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Sustainability In Every Step!

If you didn’t know, there’s a problem in the fashion industry and its called fast fashion. From unethical practices to millions of pounds of trash being dumped into landfills daily, to creating more and more waste in the production process, to polluting the air with C02, something has to change!

While many apparel companies have jumped on the slow, sustainable fashion, the shoe industry has been a little slower to conform. That’s why it’s SO important to support these brands that are making sustainable and vegan shoes that are changing the world as we know it.

These brands have taken more than a few steps in the right direction. And that’s all it takes, a few steps for a lot of people, and suddenly massive change is on the horizon. Looking to reduce your carbon footprint but don’t know where to start ? Read on if you wear shoes!

Sustainable Men's Shoes | The Complete List

1. Saola Shoes

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Price Range:

$40 – $100

Sustainable Materials:

PET, Organic Cotton, Hemp, Cork, Algae Foam

Saola created these shoes with three intentions. Make them comfortable, casual, and with as many recycled materials as possible. Why is this so important? Well, every year, about 25,000 pairs of shoes are made, and almost none are made sustainably and ethically. Saola is creating the change they want to see! One style worth sharing is one of their newest styles. It is a sneaker boot, and it’s something special! The Baikal shoe is super light and super versatile. It comes in chocolate and grey. They are also multipurpose! They look great for out to dinner, or even a hike!

2. Cariuma

Cariuma - knits

Price Range:

$68 – $180

Sustainable Materials:

Self Regenerated Bamboo and Recycled Plastic, Cork, Green Eva from Sugarcane

Cariuma shoes are made entirely from the earth and are lighter than air! The mineral blue knit is one of the most popular styles for a good reason. They are 100% vegan, stylish, and machine washable! The best part is that they’ve made production and shipping carbon neutral! So you can feel good about the shoes on your feet! One style worth noting is the knits. They come in so many colors, and they give purpose to every step.

3. Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat - Chelsea boot

Price Range:

$80 – $200

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Nylons, Cardboard, Rubber and Cork

Mat & Nat stands for Materials & Nature because that’s what this brand was founded on. This vegan brand is a huge role model for all sustainable companies. Not only are they cruelty-free, but they are also a great brand that hosts vegetarian potlucks for their employees, encourage upcycling, and volunteer often. On to the shoes, they also do that really well! Our favorite shoe of theirs is the Hail Chelsea boot. Made of Faux Suede and a rubber outsole. They pair well with jeans or slacks & match just about anything!

4. Fair

Fair - walker boots

Price Range:

$150 – $200

Sustainable Materials:

Chemical Free Italian microfiber, Faux Fur, Rubber

The name says it all. These vegan shoes are made in Portugal and are completely animal and cruelty-free. To add, all the workers in the Portugal factory are treated ethically, and sustainable materials are used throughout the whole process. Fair makes great dress shoes as well as casual and working boots. One of our favorite boots they make is the Walker boot. The grey and brown multitone outer ensure they match, well, just about everything! These boots are great for fall & winter and pair great with jeans or straight pants.

5. Native Shoes

Native Shoes - spencer lx slides

Price Range:

$25-$100

Sustainable Materials:

EVA, Ultralite Rubber

Native makes some awesome sandals, slip-ons, and boots. By 2023, every pair of Native Shoes will be 100% life cycle managed via their initiative called “the Remix Project.” The Spencer LX slides are the perfect slides for any mail run, grocery run, or Xbox date with your high school best friend.

6. Nothing New

Nothing New - low tops

Price Range:

$95

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled plastic, Recycled Fish Nets, Recycled Cotton

Sustainable products and sustainable practices are non-negotiable for Nothing New. And as the name suggests, they make their products from all recycled materials. Their uppers and laces are made of 100% recycled plastic. The Men’s Low Top is our favorite. They have that classic sneaker look, multiple colors to choose from, and each pair of shoes saves 5.6 plastic water bottles and roughly 160 gallons of water!

7. Nae Vegan Shoes

Nae - peta desert boots

Price Range:

$95

Sustainable Materials:

Pinatex, Organic Cotton, Cork, Vegan Leather, Recycled PET

Nae makes shoes, sneakers, sandals, and boots. The name “Nae” stands for No Animal Exploitation. This Portuguese vegan footwear brand uses ethical and sustainable practices throughout their supply chain. One of their most unique shoes is their Peta Desert Boots. This stylish boot vs. shoe collab is guaranteed to turn heads, no matter where you’re walking!

8. Brave Gentleman

Brave Gentleman - weekend hightop

Price Range:

$95

Sustainable Materials:

Future Wool, Future Leather, Future Silk, Organic Cotton, Corzo

Paper MAG said BGM has “just about everything a mindful fashionista could want,” and we couldn’t agree more! Brave Gentlemen has always done big things! They were the FIRST vegan lifestyle menswear brand in the world! They make everything, but let’s focus on the footwear. Their Weekend Sneaker High-Top is our favorite sneaker boot crossover we’ve found. For the minimalist man will find these super convenient because they go great with jeans, slacks, pants, and most likely any other bottoms you own!

8. Veja Shoes

Veja - V-10 White Nautico Pekin

Price Range:

$100 – $150

Sustainable Materials:

Organic Cotton, Wild Rubber from the Amazon, Vegetable-Tanned Leather and Recycled Plastic Bottles.

Okay, you’ve probably seen Veja Shoes in just about all our blog posts, but can you blame us? Veja shoes don’t just look good; they look REALLY good. These fashion sneaks are competing with some of the biggest sneaker companies in the game! Veja has a full vegan shoes line, but all of their shoes are made with as much sustainable materials as possible! We love the V-10 White Nautico Pekin. A solid white shoe with a bit of red and blue accent colors that hit just right!

10. Po-Zu

Po-Zu - Sneak V

Price Range:

$75 – $150

Sustainable Materials:

Linen, Pinatex, Organic Cotton, Wool, Cork, Chrome-Free Leather, Coir, Natural Latex

Hey Star Wars lovers, this brand has an entire Star Wars collection! This collection features shoes and boots inspired by the Star Wars saga’s iconic characters, Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. If you’re not into Star Wars, Po-Zu also creates some aesthetically pleasing vegan shoes. You have to check out their awesome sneakers and boots. One of our favorites is the Sneak V. Awesome for a casual outing or day-to-day. You’ll look stylish, every step you take!

11. Greats

Greats

Price Range:

$80 – $200

Sustainable Materials:

Plastic Water Bottles

A Brooklyn born company committed to sustainable shoes. These shoes are handmade from start to finish. Greats Shoes are made with love. It taking several days to craft one pair of shoes. Greats create stylish low-top and hightop sneakers. There are multiple colorways for all styles. Our favorite style is the Royal Knit collection. They are durable, sleek, and save seven plastic water bottles in the making!

12. Vivobarefoot

Vivobarefoot - primus

Price Range:

$100 – $180

Sustainable Materials:

Recycled Plastic Bottles, Algae, Susterra Propanediol

Vivobarefoot creates shoes for the most natural foot, the barefoot. At first, they got pushback that their shoes were too thin, too wide. They followed the feet, not the rules, and ultimately created a really awesome running shoe that puts sustainability and feet first. We love the Primus Trail FG Men’s. It’s an offroad sneaker that allows you to have that offroad feel with a barefoot sensation.

13. Flamingo Life

Flamingo life - roland v2

Price Range:

$100 – $200

Sustainable Materials:

Natural Rubber, Organic Cotton, Plastic Water Bottles

Flamingo Life gets it. The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry on the planet and their here to combat that by helping you reduce your carbon footprint. They create shoe collections that directly impact a certain environmental problem. The two main problems they are combatting are reforestation and cleaning our oceans. For every pair sold from the Rancho collection, they plant 5 trees. You also recycled 2 plastic water bottles from the ocean every time you buy a shoe from the Roland V.2 collection. Thus far, they have planted 121,128 trees, and recycled 17,779 plastic bottles. Our favorite shoe is the Roland V.2 Tricolor Ivory. They are casual sneakers with a neutral color tone. They pair well with chinos, corduroy pants, joggers, and jeans.

14. Hey Dude

Hey Dude - wally canvas slip on

Price Range:

$40 – $100

Sustainable Materials:

PET, Bamboo, Cork, Coconut Oil, Repurposed Farm Flexwood

Hey Dude was founded by two men, Wally and Vinci in Italy. Soon, it became a worldwide sustainable shoe brand built on affordability, comfort, and style. This innovative company created it all from slip-ons, boots, sandals, water shoes, and more! The best part is they are all sold at an affordable price point. One of our favorites shoes is the Jax Sandal. It provides maximum comfort with the oversized sole and memory foam. Great for the beach, the grocery store, or to a casual dinner. Another one of our favorite shoes is the Wally Canvas slip-on. These slip-ons are so comfortable; they are often described as “walking on clouds.” They are flexible and breathable, with a removable insole to support comfort and reduce odors.

15. Ahimsa

Ahimsa Jeffrey Boot

Price Range:

$100 – $200

Sustainable Materials:

Nylon, Vegan Leather, Natural Cork, Rubber

Ahimsa means “not to injure” in Sanskrit, which is the language of yoga. Ahimsa lives by this philosophy. They have no interest and harming animals or the world in the making of their shoes. They are so passionate about this philosophy, they went as far as to open their own factory. This factory still remains the only vegan factory in the entire world! They strive for truth, transparency, and love in everything they do, and we think they’re doing a pretty great job! Ahimsa makes loafers, boots, slip-ons, casual shoes and more! One of our favorite shoes that Ahimsa has made is the Jeffrey boot. They were inspired by hiking boots but made for more casual occasions. They pair well with jeans and tapered pants. You will leave you looking sharp every step of the way, we promise.

16. We are Dopekicks

Dopekicks

Price Range:

$120

Sustainable Materials:

Cannabis Hemp Fibers, Recycled Shoes, Natural Cork

Hemp is also known as the sober cousin of marijuana and is also really freaking strong. So strong, they decided to make a shoe out of it! From top to bottom, Dopekicks makes 100% vegan shoes! The best part is they have invented the first ever waterproof hemp. These kicks have adventure written all over them. According to the reviews, they fit like a glove, are really really comfortable, and super durable. One of the most innovative things that Dopekicks does is take old shoe soles and recycled them by breaking them down and recreating new soles for their own shoes. We hear a lot about recycled materials being used, but using old shoes to make new shoes, is indeed, pretty dope. Each shoe sold saves about 100g of an old shoe, 72% less CO2 than the average shoe, and 70% less water.

17. Ekn

Ekn - larch sneaker

Price Range:

$150 – $300

Sustainable Materials:

Bio Cotton, Vegetable Tanned Calfskin Leather, Vegan Suede, Organic Cotton

The Ekn founder was looking for shoes that were not harmful to the earth and to the people involved in making them. When he couldn’t find them, he decided to make his own. Alas, Ekin was birthed. Ekin shoes are handcrafted in Portugal with sustainable and organic materials. There are no harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process. Style is definitely not sacrificed in the making of Ekn shoes. Our favorite style is the Larch Sneaker. These handmade shoes have a retro-future look that will keep heads turning with every step. If you prefer vegan shoes, you can get them made vegan too!

Stepping out of your comfort zone is never easy. All these brands are carving the path to the future. One step a time, we can make the world a greener place.

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Kristen Such

Kristen Such

Passionate about living consciously and inspiring others to do so in the process.

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