* Leave your footprint, not a carbon imprint
* Vegan slides, sandals and slip-on shoes for the summer
* Designed for movement; hiking, running and water activities
Vegan and eco-friendly attire and footwear are on the rise as brands acknowledge consumer’s interests in more sustainably-minded products. From travel backpacks made with recycled materials to eco-conscious smartphone cases, there are many ways to shop more conscientiously. But it becomes a tricky balance when you want to invest in environmentally sensitive everyday items but you also need them to be high-quality, durable and fit your needs for an active lifestyle. We rounded up these four pairs of shoes featuring slides, sandals and slip-on styles that are all made with animal-free materials and eco-textiles. The best part is that they are designed specifically for a rugged outdoor life so they can handle river trips, long runs in the city, rocky trailheads and beach excursions. There is a style for every type of trip you are planning this spring and summer, and you can feel extra good about your purchase because of the low-impact these shoes have on the planet.
1. Teva Premier Sandal
Teva makes some of the most well-known outdoor shoes on the market because they have been tried and tested for years to stay on your feet during adventures and last for years even on the most aggressive terrain. Their line of vegan and cruelty-free sandals and shoes are made without harming any animals and the brand hopes to continue making more styles with this ethos in mind. This pair of sandals are made with a thick rubber sole that is super comfortable and has enough traction to give you support on rocky trails, while the polyester straps are quick-drying and adjustable for a custom foot feel.
2. VivoBarefoot Primus Trainer
For the avid runner who has been waiting for the weather to turn the slush on the streets to open, clean concrete, these lightweight trainers are for you. The Vivobarefoot brand makes travel-ready footwear that is both easy to pack and supports important parts of the foot while active. This design is made with a breathable mesh across the foot, adjustable laces and are completely vegan. The foam insole protects the foot while running but still gives users the feeling that they are running barefoot, which means room for toes to spread out and your foot to naturally respond to the ground below.
3. Sanuk Hemp Slip-Ons
These hemp shoes from Sanuk are the perfect eco-friendly piece of footwear for those who appreciate the long-lasting features of this plant-based material and want a lightweight shoe to run around in all summer long. Their Sidewalk Surfer shoe is exactly that, meant for the beach-comber who needs a comfortable and cool style to keep up with surf trips and walks from the beach to the bar. Designed with handmade hemp, a lined in-sole and a non-microbial treatment to keep shoes fresh even after wet feet have put them to good use.
4. Reef Slide Sandals
Made with eco-friendly materials that are even biodegradable, these sustainable Reef sandals are a classic slide-on summer shoe. These waterproof (and machine-washable) sandals have a very comfortable footbed so you can wear for hours on end without discomfort and the soft padded strap keeps your toes supported and in place while exploring marine life by the sea and camping trips in the woods.