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Best Vegan Hiking Boots and Shoes 2024

These 100% vegan walking boots contain no leather, gelatin or animal-derived glues or dyes. But they’re still grippy, protective and supportive – perfect for your hiking adventures.

If you’re a vegan and love the outdoors, it can be a little tricky finding a pair of hiking boots or hiking shoes that match your ethics. Traditionally walking boots contain leather (usually from a cowhide), while numerous other animal-derived products – glues, dyes and gelatin – are used in the manufacturing process. All of this is (obviously) non vegan friendly, but there is viable alternative.

The growing popularity of the vegan movement – coupled with the emergence of plant-based and synthetic materials that replicate the properties of leather – has seen several brands release 100% vegan boots. These pairs contain no animal-derived products, but still perform excellently out on the trail – they’re sufficiently grippy, protective, supportive, comfy and waterproof for any adventure.

But a word of warning before you start shopping: the vegan boots market can be a little confusing and plagued with ambiguous marketing.  For absolute peace of mind, it’s always wise to choose a pair specifically marketed as ‘100% vegan’ or ‘vegan friendly’ – a guarantee of their credentials. Boots described as ‘leather-free’, however, can potentially be misleading. They definitely won’t feature animal skin leather, but they might still use pesky gelatin-based components, animal dyes or fish-derived glues. Labelling can be frustratingly vague too. If in any doubt, it’s best to ask for clarification from the manufacturer.

OM’s Will Renwick with the Haglofs LIM Proof Mid

That’s the vegan angle dealt with, but how do you choose the right pair of boots or shoes for you? The decision-making process is very similar to buying non-vegan boots – and our buyer’s guides for both three-season boots and lightweight boots have a wealth of tips and tricks. We’ve also done the leg work for you here, with our round-up of the best vegan walking boots and shoes for 2024 – happy walking vegans! Not bothered whether your boots are vegan or not? Check our out round up to the year’s best walking boots.

Vegan Boots & Shoes On Test

We’ve scoured the market for the best vegan boots and shoes out there, with a wide variety in terms of price, features and styles. Here are our favourites:

  • Best Overall Vegan Hiking Boot: Lowa Trek Evo
  • Best Vegan Walking Shoe Merrell MQM Flex 2 Mid GTX
  • Best Lightweight Vegan  Walking Boot: Inov-8 Roclite G 345 V2 GTX
  • Best Vegan Mountaineering Boot: Arc’teryx Acrux TR GTX
  • Best Value Vegan Hiking Boot: Keen NXIS Evo


Best Overall Vegan Hiking Boot

Lowa Trek Evo Mid

Price: £229
Weight: 570g
Best for: Three-season hiking and backpacking
What we liked: The fact it can resoled, grip and protection
What we didn’t like: Nothing

This is an excellent boot that really impressed us in our tests. In fact, it made it into our list of the best walking boots full stop (vegan or not). One great aspect about it is that it has a two zone lacing system, letting you tweak the fit at the forefoot and at the top of the ankle to get a really precise and secure fit. We also liked the overall balance between durability, protection and breathability and the grippy rubber compound and the lug design which offers trail running shoe-like bite. 

As well as being fully vegan, these boots are also free from PFCs and, perhaps best of all, they’re designed so that they can be resoled if and when the outsole’s grip wears out – that’s something you don’t often tend to see with modern, fully synthetic boots.  

Full Specifications

Available in men’s and women’s versions / synthetic  upper with Gore-tex liner / Vibram Rock Track Sense outsole  / PU mid sole / two-zone lacing system / tully resoleable.

Read our full Lowa Trek Evo review.



Best Vegan Walking Shoe

Merrell MQM Flex 2 Mid GTX

Price: £120
Weight: 788g
Vegan credentials: Merrell says “Vegan friendly, uses 0% animal products”
Best for: General hiking, day hikes
What we Liked: Waterproof, lightweight, comfy
What we didn’t like: The long term durability remains to be seen

The MQM here stands for ‘Moving Quickly in the Mountains’ – and that’s exactly what you’re expected to do with these vegan boots. Designed to combine all of the best features of a trail running trainer and a traditional hiking boot into one fast, light and protective boot, the Merrell MQM Flex 2 Mid GTX is an upgrade of one of Merrell’s best-selling boots. It’s waterproof, comfy, supportive and grippy, with just the right amount of cushion. The uppers are pretty durable and the tread is excellent.

Read our full review of the shoe version of the Merrell MQM Flex 2 GTX review


Best Lightweight Vegan Walking Boot

Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX V2

Price: £155
Weight: 690g
Vegan credentials: Inov-8 says “All of our shoes that do not include leather and/or suede are vegan”
Best for: Mountain hiking, long-distance trails
What we liked: Graphene grip, super-comfy, lightweight
What we didn’t like: The uppers are on the flimsy side

Ultra-lightweight, super-comfy straight out of the box, and featuring unrivalled traction, the Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX from Lake District-based brand Inov-8 is a an excellent mid boot for those who like to move fast, light and nimbly in the mountains. Its biggest selling point is the use of graphene – the world’s strongest material – in the outsole, providing top-notch grip over mixed terrain. You also get a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane to keep your feet dry and a ‘powerflow’ midsole for a cushioned ride.

Read our full Inov-8 Roclite G 345 GTX (V1) review.



Best Vegan Mountaineering Boot

Arc’teryx Acrux LT GTX

Price: £220
Weight: 1,100g
Vegan credentials: Arc’teryx says “neither materials nor adhesives are animal-based”
Best for: Alpine hiking, scrambling and mountaineering
What we liked: Ankle support, protection, durability
What we didn’t like: Quite expensive, take a bit of breaking in

The Arc’teryx Acrux LT is a sleek and streamlined climbing and mountaineering boot that is perfect for three-season alpine use. In our tests, we found it offered precision and feel on steep rock and ice, with plenty of heel-to-toe stiffness, enabling the Acrux LTs to be paired with C2 crampons.

The upper is made from an ultralight woven polyester fabric called ‘SuperFabric’. This looks and feels a lot like ballistic nylon and, similarly, is designed to be flexible but exceptionally abrasion resistant.

This boot is not directly marketed as vegan, but Arc’teryx told us: “The Acrux LT GTX is considered to be vegan, no materials nor adhesives used on this particular model are animal-based products.”

Read our full Arc’teryx Acrux LT review.



Best Value Vegan Hiking Boot

Keen NXIS Evo

Price: £115
Weight: 429g
Best for: Light trails
What we liked: Comfortable fit, good weatherproofing, lightweight
What we didn’t like: Lack of long term durability

What we really liked about these during our tests was their comfortable fit. As it typical of Keen boots, they have a loose toe box that allows a bit of wiggle room, but they also don’t fall short on protection and support. Like many of the boots on this page, these are best suited to three-season hikes and on terrain that isn’t too technical or challenging. They do offer protection from wet weather and we found that they can capably block out sharp stuff underfoot, but the walls of the uppers are on the thin side. At 4mm in depth, the lugs provide enough grip on light to medium trails, but we found they did fall short on very steep and muddy slopes. 

Keen make a few other vegan-friendly boots and shoes, including the Terradora, the Uneek and the Newport H2. 

Full Specifications

Available in men’s and women’s versions / 7mm toe to heel drop / 4mm lugs / mesh upper with TPU overlays / injected EVA midsole / KEEN.ALL-TERRAIN rubber outsole / PU insole / stability shank / KEEN.DRY waterproof membrane / anti odour treatment / PFC-free DWR.

Read our full Keen NXIS Evo review.



La Sportiva Trango Trek GTX

Price: £215
Weight: 820g
Vegan credentials: La Sportiva says it has boots “without any animal components…for vegan customers”
Best for: Winter, mountaineering, technical hiking
What we liked: Sturdy, durable, supportive
What we didn’t like: Quite expensive

Designed for rugged, rocky adventures, this boot is sturdy, durable and very protective. Just like the Arc’teryx Acrux Lt, this is a true mountaineering vegan boot. It has a waterproof Gore-Tex lining that will keep your feet dry, even if you’re plodding through a river, marshes, or the heavens have opened above you and an abrasion-resistant polyester has been used on the upper alongside a patented TPU Thermo Tech Application, ensuring superb durability. This is a three-season option that has been built to take scrapes, to grip on rocks, and to take the wear and tear that the wild can throw your way. The Vibram Mulaz outsole has a technical edging platform and aggressive rear lugs which offer fantastic grip and traction and will mean you won’t have to worry about your step nearly as much as in a lesser boot.

Read our full La Sportiva Trango Trek GTX review.



Haglöfs L.I.M Proof Mid

Price: £130
Weight: 385g
Vegan Credentials: Proof Eco, fluorocarbon free and bluesign® approved membrane, recycled lining, climate neutral company
Best for: Trail walking, three-season hiking, city life
What we liked:  Ultralightweight, waterproof
What we didn’t like: Slightly flimsy upper and loose support at ankle

This is a hiking boot that’s designed with fast and light adventures in mind, with the core essentials focussed and the materials refined to bring that gramme-count as low down the scale as possible. As we’ve come to expect from Haglöfs, there are some admirable eco aspects to it as well.

The upper is relatively thin, with mainly just a breathable mesh with TPU reinforcements and foam padding around the ankle. Then of course there’s the waterproof membrane, which is Haglöfs’ own Proof Eco, a fabric that’s made either from recycled or bluesign approved materials that are completely free from the environmentally hazardous PFCs often used for waterproof footwear. The outsole is much like the kind of one you’d find on a trail running shoe, with 4mm multi-directions lugs and a fairly sticky rubber compound bringing a decent bit of grip to proceedings.

Selected for our Outdoor 100 – Read our full Haglöfs L.I.M. Mid Proof Eco review. 



Altberg Dalesway Vegan

Price: £194.99
Weight: 630g
Vegan credentials: Altberg says “completely free of animal products”
Best for: Day hikes, countryside walks
What we liked: Waterproof, sturdy, lightweight, classic faux leather look
What we didn’t like: Could do with more of a toe bumper

Of all the products in this list, the Altberg Dalesway Vegan most resembles the look and feel of a traditional leather hiking boot – but it’s 100% vegan. With a classic English rambler style, the Altberg Dalesway Vegan – now in its second generation – is made from lorica. An alternative to leather and nubuck, lorica is a man-made microporous material, which is completely free of animal products. The boot also features a recyclable Sympatex waterproof lining. The sole is Vibram with good stiffness and support on rough terrain. It’s ideal for British hills, dales and lower-level Lakeland walks and hikes.


Merrell Moab Speed GTX

Price: £125
Weight: 315g
Vegan Credentials: Recycled and vegan-friendly materials throughout
Best for: Trail hiking, three-season use
What we liked: Good eco aspects, light but sturdy
What we didn’t like: Nothing

This shoe from Merrell is designed for those who prefer to feel light-footed and agile on the trail. It’s a hybrid-type trainer, one with the comfort of a running shoe or sneaker but the protection of a walking shoe. At just 315g, it’s 130g lighter than the previous Moab, but during our tests, we’ve found it just as stable, comfortable and protective.

Most impressive, however, are Merrell’s new sustainability efforts, aiming to lower the overall impact of their products on the environment. They’ve swapped out a bunch of materials for recycled ones including the laces and the mesh lining, for instance, which use a material produced from recycled plastic bottles. The footbed additionally uses a 50% recycled top sheet material and the Vibram sole is made from a minimum of 30% recycled rubber.

Selected for our Green Gear Guide – Read our full Merrell Moab Speed GTX review. 



Salomon Outpulse Mid GTX

Price: £115.50
Weight: 380g
Best for: Light trails
What we liked: Very light and nimble, good weatherproofing
What we didn’t like: Not much foot protection or ankle support

We’re currently in the process of double checking this is fully vegan (we’ll update this when we hear back from Salomon), however to the naked eye it appears it’s at least free from animal derived textiles. The upper is made from a stretchy synthetic mesh backed by a Gore-tex waterproof membrane and there’s a small TPU coating at the toes to add a bit of robustness there. 

In our tests, we found these to be light, nimble and great for hikes in warm weather. They also have a casual look so these have potential both on and off the hill. Those who like a solid and protective boot might want to look elsewhere as they have quite a bit of flex and relaxed feel and fit. 

Full Specifications

Available in men’s and women’s versions / synthetic upper / TPU toe protection / rubber outsole / textile lining and insole / Gore-tex waterproof membrane / 9mm heel to toe drop. 

Read our full Salomon Outpulse review.



On Cloudrock 2

Price: £195
Weight: 405g
Best for: Three-season hiking and casual wear
What we like: Lightweight, breathable, comfortable
What we don’t like: Some lack of durability and the sole is prone to clogging

What’s most notable about these when you first try them on is the feel of the ‘clouds’ on the outsole. These are essentially hollow rubber pods that are designed to closely respond to the wearer’s own stride and gait. These create a noticeably springy feel and make your step feel nice and smooth and while the initial feeling stands out, you do quickly get used to it. Their downside, we found, is that the pods can end up getting clogged up with dirt and debris. OK, most shoe soles end up attracting muck, but these seem to attract just that bit more. They’re also quite light and, while this might suit those who like to feel fleet footed, it does also mean that these aren’t the most hardy durable of boots out there. 

Still, from our tests, these were comfortable, grippy on a range of surfaces, waterproof and breathable. They’re a little on the cold side for deep winter days, but they suit three-season hiking well. 

They’re free from leather and other animal products – you can count on them being entirely vegan.  

Full Specifications

Available in men’s and women’s versions / MissionGrip rubber outsole / TPU toe cap / synthetic upper with mesh panels / 9mm heel to toe drop / 20% recycled materials in the waterproof membrane. 

Read our full review of the original On Cloudrock.


The original version of this article was written by James Forrest. Recent updates have been made by Will Renwick.

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