Ready for a hike but don’t have any vegan hiking boots to go out in?
This blog post is for you.
Historically is has been difficult to find truly vegan hiking shoes due to the prominence of leather being used. Even in recent years with the switch to synthetic materials, the glues used to hold the shoes together aren’t always vegan.
Finally, there are more options on the market and we hope this post helps you find a pair you like. We’ve vetted them all for materials, comfort, and reviews.
- Best Vegan Hiking Boots for 2019
- 1. Arc’teryx Bora GTX Mid Backpacking Boot
- 2. Will’s Cross Hiking Boots
- 3. Eco Vegan Shoes’ All Terrain Pro Hiker Black
- 4. Merrell’s Vegan Range
- 5. Vivobarefoot Magna Trail
- 6. Veggie Trekker MK5
- 7. Native Shoes’ Fitzsimmon’s TrekLite
- 8. Topo Athletics Hiking Shoes
- 9. Treksta Evolution Mid 161 GTX
- 10. Lowa Lyxa GTX Mid
- Wrap Up – Best Vegan Hiking Boots
Let’s get into the list.
Best Vegan Hiking Boots for 2019
Arc’teryx are known for their high quality technical wear, and that extends to their hiking boots.
These Bora Mid’s are made of a synthetic material rather than leather, and are completely vegan.
They come with a GORE-TEX protection to make sure they stay waterproof, a Vibram outsole, an injected EVA midsole for cushining, and includes a moulded Ortholite footbed to keep you comfortable even on extended hikes.
Will’s Vegan Shoes have been mentioned before on this blog as a highly recommended vegan shoe brand.
Their hiking boots won’t let you down.
They are ethically made in Italy, and delivered in non-treated paper and cardboard packaging to minimize it’s environmental impact, through a carbon-neutral supply chain. All of their shoes are completely vegan.
This popular vegan shoe brand also have a hiking boot.
The All Terrain Pro Hiker has an anti-slip sole, is water resistant, and breathable. The toe and heel are protected by Keprotec to protect against wear, meaning these will last you a long time.
The All Terrain Pro Hiker’s also have Eco-OrtoLite insoles for comfort and support.
Merrell are an established hiking footwear and clothing brand you’ve probably heard of.
What you might not have known is that they have a whole range of vegan hiking shoes for men and women.
You can be certain the quality is going to be high and they’re truly built for hiking without compromises.
The hiking shoe in the picture above is the Women’s MTL Cirrus and comes with a Vibram MegaGrip sole, TrailProtect rock plate protects, a breathable mesh lining and a mesh upper, as well as a host of other nice materials and features to support you on the trail.
These Vivobarefoot vegan hiking shoes look a little different to many of the other shoes here.
They are light, weighing in at 253 grams. They’re water resistant, are made without any sewing, and have a neoprene ankle sock to keep out dust, rocks, insects, and anything else trying to get into your shoe.
They contain a removeable thermal insole to keep your feet warm even in colder climates.
Our high-performance, lightweight off-road hiking shoe: ready for barefoot adventures in any weather and on the toughest terrains.
The Veggie Trekker MK5’s are a high quality robust hiking boot.
The upper may look like leather, but it’s made of Vegetan Mycro, which is a soft to touch polyester substrate with polyurethane covering. It can be polished, or left to wear.
As you would expect with any good hiking boot they come with a replaceable dual-compound Vibram outer sole. The rubber rand around the lower half of the boot helps keep your feet dry, and makes them easier to resole down the line.
The Fitzsimmons TrekLite hiking boots are another stellar vegan hiking boot.
They’ll keep you warm in the winter with a microfleece lining and brushed fiber collar and tongue.
You’ll stay dry with the Scotchgard and ripstop nlyon water repellent systems. They also have a Treklite two-part outsole, developed by Native Shoes to keep your feet comfortable all day.
If you love the outdoors and prefer to run instead of walk, these shoes are for you.
These Topo Athletics trail shoes are inspired by ultrarunners. They’re designed to keep your feet cushioned all day with a Vibram XS Trek outsole and a 3 piece multi-density EVA midsole.
They also feature what they call ‘drainage gills’ to ensure any water in your shoes has a run off point so you can dry off quickly.
Every part of these shoes are designed to last on the trail at any speed you’re going. Topo Athletics also have a range of other vegan hiking shoes here.
These Treksta vegan hiking boots are an ideal all season trail shoe.
They have a Gore-Text XCR waterproof and breathable membrane, and a supportive mid-height design.
The IceLock/Hypergrip sole is designed for all conditions and adding support to that is a a Zero-Gravity EVA midsole to ensure your feet and ankles are always supported.
They’re breathable, and quick-drying if you’re trekking in wet weather.
The Lyxa GTX Mids are a 100% vegan women’s hiking boot with every feature you need for comfort on long hikes.
They have a Gore-Tex Lining to make sure they’re highly breathable and waterproof, keeping you warm in the cold and cool when it’s hot.
They don’t have a Vibram sole, but do have Lowa’s own Elika Sole, complemented by a Dual Density DURA PU midsole.
Wrap Up – Best Vegan Hiking Boots
We hope this list has been useful. These vegan trekking shoes are all from reputable brands and should be an ideal choice.
Most brands on this list will also have a selection of other boots that could be what you’re looking for, so dig in and find your ideal pair!