A Guide To Buying The Perfect Pair
“It’s so hard to find a good pair of vegan shoes.”
That’s what my grandpa told me a couple of days ago. The statement truly lingered on my mind. Surely there are a lot of brands out there now that have a good selection of vegan shoes for men.
Nevertheless, I figured I would dig in a little deeper and give men out there (including my grandpa) the best guide out there that would help them find the best pair of vegan shoes!
Which Are Vegan-Friendly Materials?
Before we dive in, let’s first understand the materials being used in shoemaking that vegans should consider. As vegans, we should avoid any material derived from animals – be it leather, hide, fur, feathers, suede, and hide.
But DO look into shoes made from the following:
- Stretch Fake Suede
- Faux Leather or Pleather
- Faux Suede or Suedette
- Man-made materials
Don’t Forget To Check The Tags
To make it easier for you to know if the shoes that you have been eyeing are made of non-vegan materials, check the label or sticker found on the outer sole.
If the tag says “100% Synthetic or All Man Made“, then you’re good. If the label says otherwise, you might want to choose something else or reach out to the brand for confirmation.
Check Out These Men’s Vegan Shoe Brands
Contrary to popular belief, there are actually several brands out there that are making a name for themselves by selling vegan footwear for men. Let’s get to know some of them, shall we?
1. Native Shoes
Since 2009, this Canadian brand has been committed to creating shoes that are innovative, original and lite.
Certified as a vegan brand by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA, Native Shoes is strongly dedicated to making “Beast Free Footwear” which basically means that no animal products were used in their shoe creation.
2. NAK Fashion (No Animal Killed)
With a name like that, who needs further intro? But just to give everyone an idea of what the brand is all about, it’s making beautiful shoes without killing or harming animals.
The company works with fine Italian shoe artisans in exquisite footwear. Also, materials that are used in shoemaking are sourced near the brand’s workshop in Northern Italy.
When it comes to the price points, the shoes can be a little costly (about $300). However, they are made from microfibre which is a pretty lightweight, breathable and waterproof material.
Now that’s good value for money if I may say so myself!
If you are looking for a pair of vegan dress shoes, NAK’s Francis – Oxford Brogues is a great choice for you!
3. No Harm
Combining the passion for high fashion and ethics, No Harm offers a range of vegan and cruelty free footwear. Before production, the brand makes sure that all the materials needed in shoemaking adhere to the vegan and environmental policies and standards.
If you’re thinking of investing in a good pair of vegan dress shoes, check out No Harm’s selection of handcrafted shoes made by Italian artisans.
Expect to pay between $100 to $200.
Created in 2006, Keep believes in consciousness, community, and craft. It aims to make shopping a simple and straightforward experience by making products that are cruelty-free and vegan.
To make sure that all ethical standards are met, the company partners with non-profit organizations to monitor the work being done in its factories.
As an independent business, Keep believes in working with people who show them love and respect all throughout their endeavor. The brand is also respectful of the craft involved in making products that utilize organic, natural and sustainably grown materials.
Stay hip and in style by checking some of Keep’s shoe selection – from the low top, mid top and high. Or better yet, check out some of the shoes from their collaborations with other brands.
Prices range from $40 to $75.
Dirk and Thomas founded the brand Avesu. What started in Berlin way back in 2006 has now become one of the most sought after stores for vegan shoes, not only in Germany but also of the rest of Europe and around world.
Carrying over 40 ethically conscious styles, avesu has certainly come a long way from the time the founders were having a hard time finding vegan shoes on the market.
BONUS: To learn where you can get other stylish men’s vegan shoes, check out the video below!
Have you ever worn shoes made by robots? If you haven’t, then this is your chance!
Mohop is the first brand in the world to digitally fabricate mass-customizable accessories and footwear on demand.
The company uses robots to make their products. They make use of different 3D manufacturing and digital scanning processes to customize functional, comfortable and stylish shoes.
A brand created by Annie Mohaupt in 2005, Mohop is committed to making products that are produced with materials that are: recycled, sustainably-sourced, fair-trade materials, and of course… vegan!
If you’re searching for a comfy pair of sandals, get a pair here! Not the cheapest though, they are $160 per pair.
7. Will's Vegan Shoes & Accessories Co.
If you’re looking for sustainable, ethical and vegan fashion, look no further! Will’s Vegan Shoes Ltd. has got it all for you!
The brand was founded by Will Green in 2012. They are registered by the Vegan Society, as well as approved by PETA.
The company’s products including its men’s shoes are made of ethical vegan materials like eco-friendly vegan leather. They are made in countries like Portugal and Italy.
Spice up your wardrobe by pairing your fave outfits with these Will’s collection of vegan shoes here. While it may not be the cheapest, each pair is certainly worth the price! The prices range from $79 to $286.
For vegan hunks out there, you can definitely be in style and also live an ethically conscious life at the same time! Gone are the days when you had to search far and wide to find the best pair of vegan shoes for you.
With all these brands out there, you have a lot of choices right in front of you! It’s just a matter of choosing something that reflects your personal style and your budget!
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