Most sneakers are manufactured using dangerous chemicals that eek into our environment and bodies. Sneakers are a must-have in our modern world though, so what to do? Choose eco! You don’t even need to google, because I’ve done the trying on and testing for you! The following companies are all doing things in a responsible manner, and look just as cool as any other brand (if not cooler because you get brownie points for supporting small green businesses.)
Check out my favorites:
I love my grey sneakers from Lane Eight. They are made with a vegan microfiber, recycled polyester thread – each shoe is made from 11 recycled plastic bottles! The insole is made from algae (yes, algae!) which gives back 31.5 liters of water back to the ocean, and reduces 64 cubic meters of carbon from the atmosphere!
Shop my comfy grey ones here:
I have two pairs of these funky Avre sneakers – they are made from recycled plastic which is melted down, reformulated, and spun into yarn! Overall this helps reduce energy, waste, and water. I have a black and white pair, and a pink one. The pink is a fun pop of color. I’ve been wearing the black and white ones on hikes with legging and sweats, or with black skinny jeans.
Shop the black and white style here:
And the pink ones here:
Veja sneakers are perfect with jeans, dresses, and leggings. The company offers a few vegan style options, and they have cute kiddo styles too. I have a white pair, and find that I’m wearing them in the spring and fall the most. They are made of faux leather, or canvas – mine are faux leather with a rubber sole.
Looks like mine are sold out- but shop a similar pair here:
This brand is not entirely vegan, but has a few vegan options. It’s always nice to support brands’ vegan options to show companies our buying power! Often companies will lessen production of their non-vegan or non-eco items to produce more animal-friendly skews if demand has shown it to be profitable. I wear the white canvas lace ups with jeans, and dresses to style them down. Cariuma does have sustainability practices- responsibly sourced materials, fair wages, and they give back to charitable organizations.
Shop my white canvas shoes here: