Vegan Running and Walking Shoes: What You Need to Know

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Choosing to adhere to a vegan lifestyle is one of the best decisions that you can make regarding your health, wellness and for the good of the environment.

It is a philosophy and way of life rooted in the conviction that a plant based diet is the highest ethical lifestyle choice to which man can aspire. This lifestyle can now extend to wardrobe choice.

And thanks to technological advancement this extends further to athleisure wear and in particular trainers. The quality and performance of vegan running shoes as well as vegan walking shoes have equaled their mainstream counterparts.

What are vegan shoes? These are ethically made shoes. Shoes made from synthetic products instead of raw materials sourced from animals such as leather or suede and where possible animal by-products. There is in fact a proliferation of vegan comfort shoes, also known as vegetarian shoes, on the market. There are a good number of vegan shoe brands such as Beyond Skin and Good Guys but even legacy sport shoe makers are getting in on the game like Vans, for example.

Check out our list of best-in-class vegan running shoes and walking shoes for 2016:

1. Saucony Originals Women's Jazz Low Pro Vegan Retro Sneaker

Saucony Originals Women's Jazz Low Pro Vegan Retro Sneaker

​Like the name suggests, the Saucony Originals Women's Jazz Low Pro Vegan Retro Sneaker is a throwback design wise. Although this shoe is sporting timeless style it is anything but out of date. In terms of craftsmanship, Saucony easily makes one of the best vegan shoes on the current market.

The upper is made from canvas and hemp while the interior is  cushioned mesh meant to protect from you from external shocks as you walk or run. The inner sole also helps to protect the feet muscles and joints from injuries. The sole is made from sturdy gum rubber that has high slip resistant capabilities.  

2. Ahnu Women's Good Karma Ballet Flat

Ahnu Women's Good Karma Ballet Flat

A criss-cross yoga flat, the Ahnu Good Kharma Vegan company is known for their style, comfort and uncompromising yoga chic and they definitely deliver with the Good Karma Ballet Flat shoe.

Made from synthetic uppers, these ballet flats are made for all day wear, from running errands to a hike in the nearest state park . The stretchy back heel provides a secure fit. The EVA foot-bed provides nice underfoot comfort. The rubber sole guarantees slip resistance. Its lightweight. This shoe is 100% animal free and vegan manufactured. Completely karma free.

3. Dr. Martens Women's Carnaby Mary Jane

Dr. Martens Women's Carnaby Mary Jane

Comfort is the hallmark of any Doc Martens shoe. They've built their company on defining the quintessential edgy comfort shoe.

With the Carnaby Mary Jane shoe, Dr. Martens combine edge with classic style to make one cool shoe. This Mary Jane features a canvas upper, cushioned foot-bed with a slip and abrasion resistant sole. The shoe features a gunmetal buckle closure offering a snug fit.

This vegan shoe conveys an ageless hipster cool no matter your age.

4. Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 Fashion Sneaker

Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 Fashion Sneaker

The Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 is a choice performance shoe. A preferred running shoe by technical runners from the 80’s. This is a classic.

The upper is made of two-tone signature faux-leather overlay at the quarter panel. The Ultimate sports an EVA midsole and flexible TPU heel offering superior support and cushioning. The enhanced stability of this shoe is brought to you  by the revolutionary outsole design that enhances stability giving runners optimal traction and shock absorption.

Easily the best technical vegan shoe on the market.

5. Saucony Originals Men's Jazz Low Pro Vegan Sneaker

Saucony Originals Men's Jazz Low Pro Vegan Sneaker

I love this shoe and its beautiful classic retro aesthetic.

The Saucony Originals Men's Jazz Low Pro Vegan Sneaker strictly adheres to vegetarian manufacturing containing no animal products, by-products, or derivatives. The shoe's uppers are made of canvas and hemp, and feature the classic Saucony design on the sides. Also there are a healthy number of color scheme options. A slip resistant rubber sole keeps this shoe durable for long walks.

Saucony really makes  some the best vegan sneakers around. So, Guys if your sitting on the fence about this one, get down and cop this one.


There you have it, my top five picks for the best ethical sneakers. So hopefully you will be inspired to take a guilt-free Eco-friendly decision to support vegan manufacturing and some of the best vegan running shoes around. Also please see our best toddler shoes list for a few vegan picks for toddlers. And although not strictly vegan, we have a robust list of some of the best walking shoes for women for 2016 that I suggest you check out. So happy reading and I hope you find that perfect shoe that fits your foot as well as lifestyle.

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