Not all synthetic boots are vegan-friendly
It is quite hard to find a good quality vegan hiking boots finding a synthetic boot isn’t a big deal. But, knowing the origin of the glue is tricky. Occasionally, other components of the boots may include some animal products. You have to look really carefully to avoid inadvertently buying a pair that contains animal-derived products.
Below are some hiking boot options that are truly vegan-friendly. They are all well-made, comfortable, tried and tested, as well as free from products derived from animals. Truly, cruelty free footwear.
Vegan-friendly TrekSta Evolution Myth GTX hiking boots
These are a great mid-range option. The following features make them an excellent choice:
- Good level of support
- Mid-range so suitable for all seasons
- Gore-tex synthetic uppers
- Breathable membrane
- Low profile tread
- Flexible yet durable outsole
- Micro-glass infused outsoles for extra grip
The uppers are at the top-end technically. The outer soles offer a good level of grip, but the tread is not so heavy that they pick up and hold a lot of mud.
In icy conditions, the micro glass that is infused into the soles provides a superior level of grip. From the reviews, it is clear that this is not a gimmick.
However, if you have wide feet, you might prefer another brand. Some users report that they pinch across the toes.
Lowa Innox GTX animal free hiking boots
These are made by the German firm Lowa. There are two designs. One for women, the other for men. Below is a summary of the main features:
- Light – they only weight 1,200 grams
- A great mountain/approach combi-design
- Look great as streetwear
- Hardwearing hiking boots
- High level of support
- Gore-tex upper
- Multi-layer moisture wicking configuration
It is clear that comfort is of paramount concern to the designers of these boots. They hold the foot firmly, yet there is plenty of room to wear a 2nd pair of socks. That is actually quite important. For some reason, which I cannot quite put my finger on, some users said they are not all that warm.
Their sturdiness comes from the use of high-end materials, which means they are not too bulky. The use of Gore-Tex ensures your feet can breathe properly and stay dry.
Vegan-friendly boots from the mountaineering specialists Trango
If you are looking for a pair of pro hiking boots the Trango Trk GTX is well worth considering. This Italian firm is best known for its vegan mountaineering footwear.
This year they have introduced a trekking boot that is designed for people with slender feet in mind. They feature:
- Good range of adjustment
- Ideal for those with narrow feet
- Vibram soles
- Excellent hill hold
- Flexible soles
- Gore-Tex comfort membrane
- 3D flexed ankle joint
- Ideal for warm weather hiking
- Made using sustainable materials only
These boots are good for the planet as well as animal free. If you are looking for a pair of trekking boots that will keep you safe over tricky terrain, these are a great option. Even after a whole days wear your feet will remain comfortable.