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As we head into fall and winter, you want a pair of sturdy, warm and sustainable boots.
However, you might be struggling to find the perfect pair that have been produced both ethically and sustainably.
That’s why we’ve curated this list which includes the best sustainable and ethical boot brands right now, which will keep your feet warm and comfortable while complementing your wardrobe.
If you don’t have time to read our full article, check out our quick summary below.
Our Sustainable Boot Top Picks
Best for vegan, waterproof boots: Merry People
Best for leather ankle boots: Nisolo, Alohas
Best for sustainable fashion styles: Reformation and Nomasei
Let’s jump in!
Our Sustainable and Ethical Boots Top Picks
1. Merry People
Sustainability: Sustainable materials include natural rubber for the outer, neoprene for the lining, and vegan glue to bind.
Boot Types: Vegan rain boots
Sizes: US 5-10, UK 3-8, EU 36-41
Shipping: Worldwide shipping
Australian boot brand Merry People specialize in waterproof vegan boots perfect for stormy days and muddy countryside walks.
The brand uses sustainable materials, including natural rubber
and vegan glues to create its vegan rain boots.
Plus, the Merry People boots are completely vegan-certified. Merry People also works closely with its suppliers to ensure the ethical manufacturing of its boots.
We love the choice of vibrant colors and love that the brand creates matching kids’ boots too!
Sustainability: 100% carbon neutral company, producing ethical clothing and footwear from low impact, sustainable materials.
Boot Types: Chelsea boots, knee highs, combat boots, suede, and leather ankle boots
Sizes: US 5-11 / UK 3-9
Cult sustainable clothing brand Reformation extends its ever-popular clothing collection to include a range of on-trend sustainable boots, perfect to compliment any outfit.
The leather used in Refs sustainable leather boots is sourced from Leather Working Group gold and silver audited tanneries – this ensures the leather is traceable and produced and sourced responsibly.
Reformation use low-impact, sustainable materials such as deadstock fabrics destined for landfill and upcycled and recycled vintage fabrics. Their products are designed, produced, shipped, both ethically and environmentally consciously, from their Los Angeles factories.
Sustainability: Certified B corporation, creating sustainable boots from responsibly sourced materials. 100% of carbon emissions are offset.
Boot Types: Lace-Up boots, heeled ankle boots, Chelsea boot
Sizes: US 5-11
Shipping: the US only
For comfortable ankle boots that still allow you to feel sexy and stylish, check out Nisolo. They create sustainable boots and shoes from responsibly sourced leather which has been Leather Working Group certified. Nisolo’s boots get fantastic reviews for comfort and style, allowing you to strut in style while feeling super supported.
Nisolo is an ethical company, ensuring a living wage for 100% of the people creating its products; they also provide a safe working environment for people in their supply chain.
Nisolo is Climate Neutral Certified through carbon emission offsets, offsetting 100% of the CO2 in their supply chain.
Sustainability: 90% sustainable and traceable materials, ethically produced boots
Boot Types: Waterproof rain boot, lace-up hiking style vegan boot
Sizes: US 6-10.5 / UK 3-9 / EU 36-42
Shipping: Worldwide – Carbon Neutral Shipping available
Thesus (formerly Alice and Whittles) create sturdy, sustainable rain boots perfect for cold walks in the park or running city errands. The weekend boot is vegan, and the nylon upper is made from recycled marine plastic collected by fishermen from oceans worldwide.
Each product is produced from at least 90% sustainable materials, with the brand striving for 100%. These ethical boots are made with love in a family-run factory in Portugal.
These Weekend boots are the perfect winter boot; they are waterproof, feature natural rubber, and a temperature control lining that will keep your feet cozy and warm whatever the weather.
Sustainability: Certified B corporation creating sustainable shoes with natural materials
Boot Types: Waterproof wool lace-up ankle style boots
Sizes: UK 2-8 / US 5-11
Popular sustainable shoe brand Allbirds has created the Wool Runner-up Mizzles, perfect eco-friendly rain boots, which have the lightness and comfort of a sneaker.
Crafted from responsibly sourced merino wool and OEKO-TEX® fluorine-free water repellent coating, the runner-up mizzles keep your feet toasty warm and breathable in wet weather.
Allbirds are a certified B corporation meaning it meets the highest ethical and sustainable standards, only using natural materials and ensuring all shoes are produced ethically in safe working conditions.
Sustainability: Handmade ethically in Italy, using recycled material and responsibly sourced leather
Boot Types: Ankle boots, heeled boots, knee highs, lace-up boots, cool fashionable designs
Sizes: US 5-11 / UK 3-8 / EU 36-42
Shipping: Worldwide (Free over €450)
We are obsessed with the chic styles of Nomasei’s luxury leather boots! From its classic clean block-color styles to funky, vibrant prints, every boot in Nomasei’s collection will elevate your wardrobe to the next level.
Each leather boot is designed in Paris and handcrafted using local, responsible materials in their Italian production facility in Montopoli.
All leather is responsibly sourced and certified by the Leather Working Group, ensuring the leather meets the highest authority in ecological performance. Even Nomasei’s super cool logo zip is recycled and fully recyclable.
Nomasei provides full transparency on the cost of their high-quality raw materials and production to ensure a fair and transparent price.
7. Christy Dawn
Sustainability: Responsibly sourced leather boots, ethically produced
Boot Types: Vintage-inspired lace-up leather boots and ankle boots.
Sizes: US 5-11
Along with their dreamy organic dress collection, Christy Dawn produces beautiful, sustainably sourced leather footwear.
Their leather boots are inspired by vintage classics and feature victorian style lace-ups and Chelsea ankle boots.
The leather used in Christy Dawn’s boot collection is all sustainably sourced from deadstock leather – leftover from manufacturing and otherwise destined for landfill.
8. Root Collective
Sustainability: Ethically handmade by small workshops in Guatemala, artisans are paid 5-400% above fair wage
Boot Types: Leather ankle boots
Sizes: US 5-11
Shipping: US & international (except Europe)
Root Collective is empowering people and communities in Guatemala by working with small, independent workshops.
Root collective’s boots are handmade ethically, with employees paid fair wages. In doing so, Root collective supports individuals to develop new skills and give back to their community.
Root Collective has a customizing section, which allows you to create your pair of bespoke boots so that you can stand out from the crowd.
9. Made Trade
Sustainability: Sustainable and ethical boots from sustainable brands around the world. 1% for the planet organization.
Boot Types: Chelsea boots, ankle boots, heeled booties
Sizes: US 5-11 / UK 3-9
Made Trade is a women-owned, family-led brand that showcases ethical and sustainable boots from some of the most popular ethical brands worldwide. Their selection includes Coclico, a Spanish brand creating beautiful, sustainable leather boots, and Nisolo, who we’ve mentioned previously in this post.
Made Trade has over 40 different styles of eco-friendly boots to choose from and are climate-neutral certified, meaning they will offset all carbon involved in shipping your shoes.
Sustainability: Zero waste production, sustainable materials including merino wool and recycled plastic bottles
Boot Types: Merino wool knitted ankle boots, knitted recycled plastic Chelsea boots
Sizes: US 5-13
Shipping: US and Canada (Free Shipping to the US)
Rothys is a sustainable shoe company that produces unique eco-friendly boots and shoes from recycled plastic, diverting thousands of bottles from the sea and landfills every year.
Their signature Rothy’s thread is spun from recycled plastic bottles and then hand-knitted into their classic super comfy Chelsea boot. By using a state-of-the-art knitting process, they ensure their shoes are made sustainably with zero waste.
Rothy’s also creates Merino wool knitted ankle boots to keep your feet warm without compromising style during colder months.
Sustainability: Ethically produced on-demand boots to reduce waste. Leather Working Group Certified Leather, with low impact dyes.
Boot Types: Heeled boots, leather boots, knee-high boots, cowboy boot styles.
Sizes: EU 35-40 / US 5-13
Shipping: Worldwide shipping
Alohas is a Spanish sustainable shoe company with a difference. The brand creates a mix of ready-to-ship and on-demand boots in chic, on-trend styles.
Alohas on-demand production works to reduce waste and means the brand only produces the correct quantities of shoes to prevent unsold or wanted styles. Aloha’s boots are available to pre-order for a discount; once the pre-order window closes, Aloha calculates precisely how many of each new style should be produced and begin manufacturing.
The brand uses local, ethical production and leather from Leather Working Group (LWG) Certified tanneries.
Wrapping Up: Ethical and Sustainable Boots
We hope you enjoyed the article, and have found the perfect pair of sustainable boots!
If you’re looking for other styles, make sure you check out our guides on sustainable sandals, heels, and sustainable sneakers.