes made in Germany with some recycled materials. Based in Germany, ships within Europe.

Nae – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈπŸ’š Large variety of vegan shoes made from PU leathers, recycled and/or natural materials like cork, pinatex, and organic cotton. Based in Portugal, ships international.

Nisolo – πŸ„ Leather sneakers, slip-ons, and boots. While Nisolo doesn’t have a strong sustainability focus they are very transparent about their wages and manufacturing. Based in USA, ships only within USA.

Po-Zu – πŸ°πŸ„πŸŒΏπŸ€ (right) Everyday sneakers and hi-tops made from a variety of natural materials including linen, pinatex, organic cotton, cork, wool, and fair trade natural rubber, as well as some chrome-free leather and vegan leather options. They also have a Star Wars collaboration! Based in UK, ships international.

SoleRebels – πŸŒΏβ™»οΈ Casual shoes made from hand loomed fabrics, mainly cotton and natural materials used with recycled tire soles. Some leather and vegan options. Based in Ethiopia, ships international (many countries duty free).

Thousand Fell – πŸ°πŸŒΏβ™»οΈ White sneakers and slip-ons made from innovative sustainable materials and designed for closed-loop circularity with a recycling program. Based in USA, ships to US & Canada.

Veja – πŸ°πŸ„β™»οΈ Sneakers and runners in both leather and vegan leather, as well as some cotton canvas and recycled plastic options. Based in France, ships international.
🚩 Note: My husband used to own a pair and we were unfortunately not happy with the quality, but I know others who have had good experiences with Veja.

Wildling – 🐰🌿 Barefoot shoes made from a variety of materials, many sustainable and natural, and with some vegan options. Based in Germany, ships international.

Will’s Vegan – 🐰 Casual and dress shoes made in Europe from mainly bio-oil derived vegan leather. Based in UK, ships international.

Womsh – πŸ°πŸ„ Sneakers made in Italy from either heavy-metal-free leather or vegan “apple leather” with some recycled components. Based in Italy, ships international.

Men’s shoes from Nisolo


Children’s Shoes

Etiko – 🌿🀝 Vegan sneakers made from organic cotton and natural rubber. Based in Australia, ships international.

Indosole – πŸ°β™»οΈ Flip flops and slides made with natural rubber and recycled tire soles. Based in USA, ships international.

Nooks Design – πŸ„πŸŒΏπŸ€ (right) Baby/toddler boots and shoes made from wool and leather in a Fair Trade Certified factory in Nepal. Based in Canada, ships international.

Rothy’s – ♻️ 3D knit shoes made from recycled water bottles and ocean plastic. Shoe styles also contain vegan leather, leather, wool, and/or bio-based components. Based in USA, ships international.

Soft Soul – 🐰🌿 Baby/toddler slippers made in Canada from cork and vegan sustainable materials. Based in Canada, ships international.

Veja – πŸ°πŸ„β™»οΈ Sneakers and runners in both leather and vegan leather, as well as some cotton canvas and recycled plastic options. Based in France, ships international.
🚩 Note: My husband used to own a pair and we were unfortunately not happy with the quality, but I know others who have had good experiences with Veja.

Wildling – 🐰🌿 Barefoot shoes made from a variety of materials, many sustainable and natural, and with some vegan options. Based in Germany, ships international.


Online Stores with Multiple Shoe Brands

Avesu – Vegan shoe store with a large selection of vegan brands. Based in Germany, ships international to select countries.

DoneGood – A curated ethical and sustainable marketplace with many of the shoe brands listed and more! Based in USA, ships from many locations.

Made Trade – Large selection of artisan, fairly-made shoes. Most made from leather. Based in the USA, ships international.

Ocelot Market – Variety of artisan made shoe styles, most from leather. Artisan marketplace which ships from many locations.




Are there shoe brands I missed? Please share them in the comments!

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2 Responses

  1. Anastasia
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    Hi, Verena, what an impressive list! Thank you for that, it’s very helpful. I just wondering about Italian brand Noah-shoes.com, I didn’t notice it in this list of brands. Just curious πŸ˜‰ hubby had a pair of shoes from them, good-looking but a bit heavy

  2. Laurel Tincher
    | Reply

    Great article– I love your picture guide. I love Allbirds as well πŸ™‚
    Two that you missed but I really like are Waes and Good News.

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