Hiking paths? Running trails? Scaling mountains? Ensure that your climbing boots, trail runners, or kicks are high tech, well supported, and animal-free. Finding vegan boots is easier than ever, thanks to tons of new vegan companies and online retailers such as REI and Zappos, which offer vegan shoe search filters.
The following are our vegan and synthetic picks for anywhere you hike:
Note: Materials and their derivations may vary by region, so we recommend checking with the company before making a purchase, as production practices could change.
XPETI offers a selection of affordable hiking boots and shoes that are waterproof, durable, and vegan.
Merrell’s versatile vegan shoes are built for both short trail sprints and long leisurely hikes.
Made from breathable mesh and flexible rubber, the vegan SG and FG Hiker boots from Vivobarefoot are made to last.
This entirely vegan shoe company wins again with a wide variety of tough boots that can give you a leg up on all kinds of terrain.
Native Shoes features a selection of boots made from light synthetic materials that won’t weigh you down during a hike but are sturdy enough to withstand the toughest trail.
This 100 percent vegan brand offers boots with an excellent combination of style and substance.
This vegan brand will prepare you for wherever your hike takes you, with shoes such as these in its waterproof Hydroventure line:
Altra offers boots ready for mountain hiking with patented TrailClaw soles built for steep climbs and descents.
Famous for its runners and tennis shoes, Adidas also offers a range of synthetic hiking shoes, such as those in the Terrex, AX2, and Vigor lines.
*Note: These companies cannot guarantee that the glue used in their shoes is vegan. We’ve opted to include them because their products are widely available. The more popular these otherwise animal-friendly shoes are, the more vegan options will be made available in the future.
Looking to freshen up the rest of your shoe collection with some new vegan pairs? Look no further than our lists:
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