The Best Vegan Minimalist Shoe Brands for All Occasions

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I’ve only worn minimalist shoes for the last 9 years or so, since first reading Born to Run.

The only problem is that many minimalist shoes are not vegan, and unless you’re really into minimalist shoes, vegan ones can be hard to find.

Lucky for you, I am.

And I’m going to share with you the best brands for vegans looking for minimalist shoes.

These brands cover all the main types of shoes:

  • Runners
  • Hiking shoes
  • Casual
  • Sandals
  • Dress shoes
  • Work and winter boots

These are in no particular order, but let’s jump in.

1. Vivo Barefoot

Types of shoes sold: Running, Casual

vivo barefoot

Vivo Barefoot, the makers of the infamous Five Finger Vibram shoes, has grown a lot in recent years.

It’s pretty easy to find their products in other online stores, no matter where you live.

They have a line of vegan shoes, with a pretty wide selection. The materials are sustainably sourced, like using recycled PET plastic bottles for example.

The quality of Vivo’s shoes are pretty high, but also expensive.

2. Xero

Types of shoes sold: Running, Casual, Boots

xero vegan running shoes

Xero mainly is known for their running shoes, but does offer other shoes. I’m fairly confident that all of them are vegan (double-check individual product pages to be sure though).

I actually have a pair of Xero running shoes, as Vivo Barefoot was a bit out of my price range when I needed to buy a new pair.

While Xero shoes aren’t the most stylish or light, they’re very sturdy and durable, and have no drop. They also fit my wide feet really well, lots of breathing space for your toes.

3. ZAQQ Shoes

Types of shoes sold: Dress shoes

zaqq shoes

You’ll need to translate the website (it’s Dutch I think?), but ZAQQ has one of the best selections of vegan minimalist dress shoes.

There’s zero heel drop, and they use only vegan material for most (maybe all) of their shoes.

Worth a look if you need something formal.

4. Ahinsa

Types of shoes sold: Casual, Winter

ahinsa vegan shoes

Ahinsa has a whole line of barefoot shoes for men and women.

They’re quite stylish, but the shoes are quite expensive.

I’d recommend Ahinsa mainly for casual shoes and boots, I’m not a huge fan of their running shoes (because of the style and limited selection).

5. Wildling Shoes

Types of shoes sold: Running, Casual

wildling shoes

This is another European store, I believe it’s in German so you’ll need to translate it with your browser.

They mainly make running shoes made from a blend of polyester and polyurethane, which are both vegan-friendly.

6. Lems Shoes

Types of shoes sold: Running, Dress, Hiking, Boots

lems shoes

Lems makes shoes for both men and women.

There’s a good mix between running shoes and boots that are designed for work or hiking.

They also have a few pairs of dress shoes, although not the biggest selection.

7. Kigo Footwear

Types of shoes sold: Casual

kigo vegan shoes

Kigo sells mostly casual shoes.

They are all handcrafted in the U.S.A. and made with recycled materials. Despite that, prices are quite affordable.

Their minimalist vegan shoes use a vibram outsole, and a mix of plastic (PET) and cotton for the rest of the shoes.

If there are any other good minimalist vegan shoe brands that you come across, please share them in the comments below.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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