Hop into summer with these eco-friendly kicks.

There are few things we love more than a good pair of sustainable sneakers. Perfect for casual days at the office, running errands around town, or going on weekend adventures, trainers have become our go-to shoe for summer.

It can be challenging to find sustainable trainers, as many tennis shoes are made from virgin plastics and harmful dyes. The following six brands are passionate about changing the industry. They prioritize ethics and the environment in everything from materials to production, and do so while designing some of the most stylish shoes on the market. 

Whether you’re shopping for a street shoe or trainers for the gym, check out these brands for your next pair of sustainable sneakers.


1. VEJA

Sustainable Features | Vegan options, organic, zero waste
Best For | Street sneakers
Price Range | €80–€165

You’ve probably heard of VEJA shoes by now—and for good reason. The sneakers have been called the world’s most sustainable. Celebrities, British royalty, and fashion influencers alike have all been photographed wearing the trademark V. These sneakers are designed in Paris, France with eco-friendly materials, including wild rubber from the Amazon and organic cotton. You can listen to the VEJA founders explain the vision behind the brand in this online audio clip. With sleek and stylish options for men, women, and children, VEJA has become our go-to for sustainably made sneakers. Find your own pair online (they ship worldwide), or visit one of their stockists in your country.

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2. TOMS

Sustainable Features | Vegan options, eco-friendly materials, recycled packaging
Best For | Street sneakers, slip-ons
Price Range | $50–$110

TOMS has been beloved and celebrated all over the world for their one-for-one charitable business model. The brand partners with impact organizations (like Save the Children) to give children in need new shoes. As of today, the brand had given away more than 86 million pairs of sneakers. On the design front, TOMS has come a long way since their original slip-on canvas shoe. The Venice-based brand now has lace-ups and trainers, platform sneakers, and patterned fabrics. They use vegan and ecologically-friendly materials, including natural hemp, organic cotton, and recycled polyester, in many of their designs. The shoe boxes are also made with recycled post-consumer waste and soy ink. TOMS sustainable sneakers are available for men, women, and children worldwide.

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3. Allbirds

Sustainable Features | Eco-friendly materials, recycled packaging, WRAP-certified
Best For | Athletic sneakers, running shoes
Price Range | $95–$115

Made from Nature is the motto over at Allbirds. These sneakers are made with high-quality, sustainable materials, including ZQ Merino Wool (the world’s leading ethical wool brand), eucalyptus tree fibers, recycled plastic shoelaces, and FSC-Certified TENCEL™ Lyocell. Founded by New Zealand native Tim Brown, the brand is committed to making comfortable trainers for men, women, and children (called Smallbirds) that don’t harm the planet. They also partner with social impact organizations and, in 2019, Allbirds announced they're going carbon neutral—as if we needed more reasons to love this sustainable sneaker company. Allbirds has worldwide shipping, and are available in select retail stores.

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4. Tread by Everlane

Sustainable Features | Recycled plastic bottles, gold-certified leather, natural rubbers
Best For | Street sneakers
Price Range | $98

Did you know that most sneaker soles are made entirely of plastic? Cue Tread by Everlane, a new kind of sneaker. These stylish street shoes are made with recycled and natural rubbers, leather from a gold-certified tannery, and recycled plastic bottles for the laces and lining. And Everlane is always working to make them better and even more low-impact. The San Francisco-based company also partners with third-party firms to ensure the sneakers are carbon neutral. We have a feeling Tread by Everlane will soon be the world’s most sustainable sneaker (they only launched this year). At less than $100, we’re thrilled to share that Treads are available for men and women worldwide.

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5. Oliver Cabell

Sustainable Features | Ethical factories, waxed cotton shoelaces, recycled materials
Best For | Street sneakers
Price Range | $168–$188

Oliver Cabell is passionate about making timeless footwear. Mixing old school methods with modern-day technology, their sneakers are one of the best examples of bespoke craftsmanship. Each pair is made with top quality materials and hand stitched in ethical factories in Spain. Apart from transparency and quality design, one of our favorite aspects of Oliver Cabell is that the brand releases new sneakers each week—you can browse online and sign up to be notified when a new style drops. Word has it, a 3D printed sneaker made from recycled water bottles will launch later this year. Oliver Cabell’s minimalist and sustainable sneakers for men and women are available online (free worldwide shipping).

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6. Flamingos Life

Sustainable Features | Vegan, organic cotton, natural rubber, recycled materials
Best For | Street sneakers
Price Range | €79–€89

Flamingos Life is a Spanish sneaker brand committed to transparency and changing the way shoes are produced in the fashion industry. Their list of ethical and eco-friendly materials used is impressive: post-consumer water bottles, natural rubber (sustainably extracted from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree), organic cotton, and other recycled plastics. The brand is big on collaborating with conservation and reforestation projects. Flamingos Life also makes monthly donations to Waste Free Oceans for ocean clean up and educational projects. These sneakers for men and women are only available in Europe at the moment, but keep your eyes peeled—we hope they’ll expand their shipping options soon!

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