Vegan Low Top Hiking Shoes

Last updated 5/12/17

Low top vegan hiking shoes for those days when you want more support than a trail runner but less weight than a hiking boot. These shoes are all 100% vegan. (Please read this disclaimer before purchasing.)

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Arc’teryx

Arc'teryx Acrux FL GTX

Arc’teryx Acrux FL GTX

The Arc’teryx Acrux FL GTX Approach Shoe is recommended for backpacking trips where you plan to do some light climbing or bouldering, or on your way in to a climb. The Vibram® MegaGrip rubber compound outsoles are grippier than most hiking shoes. And they’re waterproof and breathable.
Also in men’s.

Merrell

Merrell Grassbow Air Low

Merrell Grassbow Air Low

Merrell Grassbow Air Low
* Breathable mesh lining treated with M-Select™ Fresh odor control
* Merrell In-Board™ Compression Molded EVA footframe provides cushioning
* Merrell Grip Outsole with Winter Compound for cold and wet conditions
* Average weight: 1lb 4oz (per pair)
Also in men’s.

Merrell Capra Sport Gore-Tex

Merrell Capra Sport Gore-Tex

Merrell Capra Sport Gore-Tex
* Waterproof & breathable (Gore-Tex)
* Mesh lining treated with M-Select™ FRESH reduces shoe odor
* TrailProtect™ pad offers additional protection off road
* Vibram™ MegaGrip outsole
* Average weight: 1lb 7oz (per pair)
Also in men’s.

Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport

Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport

Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport
* Breathable mesh lining treated with M-Select™ FRESH reduces shoe odor
* Water friendly ventilated mesh upper is made for hot temperatures and forging creeks,
* Vibram™ outsole
* Average weight: 1lb 6oz (per pair)
Also in men’s.

Merrell Waterpro Maipo

Merrell Waterpro Maipo

Merrell Waterpro Maipo
* Micro mesh drainage ports
* Merrell Air Cushion in the heel absorbs shock and adds stability
* Water friendly non-marking sipped sole
* Vibram™ WaterPro Plus Sole
* Average weight: 10oz (per pair)
Also in men’s.

TrekSta

TrekSta Evolution 161 GTX

TrekSta Evolution 161 GTX

TrekSta Evolution 161 GTX
(Limited women’s sizing left, 6 and 9.5)
* Upper shoe features GORE-TEX® XCR (extended comfort range)
* IceLock™/HyperGrip® sole provides traction in all conditions
* Average weight: 11.2oz (per pair)
Also in men’s.

TrekSta Kobra 312

TrekSta Kobra 312 GTX
(Limited women’s sizing left, 6, 6.5, and 9.5)
* Ice Lock and GTX
* BOA lacing system for single handed lacing
* NestFIT Technology.
Also in men’s.

Wicked Hemp

Wicked Trail Hiking Boot by Wicked Hemp

Wicked Trail Hiking Boot by Wicked Hemp

Wicked Hemp makes shoes out of natural and recycled materials. The Wicked Trail are a lower-cut boot which looks better for a light stroll in the woods than climbing mountains, but that’s awesome, too! According to their website, the hemp canvas will keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. (Also available in men’s.)

Zamberlan

Zamberlan 129 SH Crosser RR

Zamberlan 129 SH Crosser RR

Zamberlan 129 SH Crosser RR
* Lightweight & breathable
* Vibram® Speed Hiking sole
* Average weight: 1lb 6 oz(per pair)
Also in men’s, (Limited sizing left, 8.5 left).


Adidas:

After confirming that Adidas did have vegan hikers a few years ago, they are now giving us conflicting information on the current boots. We’re unsure whether the glues used are now animal-based, or if the boots are in fact still vegan, but the customer service reps are not looking into or passing along the correct information. Until we’re able to get some straight information, they’ve been removed from this list.

Contact Adidas: (800) 982-9337

Columbia:

“While we have many footwear products that don’t contain any kind of natural leather or fur, we can’t guarantee that any of them are 100 percent vegan because some of the adhesives used to assemble these products MAY contain some animal by-products.”

Contact Columbia: http://bit.ly/2fSamSk /(800) 622-6953

KEEN:

“We currently cannot grantee 100% Vegan product due to not being sure about the glue we use in our shoes.”

“Currently at this time there is no plans in the works for a complete Vegan shoe. We did at one time but market did not show interest in the shoe.”

Contact KEEN: info@keenfootwear.com / 1-866-676-KEEN (5336)

Oboz:

Don’t appear to have any boots made without leather.
info@obozfootwear.com / (406) 522-0319

Salewa:

“Unfortunately, we do not have a policy that claims 100% animal free byproduct on any of our shoes. Many of our shoes are manufactured with suede. Some of our models are synthetic but again, I cannot offer a shoe that has the guarantee you’re looking for.”

Contact Salewa: info@salewa.us / 303-444-0446

Salomon:

I was told in a phone conversation that all glues used are “natural”. When I asked if that meant animal byproducts I was told that yes, this is the case.

Contact Salomon: 1-800-875-2619

Scarpa:

“As concern the models which have a completely synthetic upper, we can’t be sure that the glue we use is free of animal derived components. Therefore, we prefer you don’t consider any of our article as vegan.”

Contact Scarpa: http://www.scarpa.com / 303-998-2895

The North Face:

“None of our footwear is considered vegan at this time.”

Contact The North Face: https://www.thenorthface.com/help/contact-us.html / (888) 863-1968

Vasque:

“At this time, we our Vasque line of hiking boots does not have any 100% Vegan options.  We are sorry we do not have a boot to fit your needs.”

Contact Vasque: CUSTOMER.SERVICE@VASQUE.COM / 1 (800) 224-4453


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  • Great list! I’ve struggled with this for years. I’m usually able to find shoes and boots, but I’m constantly on the lookout (Sierra Trading Post usually has a few). Vasque has the Lotic (my favorite) and Columbia has expensive synthetic/mesh hikers.

  • stephen cadman

    Hi,

    can i ask how you found that the hiking boots from adidas were vegan.

    ive been unable to get an answer from adidas about their use of animal based glues. Im trying to find out if their boost running shoes are vegan.

    thanks
    steve

    • Hi Stephen,

      I contacted Adidas through the live chat function on their website and was assured that they use all synthetic glues. So as long as the rest of the materials are synthetic you’re good!

      Jessica

  • I’ll pretty much only wear minimalist/barefoot shoes now and love my Merrells and Lems for hiking. 🙂

    • I think I need to look into minimalist/barefoot shoes. I don’t think I’ve ever tried any on!

  • It’s nice to see some more Merrell options, and Adidas too – who knew? I may just have to check some of these out! Thanks for looking into these, and for being diligent as always about cruelty-free products and standards – it’s much appreciated!

    • Right? It’s great to see major brands acknowledging that there’s a need for vegan products! Yay!

      And thanks for the kind words! I love doing this! Finding outdoor stuff that I can actually use, but at the same time helping others AND meeting cool peeps?!? The best! <3

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