Best Vegan Hiking Boots in 2017
The ultimate guide to cruelty free hiking
It’s not as hard as most people think to get decent pair of vegan hiking boots. There are actually plenty of options available.
They are however very popular. A lot of suppliers run out of stock quickly as people are buying them quickly.
With the increase in demand for animal friendly products a lot of new models of vegan hiking boots have come onto the market. Many of these new shoes are made better than non-vegan hiking boots and use technologies never seen before.
This makes purchasing the perfect boot for your nature walks easier than ever!
More companies are beginning to understand the demand for vegan friendly shoes and we have managed to create the ultimate list of vegan hiking boot manufactures.
We decided to leave prices off the list below as they sometimes change. Click on the ‘check price’ to find out how much they currently are.
Altra – Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid
Mixed terrain lightweight hiking boot
Definitely our pick for the best vegan hiking boot of 2017.
The Lone Peak NeoShell upper is made of an innovative fabric that is designed to repel water but is breathable from the inside, keeping your feet dry and cool.
The large FootShape toe box allows your toes to spread out evenly for greater balance and stability, no matter if you are scrambling up a hillside, or out on a lengthy hike.
Another awesome feature is the flexible StoneGuard that rests above the midsole to prevent any jagged stones or rocks from digging into your feet.
Overall these boots are a great design, they are lightweight, supportive and extremely comfortable. They are more than capable of covering many different terrains, and have unbelievable grip, even on rockier trails.
Arc’teryx – Bora Mid GTX
High performance backpacking boot
If you are searching for a very light, yet stable and sturdy boot then look no further. Completely waterproof, these boots are perfect for wading through streams, mud, and over rocks, whilst keeping you sure-footed and steady.
The non-removable liner is made from a stretch nylon mono-mesh that will not absorb moisture, which is ideal for quick-drying.
Superbly comfortable and designed for even the harshest of environments, these boots combine the awesome agility of an approach shoe with the stability and protection of a mountaineering boot.
Let’s not forget the front and rear loops that let you easily slip the boot on and lace hooks that allow you to get that perfect fit. The built-in Gore-Tex liner also keeps small bits of debris out of the shoe, which is essential for long treks.
These boots are fairly expensive but as with all their other products, Arc’teryx have designed everything down to the last detail, so are worth the price tag, if you can afford it.
Eco Vegan Shoes – All Terrain Pro Waterproof Hiker Black
Comfy, flexible, supportive and hygienic
Finally, a totally water resistant, strong and comfy vegan hiking shoe.
Fantastic for all terrains, with a highly durable anti-slip sole, the waterproof sock construction will keep you warm and dry, whatever the weather or conditions. The laces are also cleverly kept on the outside of the boot to keep water at bay.
With the addition of blueSchoeller ® fabric these boots are super flexible!
Most importantly these boots are also ethically made. Eco Vegan Shoes only work with ethical production partners and ensure that their products have a low ecological impact by choosing the right materials.
Lowa – Innox Gore-tex Mid Hiking Boot
Light, yet surprisingly robust
Amazingly versatile and practical, Lowa has set the standard very high with this hiking boot. The Gore-Tex keeps the wet out and the shoe remains very breathable under most conditions.
The traction is also something these boots can boast about, even on slippery and wet rocks. With tough synthetic soles and uppers, the Innox Gore-Tex is super stable and supportive, keeping you steady when you are moving fast or over uneven terrain. Let’s also not forget about style, these boots look incredibly good, as well as offering superb performance on various types of trails.
Perfect for day hikes or overnight adventures, we can’t find anything here to complain about. These boots are reliable, vegan-friendly, sturdy and stylish. What more can you ask for?
Mammut – MAMMUT T Aenergy GTX – phenomenal grip and support
Next up on our list are the supremely comfortable boots from Mammut. The Mammut T Aenergy GTX Hiking Boots feature Gore-Tex waterproof technology that’s guaranteed to keep your feet dry when you’re stomping through puddles and jumping across streams.
Uphill, these boots cope well in muddy sections, mixed terrain and wet grass and the sole grips securely in both wet and dry conditions. Another great feature is that the hybrid shell uses a blend of synthetic materials that provide the boot with rigidity where it is needed but is flexible and supple elsewhere for a decent fit.
We certainly think that the T Aenergy GTX is not only stylish but is a versatile and light-weight boot which is suitable for backpacking and mountain walking in most environments.
Merrell – Merrell Capra Sport Gore-Tex Hiking Boot –scramble friendly
Relatively lightweight, these boots have great traction and are nimble and flexible. The Gore-Tex fabric is wonderfully breathable, even on a hot day. They protect the feet well on rocky trails and are a high-performance boot. You can’t fault the traction, the grip keeps you very stable, even on mossy inclines.
With regards to comfort, you won’t need to worry about pressure points or chafing. Even after a long hike, you won’t get that ‘I can’t wait to take these boots off’ feeling.
If you like a mix of hiking and scrambling, these boots are the right fit for you, with no limitations on terrain.
TrekSta – sure footing on any surface
TrekSta offer a mid-height vegan hiking boot that has outstanding agility. They are nimble and weigh in at under just two pounds per pair.
Gone are the days where the soles of hiking boots were thick, hard and made of rubber; the sole on these boots are incredibly supple. In addition, they have a low-profile tread so they don’t collect mud. There are also tiny pods in the treads of the sole contain two very smart compounds. One is the IceLock that reduces slippage on ice, and the second is called HyperGrip which offers superior traction on wet surfaces.
The NestFIT system supports your feet taking in every curve as it is designed to follow the contour of your foot. If that wasn’t enough, the triple-density EVA insole supports and cushions the arch of the foot.
With fantastic support, impressive technology and expert traction in any condition, these boots are certainly worth checking out.
Vegetarian Shoes – Mid Brown – comfy and flexible
This three-season hiking boot is made with soft but durable fake-suede breathable canvas uppers. They also have a water-resistant membrane lining with padded insoles and tongue, making this boot extremely comfortable. The nimble, Italian made dual density sole unit has excellent traction properties.
It is also worth pointing out that the membrane lining needs zero maintenance and the upper can be treated and cleaned the same as conventional suede.
Vegetarian Shoes has a great reputation for making fantastic vegetarian shoes under fair trade policies, so go check out these boots and their website!
Merrell Capra Mid Sport – great for steep climbs
The Mid Sport GTX lightweight hiking boot is made for those whose idea of a trail is on the more vertical side. Keeping you sure-footed, even at speed, these boots are designed for steeper climbs and adrenaline fuelled scrambles.
Underneath this boot, the sole takes its design and inspiration from the hoof of a mountain goat to ensure you have a good grip. It doesn’t matter what the weather has in store for you, the Gore-Tex, waterproof membrane will protect your feet from wet conditions and keep them snug and dry.
Whilst keeping the boot as light as possible, the Capra Mid Sport has a wonderfully sturdy lacing system. Other features include M-Select FRESH odour control and a bellows tongue to keep debris out.
La Sportiva Trango Cube GTX Mountaineering – high altitude heaven
Winner of the Gear Institute’s Best New Gear Aware at the Outdoor Retailers Summer 2013 show, this superbly light mountaineering boot makes any high-altitude pursuit an experience to remember.
There are no seams on the upper of this boot, which is designed with waterproof QB3 and FlexTex 2 fabrics to keep external water away from your toes. As well as that, the comfort lining ensures that your entire foot has a waterproof, climate-controlled and breathable environment at all times.
The revolutionary lacing system removes the need for stitching and uses thermos plastic covered loops and hooks. Another great design implementation is the 3-D flex system which provides a firm grip on the ground at all times.
Overall this is a sturdy, well-engineered boot that can cope with the wintriest of conditions and even at the end of a long trek, you will still feel as if you have a spring in your step because they are so light.
Veggie Trekker MK 5 – wonderfully waterproof
Vegetarian Shoes boast that this is the best version of their boot yet and they may well be right.
These boots come equipped with a one-piece water resistant and breathable upper layer. They are lightweight and have a Wind-Tex breathable and water-resistance membrane lining for warmth and cushioning.
The dual-compound Vibram outer sole is fully repairable and replaceable and has a moulded toe bumper and sole that is designed for great traction. Indeed, these can be used in every terrain imaginable, including wet tundra, rocky slopes and even across glacial rivers.
Let’s look again how waterproof these boots actually are. As long as the water isn’t deeper than the top of your boot, your feet will still stay dry. They hold up well to the test of time as well, which makes them even more appealing to the long term hiker.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Swift R Mid – rugged and reliable
These popular ultra lightweight boots are suitable for light hiking tours and trail running. The upper is made from synthetic Gore-Tex and is gusseted with a tongue, which will keep you protected from water and soggy feet.
This is an incredibly flexible boot containing Adidas’s AdiPrene midsole technology, which is highly shock absorbent and made from durable foam. In addition, it absorbs high impact and reduces the chance of injury.
The traction on this boot is not something to be sniffed at, the sole has very deep lugs that provide an amazing grip in any condition. When you put these boots on, they have the snug feeling of a running shoe, rather than a boot, making them very comfortable.
A durable, rugged boot with very reliable performance, these boots are a definite contender when considering your next vegan hiking boot purchase.