The 11 Best Ethical and Sustainable Boots for 2024

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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.

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!

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!

2. Reformation

Reformation sustainable and ethical boots, leather lace up combat style boots

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

Shipping: Worldwide

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.

Reformation heeled boot in leopard print

3. Nisolo

Nisolo sustainable leather boots

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.

Nisolo lace-up boots

4. Thesus

Alice and whittles vegan boots waterproof weekender style in sage green

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.

Thesus waterproof boot

5. Allbirds

Allbirds wool mizzles boots in grey

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

Shipping: Worldwide

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.

6. Nomasei

Nomasei leather luxury boots

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.

Nomasei metallic heeled boots

7. Christy Dawn

Christy Dawn responsible leather boots created from deadstock materials

Sustainability: Responsibly sourced leather boots, ethically produced

Boot Types: Vintage-inspired lace-up leather boots and ankle boots.

Sizes: US 5-11

Shipping: Worldwide

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.

christy Dawn chelsea boot

8. Root Collective

Root collective leather boots with handwoven pattern

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.

Root collective boots

9. Made Trade

Made Trade black sustainable bootsfrom Cicolo

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

Shipping: Internationally

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.

Sustainable boots available on Made Trade

10. Rothy’s

Rothys sustainable chelsea boots in orange knit

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.

Rothy's chelsea boot style

11. Alohas

Alohas sustainable leather boots

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.

Alohas leather 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.

Bethany Eve
Bethany Eve
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