Fresh Kicks For A New Season

As the seasons change, so does our shoe collection. As we head into warmer weather, we’re seeking out sneakers to take our wardrobe (and our impact) to the next level. Because while regular sneakers can do the job, we’d rather opt for less damage to animals, plants, and planet Earth overall.

We’ve found 9 brands with vegan sneakers that are upping the game worldwide, from France to Brazil to the US. Stock up on these shoes—we’ll be wearing these to the beach, the park, and everywhere in between.


1. VEJA

Features | Vegan, organic
Based In | Paris, France
Price | 80€

Need a pair of sneaks for work, hanging out, and while running errands? VEJA’s Wata White Pierre will be your new go-tos, especially since they are unisex! Made with organic cotton and wild rubber from the Amazonian forest, these shoes come with a simple V across the side. Pair with cropped jeans and a denim jacket for an effortless look. Based in Paris and handmade in Brazil, VEJA creates stylish looks that are as socially-conscious as they are timeless.

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2. Matt + Nat

Features | Vegan, eco-friendly, ethically made
Based In | Montreal, Canada
Price | $90

For years, Matt + Nat have been pioneers in the vegan and eco-friendly fashion world, and their domination continues. Their Tess sneakers are part of the Sleek City Collection, and we can see why: these slip-ons are urban and modern, with strips of neoprene and vegan leather. And with options in white, black, and sand, you can stock up with a pair that matches every part of your wardrobe. We’d throw these on with white or black capri-length pants and a tee, while we’re on the go.

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3. TOMS

Features | Buy one, give one, vegan
Based In | Santa Monica, CA
Price | $74.95

Get your athleisure look on with TOMS’ Drizzle Grey Chambray Mix Women Cabrillo Sneakers. With a removable molded insole and custom outsole, these sneakers are perfect for long walks with friends or on your way to yoga. What we love most is how they remain modern and sporty, but don’t feel like typical running shoes—we might even be bold enough to pair it with a dress. (If gray isn’t your color, it comes in other colors as well like pink and black!) And of course, for each pair you purchase, TOMS gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need around the world.

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4. Insecta Shoes

Features | Vegan, eco-friendly, fair trade
Based In | Brazil
Price | R$289 (about $78 USD)

Add some Brazilian flair to your shoe collection with these Botany Brasilis Oxfords from Insecta Shoes. Made in Brazil with recycled rubber, plastics, and fabrics, all of Insecta’s shoes are taking hundreds of pounds of waste out of landfills. These Oxfords come with an exclusive plant and floral print, reminding us of both Miami palm trees and European gardens. Outfit these with a loose shirt dress or shorts, to show these off in the most major way.

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5. Native Shoes

Features | Vegan, ethically made
Based In | Vancouver, Canada
Price | $55

Since 2009, Native Shoes has been leveling up our wardrobe and our environmental impact, while staying as affordable as ever. Crafted with eco-friendly and vegan materials, the Jericho Bling will give you the pop of color and glamour you’ve been looking for. (And like the original Jericho pair it was modeled after, it still comes with the same features like shock absorbency, odor resistance, and the ability to handwash them.) These slip-ons are just asking to be matched with an all-white outfit or with ankle cuffed jeans.

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6. AHIMSA

Features | Vegan, ethically made
Based In | Brazil
Price | $136

Started in 2013, AHIMSA believes in creating high-quality vegan products with love, and their Sneaker 771s are no exception. Made for men, these are ethically made in Brazil using vegan leather, cotton canvas, and natural cork to keep your feet fresh and dry. Forever sleek, these are the casual sneakers that can be worn anywhere, anytime, so it’s the ideal staple to add to your closet. (PS: AHIMSA remains the only 100% vegan shoe factory in the world—talk about socially-conscious.)

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7. Keep

Features | Vegan, ethically made
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Price | $75

Keep's Whitman White Box Quilt sneakers have us obsessing. This box quilt pattern was inspired by traditional Japanese textiles, and sourced from artisans in Japan. And no animals were harmed during the production of these, as they utilize faux sheepskin leather. Sitting at the ankle, this silhouette is our go-to for movie night, BBQs, and even summer strolls on the boardwalk. Turn the classic kicks on their head with this modern twist.

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8. Ethletic

Features | Vegan, fair trade
Based In | Germany
Price | 79,90€

Ethically made by fair trade employees in Pakistan, the Fair Sneaker Randall in Rose Dust from Ethletic is hard not to love. Made for skaters and sporty types worldwide, they’ve included multi-layered fabric, ventilation, and extra stitching to create durable, sustainable sneaks that will last throughout seasons. Going with the current fashions, this Rose Dust is in—but if you’re looking for more timeless options, they’ve got these in additional colors as well. Skater or not, you’ll be turning heads in these all through the spring and summer.

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9. Beyond Skin

Features | Vegan, ethically made
Based In | East Sussex, UK
Price | $145

Of course we wouldn’t have this list without high-tops and trainers, like these stunning Taylor Cream Trainers from Beyond Skin. Ideal for urban fashionistas, these can be worn through the spring, summer, and all seasonal transitions, giving your ankles the warmth and comfort they deserve. They’re handmade in Spain using faux leather and recycled rubber, avoiding the killing of cows and water waste. And Beyond Skin goes an extra step (see what we did there?)—they donate a portion of proceeds to environmental and social causes.

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