9 Sustainable Shoe Brands For Men (2023)
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While many apparel and lifestyle brands have made the switch to fair trade practices, that’s not always the case for footwear production. Often, shoes are manufactured in potentially dangerous working conditions or with forced labor.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Isn’t it time our shoes matched our ethics?
When doing a search for best shoe brands for men, the list that crops up might not reflect the company’s practices. So we’ve rounded up a list of sustainable men’s shoes for you!
These fair trade shoe brands are making everything from sustainable men’s sneakers to work boots to water shoes while ensuring fair wages, full-scale benefits, and safe working environments for their employees. So whether you need kicks for a night out on the town or laid-back days in the office, these sustainable and ethical footwear companies have you covered.
Looking for more menswear options? Browse our list of fair trade fashion brands for men and our men’s underwear guide.
Based In | San Francisco, CA
Ethics | Certified B Corp, natural materials & recycled packaging, WRAP-certified production facility, gives back
Best For | Athleisure shoes
Size Range | 8–14
Price Range | $40–$160
Imagine the coziest shoes in the world that aren’t just sustainable, but fair trade, too. Welcome to Allbirds. Made with materials like merino wool or eucalyptus tree fibers, Allbirds uses sustainable sourcing methods whenever possible, right down to the recycled plastic shoelaces. As a certified B Corp, the brand also gives back. For errands, walks in the park, or just lounging around, these fair trade shoes belong in every closet. You can read our editor’s Allbirds review here for a firsthand look at the brand.
Based In | Nashville, TN
Ethics | Artisan-made, beyond fair trade wages, transparent production practices, certified B Corp
Best For | Chukkas & ankle boots
Size Range | 8–13
Price Range | $150–$260
To say we are fans of the B Corp Nisolo would be an understatement. This brand’s thoughtful and intentional approach to crafting beautiful shoes using ethical and fair trade practices is unparalleled. Every producer and artisan working for Nisolo receives fair trade wages, safe working conditions, and healthcare. The Chukka and Ankle boots are some of our favorites, effortlessly elevating your look no matter what time of day.
3. Thousand Fell
Based In | New York, NY
Ethics | Zero-waste, recyclable sneakers, recycled & sustainable materials, closed-loop process
Best For | Zero-waste sneakers
Size Range | 8–13
Price Range | $125–$135 (+$20 recycling deposit)
The first-ever recycled sneakers came from Thousand Fell, launching the brand into a TGT fave! Using materials like recycled water bottles, sugar cane, and coconut husk, their comfy footwear is as sustainable as it is stylish. Their closed-loop process makes it easy to update your sneaks when you’re ready– simply send them back to the brand and they’ll recycle your old shoes into new ones, while you enjoy shopping credit for your next pair!
Based In | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ethics | WRAP-certified factories, fair wages & conditions, carbon-neutral shipping, sustainable & organic materials, gives back
Best For | Seasonal kicks
Size Range | 5–13
Price Range | $79–$129
Cariuma aims to make sustainable sneakers with the smallest footprint possible. The brand sources only natural and recycled materials like organic cotton, bamboo, and recycled PET and transforms them into super comfortable sneaks, in a multitude of styles and colors (including Pantone picks!). Each ethically made pair, once in recyclable packaging, is sent via carbon-neutral shipping. Sustainable, affordable, and stylish.
Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Certified B Corp, vegan options, eco-friendly materials, recycled packaging
Best For | Workwear-friendly sneakers & boots
Size Range | 7–14
Price Range | $50–$140
Famous for its buy-a-pair, give-a-pair charitable model, TOMS probably brings to mind the original, recycled cloth slip-on designed after the traditional Alpargatas from Argentina. But the B Corp has expanded both their designs and their charitable giving, with more than one-third of its profits going to grassroots causes. Their men’s line includes sneakers, boots, and yes, slip-on styles like the OG Alpargatas (with updated technology and more sole support!), all made using vegan and eco-friendly materials.
Based In | Paris, France
Ethics | Ethical production, organic materials, low waste, vegan options, gives back
Best For | Casual sneakers
Size Range | EUR 35–48
Price Range | $120–$230
Since 2005, Veja has been crafting shoes that last, while minimizing the negative impact on people and the planet. The brand uses natural wild rubber when possible and sources organic cotton up to a year before production, mutually working with farmers to create a sustainable and fair trade supply chain. The simple, unisex designs mean shoes that transcend style so we know you’ll want to try a pair or two!
7. Native Shoes
Based In | Vancouver, Canada
Ethics | Fair trade, ethically made, vegan, cruelty-free, gives back
Best For | Outdoor & water-friendly shoes
Size Range | 3–13
Price Range | $32–$110
Native Shoes are vegan, fair trade, and all about keeping things lite, especially while in the outdoors. Believing that animals and humans should be treated equally and with respect, no hair or hide is used for this footwear. With factories in China and Vietnam, the Native Shoes team plans site visits several times a year to ensure fair wages, steady hours, and safe conditions. The best part? They recycle shoes through The Remix Project or Zappos for Good.
Based In | Paris, France
Ethics | Vegetable-tanned leather, natural & sustainable materials, ethically made in Europe, gives back
Best For | Casual espadrilles & sandals
Size Range | UK 6–11
Price Range | £80–£270
Octobre, the menswear branch of ethical brand Sézane, embodies Parisian style like no other. From brogues to chukkas to sandals, every pair of shoes have been thoughtfully designed to withstand the test of time. All materials are responsibly sourced, and 95 percent of production stays within ateliers in Europe. We’re big fans of the modern espadrilles, the perfect summer shoe no matter what you pair it with. Octobre gives back to organizations on a monthly basis.
Based In | Portugal
Ethics | Fair trade, vegan, sustainable
Best For | Formalwear & boots
Size Range | EU 39–46
Price Range | €70–€179
FAIR means For All Its Rights, and this brand lives up to that philosophy by prioritizing ethical and fair trade shoe production. These beautiful vegan shoes are crafted in Portugal under safe working conditions. Plus, the brand uses sustainable materials, including PVC-free, OEKO-TEX certified, and eco-friendly microfibers. All in all, these shoes are about as mindful as they come—which makes them well worth the price. There’s something for every conscious man at FAIR.
Featured image is from Nisolo