Where to Find Vegan Hiking Boots
last updated on 5/12/17
It’s the main reason I wanted to start this website: vegan hiking boots. In the past I’ve had the worst time trying to find out which boots were actually vegan versus which just weren’t made with any leather. Because they aren’t the same, and some companies don’t understand the difference.
I’ve done my best to explain my site and what I’m doing to outdoor gear companies so that I get the most accurate information from them. Often times the contact person at each company is a customer service representative who is just going by the information that’s in front of them and not looking any further into it. And that’s where the confusion starts.
Fairly often I was told that a certain boot was vegan, only to find out upon further questioning that the glues aren’t vegan, or that they switch up glues so often that it’s impossible to say whether or not the boot is vegan.
Check out the original blog post I had for finding vegan hiking boots.There are a ton of helpful comments!
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Eco Vegan Shoes
Eco Vegan Shoes is a vegan shoe company, obviously, and their All Terrain Pro Waterproof Hiker is a great boot. I have a pair and they keep my feet warm and dry on hikes in the Adirondack High Peaks. Check them out and support an all-vegan company!
Lowa’s Innox GTX® Mid Ws offers lightweight support with a wrapped upper on our injected PU midsole and PU MONOWRAP® frame construction for stability. Made with a NXT sole for traction and durability. Great for fastpacking. Waterproof/breathable. Made on a women’s-specific last.(Limited sizing left)
Also in men’s.
The Merrell Capra Mid Sport Gore-Tex is super lightweight, waterproof & has a Vibram sole. I just bought a pair for myself and will be posting a review as soon as I put some good miles on them!
Also in men’s.
Please be advised, the entire Capra line is NOT vegan. Be sure you’re purchasing the Mid Sport Gore-Tex and not one of the leather boots.
**Unfortunately, this boot has been phased out.**
The TrekSta Evolution Mid GTX was named Editor’s Choice in 2011 by Backpacker Magazine, and for good reason. Gore-Tex makes these boots breathable, while still being waterproof and the IceLock/HyperGrip sole helps with traction in any condition. (Also available in men’s.)
Check out the TrekSta Evolution Mid GTX Vegan Hiking Boot Review by Jim Van Alstine to find out more!
The Approach Mid is a new hiking boot from the all vegan company Vegetarian Shoes. They are breathable, water resistant and lightweight. Padded insoles and tongue also make these boots comfy.
Vegetarian Shoes has said that their new Veggie Trekker MK5 is their best boot yet! They’re water resistant and breathable with Vibram soles for serious traction.
Wills Vegan Shoes
The Zamberlan SH Crosser Plus GTX RR hiking boot was Backpacker Magazine’s 2013 Editors’ Choice winner. This boot has Vibram soles for great traction, is lightweight and waterproof. Currently, only stocked in men’s.
Check out the Zamberlan SH Crosser Plus GTX RR Vegan Hiking Boot Review by Jim Van Alstine to find out more!
Columbia, KEEN, Oboz, Salewa, Salomon, Scarpa, The North Face, & Vasque
These companies have all stated that they have no vegan hiking boot options at this time. This is due to the fact that they either have stated that their glues include animal products or that they have no way of guaranteeing what types of glues are used at any time. Please contact these companies and let them know that there is a demand for completely animal-free products. Hopefully in the future they’ll make an effort to change this.
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
“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
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 1-866-676-KEEN (5336)
Don’t appear to have any boots made without leather.
email@example.com / (406) 522-0319
“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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 303-444-0446
“Thanks for your inquiry. Vegan shoes are always a tough one because there are different levels of classification for people to claim ‘vegan friendly’. Most of our products are full textile and synthetic materials that are used. However, it is still extremely difficult to get away from glues that don’t have animal products in them. This is the case for pretty much every manufacturer of footwear. So from a materials standpoint, we have plenty of products that don’t have leather materials. From an adhesion standpoint, I cannot confirm that the products don’t have glues that are vegan friendly.”
Contact Salomon: 1-800-875-2619
“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
“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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