Roller rinks and beach boardwalks aren’t the only places where you’re bound to see roller skaters these days. While the COVID-19 pandemic limits indoor recreational activities, more people are looking to find fun in the sun. Luckily, you don’t have to look too far to find a roller skate made with animals in mind. Whether you’re a recreational or competitive skater, many vegan roller skates will suit your needs. Various brands make “accidentally vegan” skates out of flexible faux-leather options, but many also make ones specifically tailored to people looking for a vegan skate. By choosing a leather-free skate, you help save cows, pigs, kangaroos, and other animals who are commonly killed for their skin.
These are just a few great options if you’re looking for vegan roller skates:
Impala’s “PETA-Approved Vegan” skates, made from high-quality vegan leather, come in a variety of bright colors and cute patterns. (Tip: Keep an eye on Impala’s Instagram for the scoop on new restocks.)
If speed is more your thing, you’ll love these inline skates.
These vegan roller skates by Moxi come in five bright colors that will make you feel like you’re gliding along Venice Beach.
For a high-performance option, Moxi makes the customizable Vegan Jack skate with Clarino microfiber leather, which is softer and stronger than leather made from animals. Innovative vegan leather materials like Clarino are better for the environment than conventional leather and outperform it.
Glittery pink, blue, black, or gold boots will help you make a statement on the streets.
Don’t forget the kids! Sure-Grip makes these fun sparkly pink skates, perfect for true beginners.
These skates from U.K. brand Rookie come in two bubblegum-inspired pastel colors: blue with purple accents and pink with blue accents.
These beginner skates are affordable, come in four cute colors, and are made of a lightweight vegan leather that makes it easy to learn the ropes.
All C7 skates are made with vegan leather, so check out the Premium collection, too, if you’re looking for a bright boot with some added support.
Riedell offers a variety of vegan roller skates, ranging from beginner to professional. The Riedell Citizen is a great beginner boot, available in either black or white.
Make a statement in these flashy sneaker-style skates, which feature LED lights on the wheels.
Animals used in the leather industry are often abused and subjected to horrific conditions before being killed. Their lives are cut short, when they should be free to live without fear for years longer. Leather not only hurts animals, it’s also hazardous to the people who work in the industry or live near tanneries. Plus, it’s a massive source of greenhouse-gas emissions and water pollution. There’s no reason to support this toxic industry—make sure your wardrobe stays free from leather and other animal-derived materials by using our guide to compassionate clothing:
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