While there are many health benefits to a plant-based diet, the philosophy of Veganism goes beyond just not eating animals. The vegan ideology seeks to avoid exploitation and cruelty to animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. And though a lot of leather is a byproduct of the meat industry, this isn’t always the case.
Cutting cheese out of your diet is one thing, but letting go of leather boots is another altogether. Luckily, there are a handful of brands making high-quality boots while foregoing leather and animal-derived glues entirely. Here are 9 of our favorite pairs you can buy right now.
Native Johnny TrekLite
Made from polyurethane nubuck and rubber outsoles with a microfleece lining, these boots are a hell of a deal at just under $100. They’re water-resistant as well, meaning you can take them just about anywhere.
Vegetarian Ralph Brogues
These handsome microfiber brogues are made by the aptly named Vegetarian Shoes, and feature a corduroy lining and a slip-resistant sole.
Hunter Rubber Chelsea Boots
No boots are quite as good for trudging around in the mud as Hunter boots. The rubber and nylon construction can stand up to most anything, and the classic Chelsea pairs well with a variety of aethetics.
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Dr. Martens Chelsea Boot
Adored by vegans and punks everywhere, Dr. Martens vegan options have been a go-to for quite some time. These boots feature the patented AirWair soles as well for excellent slip resistance.
Tastemaker Exploration Hiking Boot
If you’re looking to do some hiking, the Exploration boot from Tastemaker will serve you well. Handmade in Greece, they’re water-resistant and scratch-resistant as well, making them a great versatile option.
Nae Etna Boot
Channeling classic Timberland style, the Nae Etnas feature a Goodyear welt and a rubber outsole.
Ahimsa Chris Boot
The hand-sewn stitching give these moc-toes traditional style, while the Extralight outsole gives the silhouette modern comfort.
Noah Claude Winter Boot
If you’re living somewhere with a serious winter, you owe it to yourself to get a serious winter boot. The Claude boots feature a faux fur lining for warmth, and the thick non-slip sole provides great traction on slippery surfaces.
Ground Cover Combat Boot
Ground Cover’s combat boots are made from agricultural waste, and the ultra-heavy exterior and Goodyear welt are built to last.