As you probably know by now Gear Greed is a vegan supporting digital magazine. We’ve spent some time talking with other vegetarians and vegans in order to get the best idea on their style and fashion needs. This is where this top 10 guide takes place. We decided to narrow down the 10 best vegan hiking boots that are available to buy in 2018. To our surprise there are actually many vegan friendly boots out there.
Geargreed has gathered the 10 best vegan hiking boots that are available for purchase in 2018.
There are a thousand reasons why people choose a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle. Too many to even touch upon here. That’s a different article. Our research into the world of vegan footwear has verified that there are 0 limitations if you are considering making some changes as a consumer, small or big, you don’t really need to compromise quality and performance quite as much as you may think. If at all.
How to choose vegan hiking boots
The first and most obvious thing to look for is the materials the boots are made from. There are loads of synthetic and non-leather hiking boots out there. Many of which perform equally well, if not better, than leather hiking boots. This depends on what you are looking for in a hiking boot, but for many hikers, choosing synthetic hiking boots is preferable whether they are vegan or not.
Secondly, and much less obviously, the glue that holds your boots together should be looked at a little more closely. Many synthetic hiking boots and shoes aren’t advertised as vegan because many manufacturers use glue that contains animal products. Or unknown ingredients. This immediately makes things tricky for vegans and vegetarians which means that, much more care is needed when choosing vegan hiking boots.
Some brands clearly state when their products are vegan, but others are a little ambiguous – especially when it comes to the contents of the glues used on their shoes and boots. So if you are unsure, then the best course of action is to contact the companies and brands directly to put your mind at ease.
When buying a new pair of vegan hiking boots, you also need to consider all the usual things that one needs in a pair of great boots. These are: comfort, fit, support, good value etc.
So from our research into what we would choose if we were to buy vegan hiking boots, we have discovered some really great options that we would definitely consider regardless of our vegan/vegetarian values:
Check below The 10 Best Vegan Hiking Boots in 2018:
Arcteryx Bora Mid GTX
Combining the comfort and agility of an approach shoe with the support and stability of a hiking boot, the Arc’teryx Bora Mid GTX hiking boots offer a truly excellent option for vegan backpackers and trekkers. Complete with a Vibram outsole for excellent grip and stability, and a Gore-tex lining to keep the water out, these breathable and super lightweight boots tick all the right boxes when it comes to performance in varied conditions. But what makes them really stand out is the separate internal lining that stretches around the foot for a custom fit that is super comfortable. The absence of a tongue further adds to their slipper-like feel and low weight. The Bora’s also feature seamless uppers that maximise abrasion resistance and durability, whilst minimising seam failure.
The Lowa Innox GTX is another excellent lightweight option for trekkers and backpackers that like to stay nimble on their feet and move fast. With a more traditional synthetic design compared with the Arc’teryx Bora’s, these waterproof boots still manage to keep their weight down and comfort high via the Gore-tex lining and Double Injection DuraPU midsole. Although they will struggle to compete when it comes to durability, you know exactly what you’re getting with Lowa boots when it comes to fit and comfort.
These ultralight mountaineering boots may not be designed for the pedestrian hiker, but on winter alpine expeditions these are the top choice for the vegan mountaineer. La Sportiva have reached new heights when it comes to maximising out of box comfort; the seamless upper and direct-inject lacing system resists abrasion and also reduces weight. And the Gore-Tex lining ensures waterproof protection in even the most challenging winter conditions. As one of the lightest mountaineering boots on the market, these vegan winter boots make for an excellent choice for alpine hikers and ice climbers alike. Compatible with hybrid crampons and supported by Vibram soles, you will struggle to find a more comfortable boot of this grade.
The Veggie Trekker MK 5 does a very good job of looking the part, and despite the lack of Gore-tex lining, steps up to its great expectations too. It is a very well made vegan hiking boot that is sturdy and robust and will deal with tough long days of trekking excellently well. The Vibram outsole has deep and chunky lugs that are super grippy, and together with the tough breathable micro-fibre uppers, will take on challenging terrain year round. These boots are superbly well made and will certainly go the distance in terms of durability. Their main downfall is that the Wind-Tex lining is only wind and water resistant, not fully waterproof and windproof.
If you’re looking for a pair of vegan hiking boots that offer good protection, are super supportive and are highly comfortable, then look no further. Mammut have done a great job of creating an all synthetic boot that provides excellent support for the wearer without going overboard on stiffness, even when lugging around a big and heavy pack. Memo Foam cushioning keeps your feet happy for days of backpacking by returning to its original shape after wear. And the Mammut Rolling Concept also contributes to the comfort levels and reduces fatigue by supporting the natural roll of the foot. The Gore-Tex membrane nicely rounds off this high quality boot that is ideal for long distance backpackers looking for a good combination of protection and comfort.
Eco Vegan Shoes are one of the few vegan shoe companies that can boast a fully waterproof walking boot. They have adopted Schoeller’s Ecorepel system that acts in a similar way to the feathers of waterfowl. Ecorepel is also flurocarbon free, compared with other water repellant finishes; a big tick from an environmental viewpoint. In addition to this, the breathable micro-fibre and Advanced Swiss Fabric, also from Schoeller, helps to provide all round good levels of protection from the elements either out in the wild or about town. The lightweight and durable sole adds to the comfort and good quality that will step up to lengthy day hikes and hill walks.
A first glance at these unusual looking vegan hiking boots and you will immediately connect them to Altra’s usual line of footwear, the trail runner. But Altra have branched out into the hiking world with this debut boot that has taken all the best parts of lightweight running shoes and made them fit for the mountains. The result is an ultra lightweight mid-height boot that is barely much heavier than a regular running shoe, but with stability and robustness that can easily handle the alpine environment. Altra use Polartec Neoshell to provide a waterproof layer on the outside of the boot, and have gaiter attachment points for when things get really wet. With a wide toe box and all the comfort of a running shoe, these boots are made for fast and light hikers or trail runners wanting an extra bit of support when carrying a load.
Kevlar and Cordura are the synthetic components of the Zamberlan uppers. Cordura is renowned for tear and abrasion resistance whilst maintaining breathability – not usually associated with leather uppers. And with a Vibram rubber outsole, enhanced with thermoplastic urethane stabilizers, there is not a scrap of leather to be found. What these mid-height boots do offer though is excellent stability and support for those trekking with a heavy load. Much like the Mammut T Aenergy boots, they are the lightweight solution to stiff trekking boots, without compromising on quality and toughness. The Gore-Tex membrane (also not made of leather!) adds to their versatility and the flexible outsole will keep you skipping along happily on most surfaces.
With the feel of a running shoe but the performance of a boot, it’s no wonder that the Terrex Swifts have been getting consistently great reviews for so many years. The Adiprene shock absorbent foam midsole contributes to the overall comfortable feel of these lightweight boots. And although the lugs of the Traxion rubber outsole are relatively shallow, they do a great job at getting to grips with almost every type of hike you can throw at them. Better suited to narrow feet, the Swifts also run a little bigger than your usual foot size, so it’s worth ordering a couple of pairs, or trying before you buy.
These boots compete fiercely with Mammut and Zamberlan for a stable, waterproof and super lightweight boot that will support hiking with a load in varied hiking conditions.
These Merrell vegan hiking boots are an excellent option for fast and light hikers. With out of box comfort and shock absorption from the Merrell air cushion in the heel, it would be easy to mistake this mid-height hiking boot for a walking trainer or running shoe. The balance of rigidity through the midsole and heel, and good flexibility and traction of the Vibram outsole makes the Capra ideal for scrambling and off-roading without compromising on support through the ankle and heel. Although their thin synthetic upper may not provide enough warmth in snowy conditions, the breathable Gore-Tex membrane will at least keep the water out if the conditions and terrain are more on the wet side.