I’ve just updated this post to include Zamberlan. Happy hiking!
It’s the main reason I wanted to start this website: hiking boots
I haven’t gotten a new pair in a few years because every time I started to look online I got frustrated. I want to compile the ultimate collection of vegan outdoor gear on VeganOutdoorAdventures.com!
Some sites are awesome enough to include a “vegan” search criteria. REI is one of them. I took the extra step to contact each individual company to ensure all materials, including any glues used, are synthetic. Be careful with this feature when searching for vegan stuff. REI lists a pair of Lowa hikers as vegan, but when I contacted them directly I was told that they use so many different glues sourced from different companies that there’s no way for them to tell whether a non-leather boot is actually vegan. Bummer.
And so, in no particular order, I give you vegan hiking boots!
Merrell offers the Grasshopper Sport Mid , which on their own website is called the Grassbow, but as far as I can tell Amazon just has the name wrong. They use M-Select FRESH to prevent odor naturally, which sounds pretty exciting to me! M-Select DRY keeps water out while also letting moisture out to keep your feet dry.
Wicked Hemp makes shoes out of natural and recycled materials. The Wicked Trail
are a lower-cut boot which looks better for a light stroll in the woods than climbing mountains, but that’s awesome, too! According to their website, the hemp canvas will keep your feet cool in the summer and warm in the winter. (Also available in men’s.)
The TrekSta Evolution Mid GTX was named Editor’s Choice in 2011 by Backpacker Magazine, and for good reason. Gore-Tex makes these boots breathable, while still being waterproof and the IceLock/HyperGrip sole helps with traction in any condition. (Also available in men’s.)
The Veggie Trekkers by Vegetarian Shoes are waterproof, breathable hiking boots with Vibram soles. Vegetarian Shoes also offers the Trail Boot, which seems to be more of a lightweight, fair weather boot.
LaSportiva’s Trango S Evo GTX mountaineering boots have a 3D Flex ankle-hinge system which gives support for front-pointing while also staying flexible for walking. Vibram soles give traction no matter what the surface conditions. (Also in men’s.)
The Zamberlan SH Crosser Plus GTX RR hiking boot was Backpacker Magazine’s 2013 Editors’ Choice winner. This boot has Vibram soles for great traction, is lightweight and waterproof. Also available in men’s.
[I've removed the Scarpa boots from this list because upon further investigation, the company has said that they cannot confirm that the glues used in their shoes are completely synthetic. Hopefully in the future they will offer an 100% vegan boot option.]
Have you used any of these? Do you have any to add to the list? Let me know by leaving a comment below!