Vegan Athletic Shoes 2015

 
A survey of 100 athletic shoe manufacturers to determine which (if any) of their products are Vegan. Companies were contacted via email, their sites contact forms and/or by facebook from June through September 2015, with the following script:

‘Hello,
I am updating a list of footwear that is suitable for Vegans.
Could you please provide me with the details of your brands footwear that will help me to include you in this list?

To be Vegan, footwear must be made without using animals in any part of the process including bonding materials and dyes.
However, the list also includes footwear that contains animal glues and footwear containing ingredients of unknown or changing origin.
I would like your company to be represented accurately, please provide a sufficient level of detail to allow this.
Please consider all shoes that are marketed under your brand name in all countries.

Thank you for your time’

After receiving the requested information, I followed with another enquiry:

‘Thank you for your reply,
Could you also please tell me where your products are made as well as your company policy regarding working conditions for all who are employed directly and indirectly by your company?

Thank you again’

The basic results are presented in the table below.
More information, including the correspondence with the companies, is viewable by clicking the company name or by heading directly to the details section.
An explanation of the categories that I have used, can be found near the bottom of the page

Please feel free to recommend any other companies that may also be suitable.

I believe it is also a very good idea to contact these companies prior to purchase. This will hopefully give you peace of mind and also lets the companies know that ethical consumers are interested in their products.
and… if you see a search bar on any website, anywhere at all on the web; please type ‘Vegan’ into it🙂
 

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Results Summary Table
Company Result
Adidas No reply
Ahimsa Vegan company
Ahnu Uncooperative
Altra All Vegan
Asics Vegan options
Athlestic Propulsion Labs No reply
Avia Uncooperative
Baffin Vegan options
Bedrock All Vegan
Berghaus No Vegan options
Brooks Vegan options
Columbia Uncooperative
Converse Synthetic options, bonding agents and/or dyes are of animal origin
Diadora No Vegan options
Draven Uncooperative
Ecco No Vegan options
Eco Vegan Shoes Vegan company
Emerica No reply
Ethletic Vegan company
Etiko Vegan company
Etnies No reply
Feelmax Vegan options
Fila Uncooperative
Five Ten No reply
FYE Uncontactable
Garmont No reply
Gola No Vegan options
Gravis Vegan options
Giro Vegan options
Hi-tec Vegan options
Hoka One One Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Huf Vegan options
Icebug Vegan options
Inov-8 All Vegan
Ipath Not currently in operation
J-41 Uncooperative
Jambu Vegan options
Kalenji Uncooperative
Kalso Vegan options
Karhu Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Keds Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Keens Vegan options
Keep Vegan company
Kustom Vegan options
La Sportiva Uncooperative
Lems Vegan options
Lizard Vegan options
Lotto Uncooperative
Macbeth Uncooperative
Mammut Vegan options
Merrell Vegan options
Mizuno Vegan options
Movmt Uncooperative
Native Shoes All Vegan
New Balance Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Newton Running All Vegan
Nike No reply
Noah Vegan company
North Face No Vegan options
On-Running All Vegan
Pearl Izumi All Vegan
Puma No Vegan options
Quechua Uncooperative
Redwing Vegan options
Reebok Uncooperative
Ryka No Vegan options
Salomon Vegan options
Sanuk Vegan options
Saucony Vegan options
Scott No Vegan options
Seavees Uncooperative
Servant Shoes Vegan options
Skechers Vegan options
Skora Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Solerunner Vegan options
Superga Vegan options
Supra Uncooperative
Teva Uncooperative
Topo All Vegan
Treksta No reply
TUK Vegan options
Underarmour Vegan options
Unstitched Utilities All Vegan
Vans Vegan options
Vasque Vegan options
Vegano Shoes Vegan company
Vegetarian Shoes Vegan company
Veja Vegan options
Vesica Piscis No Vegan options
Vibramfivefingers Uncooperative
Victoria Vegan options
Vivobarefoot Vegan options
Walsh Vegan options
Wicked Hemp No reply
Wills Vegan company
Xero All Vegan
Zamberlan Vegan options
Zem All Vegan
Zoot Uncooperative
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The section below contains the details and correspondence from the survey. To view a simpler, less detailed format, please refer back to the summary section.

 

Adidas Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No reply
Details: Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Ahimsa Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan company
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions: “Made in house, 8.5 hour days”

 

Ahnu Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “You will want to contact our corporate office at 805-967-7611. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us”

 

Altra Contact form
email
facebook
Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’
Correspondence: “All of our running shoes are vegan.”
 
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Asics Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: ” When it comes to non-leather vegan shoe options, a great place to start looking would be in our Onitsuka Tiger line and our SportStyle category. While we do not sell these online through asicsamerica.com or onitsukatiger.com, they are available at local retailers across the country.
UNISEX
D3G0Y.9090 MONTE RUBBER BLACK/BLACK Spring 2013
D3G0Y.0404 MONTE RUBBER YELLOW/YELLOW Spring 2013
D3G0Y.8484 MONTE RUBBER GREEN/GREEN Spring 2013
D327Y.1601 RIO RUNNER DARK GREY/WHITE Spring 2013
D327Y.9001 RIO RUNNER BLACK/WHITE Spring 2013
D328N.0142 RIO RUNNER WHITE/BLUE Spring 2013
D328N.2301 RIO RUNNER RED/WHITE Spring 2013
D302L.9004 CORCOVADO RUNNER BLACK/YELLOW Spring 2013
D302L.4343 CORCOVADO RUNNER ROYAL BLUE/ROYAL BLUE Spring 2013
D302L.2323 CORCOVADO RUNNER RED/RED Spring 2013
D302L.1616 CORCOVADO RUNNER DARK GREY/DARK GREY Spring 2013
HN201.1316 ULTIMATE 81 LIGHT GREY/DARK GREY Spring 2013
HN201.5801 ULTIMATE 81 DARK NAVY/WHITE Spring 2013
HN201.9022 ULTIMATE 81 BLACK/FIERY RED Spring 2013
HN201.1690 ULTIMATE 81 GREY/BLACK/LIME Spring 2013
D2D1N.9001 SAKURADA BLACK/WHITE Spring 2013
D2D1N.4101 SAKURADA AZURE BLUE/WHITE Spring 2013
D2D1N.0142 SAKURADA WHITE/NAVY Spring 2013
D3K0N.4201 MEXICO 66 SLIP-ON BLUE/WHITE Spring 2013
D3K0N.2311 MEXICO 66 SLIP-ON RED/GREY Spring 2013
D3K0N.1190 MEXICO 66 SLIP-ON GREY/BLACK Spring 2013
D3K0N.1650 MEXICO 66 SLIP-ON BIRCH/NAVY Spring 2013
D300L.0190 MEXICO 66 ZIP GREY/BLACK Spring 2013
D342N.4202 MEXICO 66 PARATAY BLUE CHAMBRAY/NATURAL Spring 2013
D342N.9002 MEXICO 66 PARATAY BLACK/CHAMBRAY/NATURAL Spring 2013
D342N.0250 MEXICO 66 PARATAY NATURAL/NAVY Spring 2013
WOMENS
D377Y.4201 RIO RUNNER BLUE/WHITE Spring 2013
D377Y.5025 RIO RUNNER NAVY/MAGENTA Spring 2013
D378N.0178 RIO RUNNER WHITE/BISCAY GREEN Spring 2013
D378N.9035 RIO RUNNER BLACK/LAVENDER Spring 2013
HN567.3001 ULTIMATE 81 NEON ORANGE/WHITE Spring 2013
HN567.8901 ULTIMATE 81 LIGHT PINK/HOT BERRY Spring 2013
HN567.8901 ULTIMATE 81 NEON YELLOW/WHITE Spring 2013
HN567.9035 ULTIMATE 81 BLACK/LAVENDER Spring 2013
D2P7N.1120 SAKURADA GREY/NEON PINK Spring 2013
D2P7N.9001 SAKURADA BLACK/WHITE Spring 2013
D3K5N.1301 MEXICO 66 SLIP-ON LIGHT GREY/WHITE Spring 2013
D3K5N.6501 MEXICO 66 SLIP-ON LIGHT PINK/WHITE Spring 2013
D391N.0178 MEXICO 66 ZIP WHITE/BISCAY GREEN Spring 2013
D393N.3502 MEXICO 66 PARATAY LAVENDURA/NATURAL Spring 2013
D393N.0402 MEXICO 66 PARATAY YELLOW/NATURAL Spring 2013
D393N.0101 MEXICO 66 PARATAY WHITE/WHITE Spring 2013″
 
“These shoes are going to be completely vegan friendly with no animal by products used, even with the glue”
 
Working conditions: Working conditions

 

Athletic Propulsion Labs Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No reply
Details: Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Avia Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for your interest in AVIA Footwear. Please contact our representatives at ES Originals directly at 800.677.6577 for further assistance with your inquiry. You may also contact ES Originals via email at http://www.esoriginals.com/Pages/Contact. Please let us know if you have additional questions or concerns. Best of health”  
 
“Thank you for getting back to us. We have forwarded your inquiry directly to a representative who will assist you further with a direct reply. We appreciate your patience and understanding. Please let us know if you have additional questions or concerns”
 
“Unfortunately, we are unable to assist you with your request through this Customer Service. You may contact ES Original directly at 1.800.677.6577 for further assistance with your inquiry. Thank you”
Working conditions:

 

Baffin Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for your interest in Baffin Inc. With our winter boot line, the liners have a 4 layer liner system. One of these layers is wool. So unfortunately these will not work for you. Our rubber boot would work as the liner do not have wool. The Exception in this line is our -100C/-148F Titan boots as these have our Polar liners. Also check out our Trail to Rapids series and Marsh series. These will also work well for you”
 
Working conditions: “Most of our products are Canadian made, however there are certain pieces on our boots that are brought in from overseas example laces, clips, some uppers, etc. and attached here in Canada. You will not find any company in North America that manufacture polyurethane. All boots with polyurethane are manufactured overseas. This technology is a patent product, not available in Canada or U.S. In short the rubber line is manufactured here in Canada. Also manufactured in Canada are the NWT, Barrow, James Bay, Driller and Oil Rig, white horse and Yukon. These too are Industrial boots. All other products are manufactured overseas. So the Journey are made overseas. I also want to let you know that although our winter boot line is manufactured overseas we have management that over sees our production. We also have strict policies that must be followed (quality control) that insures that all persons and procedures must be met and all employees be treated properly. In Canada we have Ministry of Labor that insures all employees are treated properly. In short Baffin is truly a great place to work.”

 

Bedrock Contact form
email
facebook
Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site. 
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’
Correspondence: “Every single product we sell currently is vegan.”
 
Working conditions: “We ourselves operate under the FLA code of conduct and we strive to give our employees the best quality of life we can. As for all of our suppliers in the USA operate under the same working conditions as well. We always reach out to our suppliers to check and see if they operate under the same FLA principles. Also we strive to work with as many Blue Sign certified manufacturers as possible.”

 

Berghaus Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site. 
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’
Correspondence: “Unfortunately as all our current footwear is manufactured from either Leather or Suede we are not able to offer one suitable for Vegans and apologise for any disappointment this may cause”
 
Working conditions: “Our products are manufactured in Asia. We continually assess our supply chain and make sure the people who make our products do so in the best possible conditions.”

 

Brooks Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for contacting Brooks Running. All of our shoes, with the exception of our walking shoes (Addiction Walker) and Heritage collection, are vegan and meet vegan standards.”
 
Working conditions: “While we design, engineer, and specify every component and stitch of our high performance running gear in the U.S.A., we manufacture in factories around the world. Countries of manufacture include: Canada, China, Israel, Jordan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.S.A., and Vietnam. In our efforts to establish solid, long-term, and mutually beneficial relationships with business partners, we are very careful when selecting our manufacturers. We make certain each one meets our social compliance standards prior to establishing a business relationship. We visit the factory, observe its facilities, and conduct a third-party social compliance audit to approve the manufacturer prior to production of one Brooks shoe or technical garment in that facility. We also require factories to commit to not using restricted substances in the production of our gear and to sign a “Working Conditions Policy and Commitments” document in which they agree to be in compliance with the local labor laws (including age requirements, fair wages); not employ child/forced/slave labor; and provide adequate food, housing, and medical coverage to all employees. Our commitment to quality leads us to pursue business partners with the best facilities and working conditions.”

 

Columbia Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Contacted via contact form (multiple times), facebook message and facebook wall post, the only reply recieved (via fb wall post) suggested that I phone them on 800-622-6953
 
Working conditions:

 

Converse Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Synthetic options, bonding agents and/or dyes are of animal origin
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for contacting us. Unfortunately, we do not have any products that are certain to be Vegan-friendly. While the majority of our materials are animal-by-product free, the glue in our products can sometimes contain some animal by-products. In result, it is not possible for us to advertise our products as being truly Vegan. We apologize if this prevents you from being able to wear our product. We certainly hope it does not, because there is nothing in the world like a pair of Converse sneakers!”
 
Working conditions: “We appreciate your comment and concerns. We can not comment directly about your question, but can let you know that Converse follows Nike corporate policies related to the way manufacturers of our products manage their employees. This is the Nike corporate page related to this topic. This page also has links to other information related to product and manufacturing. As of March 2001 Converse is manufactured in China, Indonesia and Vietnam. All the products that were previously made in the USA have been sold.”

 

Diadora Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “With reference to your request regarding the materials used on our shoes, we regret to inform that all our products are not certified for Vegans, even if Diadora produces shoes that do not contain animals leather or materials. We remain at your disposal for any further information.”
 
Working conditions: “Please be reminded that we informed you on the 10th of July that currently we don’t have footwear for vegans and therefore we cannot provide any further information. Please note that the office in charge are working on this topic and there might be an update available in the future. We remain at your disposal for any further enquiries.”

 

Draven Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Ecco Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Ecco products are all made with real animal Leathers and some of our glues contain animal products. So unfortunately Ecco is not a Vegan product.”
 
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Eco Vegan Shoes Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan company
Correspondence: “Eco-Vegan Shoes as the name indicates are vegan shoes – no animal products nor by-products have been used in production and post-production. We are confident that our shoes feature environmentally friendlier materials, from the Swiss made Schoeller fabric used on the majority of the uppers to the non animal glue used in their assembly. Wherever possible we work closely with the Vegan Society who check all our claims before giving them their approval. We only work to the highest ethical standards and only use the highest quality environmentally friendly materials such as Eco-Ortholite which replaces 20% of the petroleum traditionally used in the ployol of urethane foams with bio-oil. Even our shoeboxes are made of 99% bio-degradable material. Moreover, our motto is Comfort Technology and Beyond Leather. Our shoes are technologically advanced – we offer special, non-slip outsoles, energy gel pads in the heel area for shock absorption, moisture-wicking Eco-Ortholite insoles for extra comfort and to prevent odour. Also, Schoeller fabric used for many of our models is an advanced fabric which acts as a membrane (pinecone effect), it opens when it’s hot and closes when it’s cold –depending on the feet temperature. What is more, our shoes are either water-resistant or waterproof and that is why we have a large, devoted audience within world vegan community.”
 
Working conditions: “All our European products are made in factories in Portugal and Italy . They all work to European laws. All eco vegan materials are separated from other supplier raw materials according to the Vegan Society rules which EVS insists are obeyed in all production sites. We use one factory in Indonesia for the products which have to be made to EN ISO standards as they are the best factory and work to very high quality standards and are a EN ISO certified factory. It is an old family firm making for several top brands and takes extremely good care of its workers many of which have been working for over 20 years and are very skilled. No child labour is allowed and neither would it be contemplated. There is a mosque in the factory and everyone is allowed to follow their religion.”

 

Emerica Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No reply
Details: http://emerica.com/shoes/animal-friendly/
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Ethletic Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan company
Correspondence: “We believe no animal should suffer in the name of Ethletic! Absolutely no oils, fats, glues or dyes deriving from animals or animal carcasses are used in the manufacturing of our products.”
 
Working conditions: “Fairtrade certified”

 

Etiko Contact form
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facebook
Result: Vegan company
Correspondence: “Etiko sneakers continue to be 100% vegan. We do not use any animal based materials. No leather inserts within the canvas. No animal based glues. No animal based material in the dyes. In addition to our sneakers we also sell rubber thongs (flip flops).”
 
Working conditions: “The Etiko range is not only vegan its also eco friendly and ethically made. Our sneakers were the Australian Fairtrade Product of the Year in 2013. Furthermore, Etiko achieved the highest ranking for ethical production in the Australian Fashion Report (for the 2nd time)”

 

Etnies Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No reply
Details: http://etnies.com/shop/vegan/
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Feelmax Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Our vegan models are: Niesa 3, Panka 2, Uura, Osma 3 and Osma 4”
 
Working conditions: “Our products are made in : South Korea, Thailand & China. We always check (via local 3rd party companies, and by personal visits) the working conditions in subcontracted factories. The most important points are: – no child related workforce (= under 16 years old) – factory organizes proper daycare for the workers child – working hours and holidays according to the local legislation.”

 

Fila Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Site redirections made direct contact impossible. Fila were contacted multiple times via email and by fb wall posts. I was only able to contact the Australian (my location) site, their response was “We will not be able to be put on your list as we only look after Fila Australia and not the rest of the Fila footwear brand globally. Thanks, Team Fila!”
 
Working conditions:

 

Five Ten Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No reply
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

FYE Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncontactable
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Garmont Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No reply
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Gola Contact form
email
facebook
Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Unfortunately due to the fact that we are not involved in the manufacturing process we cannot advise what the exact composition of our footwear is. I am aware that a large quantity of our products are made from leather and are produced in the same factories as those that are not and for that reason are unsuitable for vegans. My advice is to find a retailer who identifies themselves as vegan friendly.”
 
“We can not guarantee that all the materials used in the manufacturing process of our merchandise are animal free.”
 
Working conditions: “Products are manufactured at various locations worldwide and we adhere to international standards on working conditions for employees of the factories we work with.”

 

Gravis Contact form
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facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: “The following shoes are made without using animals in Spring Summer 2015 current models. – KONA (Synthetic Leather), TARMAC (Synthetic Leather), TARMAC HICUT (Synthetic Leather), TARMAC VULC (Synthetic Leather), SKIPPER, QUARTERS (Except QUARTERS DLX CC), SLYMZ, LOWDOWN (Synthetic Leather), LOWDOWN HICUT (Synthetic Leather), COASTER, HEDGES (Synthetic Leather), ALL SANDALS. We don’t use glues and dyes of animals.” 
Working conditions: “Gravis is one of our brands, the company name is Burton. For the company policy, you will be able to check Burton company sustainability. We have several Factories in Asia. Most of them are in China.”

 

Giro Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Yes, unless they call out leather like the Republic LX and the Empire Special Edition in leather they are vegan (including all adhesives and sub materials).” 
Working conditions: “Our products are made in China. Thank you”

 

Hi-tec Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Any of our mesh & synthetic styles will be ok for vegans. All of our adhesives and dyes are chemical based and no animal bi-products are used, so if you avoid any leather or suede uppers you will be fine.”
 
Working conditions: “Our factories sign our Code of Conduct which are based on the principles of BSCI. Also, we comply to the standards of REACH

 

Hoka One One Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “The upper is entirely made of synthetics and textiles, the bottom unit is EVA and Rubber. While our cements are water-based and should not contain animal by-products, we cannot say that they are vegan. The materials may come into contact with animal by-products at various points of the shoe-making process, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee that it is animal-free.”
 
Working conditions: “Our products are manufactured in China, designed here in California and then France as well. As for that policy verbiage, I do not have that myself, so I would have to pass you along for that info. I will forward your email to the appropriate team. If there is anything else I can assist on, please let me know. Thanks!”
 
“Deckers is committed to conducting business in accordance with high ethical business standards and we select business partners who share in this commitment. All of our contract factories are required to comply with the Deckers Ethical Supply Chain Supplier Code of Conduct which is posted on our corporate website.”

 

Huf Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Here is a list of all our vegan shoes: Classic Hi white canvas, Mercer – Black Woven, Sutter – Aloha Aina, Sutter – Navy Textile, Calssic Hi – Black canvas, Classic Lo – Fuck It, Classic Lo – Gray Heather, Classic Lo – Natural, Classic Lo – Crimson, Classic Lo – Black Canvas, Sutter – Navy textile, Classic Lo – Navy dot, Classic Hi – Duck Camo, Classic Hi – Voutsa, Sutter – Dark Gray Textile, Sutter – Black Dot”
 
Working conditions: “Our shoes are made in China and Indonesia. We make sure to partner with vendors that offer clean, safe and fair working conditions for all it’s employees which in hand also ensures us getting the most top quality products made.”

 

Icebug Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “None of our running shoes contains animal based materials.”
 
Working conditions: “Good conditions. As a swedish brand we have long relationship with humanrights work. Our supply chain is long but with continuous work, audits and education we ensure safe environment to produce our shoes. Next year you can read all on our web. Transparency is the key to win customer trust and appreciation.”

 

Inov-8 Contact form
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facebook
Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: “Our shoes are vegan friendly and no animal products are used in production, including in glues etc. The only exception to this is the Roclite 400 GTX which is made with leather, this shoe has been discontinued for some time. Please let me know if you have any queries, I’ll be happy to help.”
 
Working conditions: Manufacturing Ethics

 

Ipath Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Not currently in operation
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

J-41 Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Contacted via email with no response, replied to fb message “Would you please email and we’ll assist you with your email.” but no response ever received from that email address.
 
Working conditions:

 

Jambu Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Womens
Childrens
Correspondence: “All of our vegan shoes contain NO animal byproducts. We use synthetic leather and mesh.”
 
Working conditions: “Our factories are in China. Our factories are visited at least 6 times a year by our Production/Design team as well as our Company’s President and Jambu’s General Manager. We also have independent auditors make unscheduled random visits throughout the year. We are committed to a safe and quality working environment in China as well as in the US.”

 

Kalenji Contact form
email
facebook
Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Contacted via email and facebook message (multiple times). Linked to a contact form, continuous runaround with no result.
 
Working conditions:

 

Kalso Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “The Prosper and Intrigue Too, from our Kalso Earth collection, are our only Vegan styles that we offer currently.”
 
Working conditions: “All our shoes are made at Factories in China.  While the Factories are not owned by our company, other large footwear companies utilize the same Factories.  Our Management Team goes out to the Factories several times a year to ensure not only the quality of our shoes but that working conditions are satisfactory.”

 

Karhu Contact form
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Result: Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “All of KARHU’s Performance running shoes are constructed using 100% synthetic materials. I can’t confirm the materials used for glues or cements. Our Legend (lifestyle) collection contains models that are made from Leather and both synthetic and natural suede.”
 
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Keds Contact form
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Result: Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Keds does not have any Vegan styles at this time. We do not mark our Canvas styles as Vegan due to we cannot guarantee that there isn’t animal bi-products in the glue.”
 
Working conditions: “Please visit our corporate website under code of conduct for employee working conditions.”

 

Keens Contact form
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Result: Vegan options *proceed with caution, see comments in description below for details*
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Here are the links to the shoes that are certified Vegan that we carry. All of our shoes are certified Vegan based on Vegan.org criteria.”  
Mens
Womens
Childrens
 
It was brought to my attention in December by Pamela (Thank you) that the link for mens footwear supplied by Keens no longer worked. I emailed them to to enquire:
 
Me: ‘Hi, the link that you supplied me to mens vegan footwear does not appear to be working anymore. The search term vegan does not appear to return any mens shoes either. Has something changed?’
 
Keens: “The only shoe that we have at this time that is certified Vegan friendly is the Timmons Slip-on Canvas. There are other shoes that do not use leather but are not certified based off the glue. We will be having more options coming out after the first of the year as part of our spring line. If there is anything else I can do please let me know.”
 
Me: ‘Thank you for your reply.
Is this something that has changed dramatically this year? You provided me with different details earlier in the year.
The womens and childrens links that you sent me still work.
Searching for ‘Vegan’ on the keens site also returns more models than just the Timmons.’
 
Keens: “It will change based on the time of year and what we currently have in stock. Typically we have more of those options in the Spring and Summer and towards fall and winter when we sell out then we have less options. If we get extra stock back from our retailers that will also pop on and off based on inventory. As for the search when you type in Vegan it brings up everything Kids, Women’s and Men’s. The one list I sent you at the time was just for Men’s. I hope that makes sense but if you have any other questions feel free to ask.”
 
Me: ‘If I search your site using ‘vegan’ non-gender specific, these are the styles that are returned: Timmons, Santa cruz, Coronado, Cortona, Maderas.
Previously you stated:
“The only shoe that we have at this time that is certified Vegan friendly is the Timmons Slip-on Canvas.”
Could you please clarify which models (if any) are actually vegan?’
 
Keens: “You are correct if you go non-gender specific those are all vegan friendly. If you choose just Men’s then its the Timmons low lace canvas and the Santa Cruz Canvas.”

Working conditions: “CODE OF CONDUCT
At KEEN, we are committed to building strong communities and a healthier planet. We call it the KEEN Promise. Our Code of Conduct outlines standards to ensure that working conditions in our supply chain are safe, that workers are treated with respect and dignity, and that manufacturing processes are environmentally responsible. We expect that our factory suppliers (our Vendors) will share our commitment. Our Code of Conduct lays out certain minimum standards for our Vendors. We believe that these minimum standards are essential to keeping the KEEN Promise.
FOLLOW THE RULES Vendors will comply with all laws and regulations in all locations where they do business.
VOLUNTARY WORK Vendors will not use any forced or involuntary labor.
EMPLOYEES ARE AGE 16 OR OLDER Vendors will not hire a person under the age of 16. If the local legal minimum age for employment is higher than 16, then the higher age shall apply.
NO HARASSMENT OR ABUSE Vendors will treat each employee with respect and dignity, and will not subject any employee to any physical, sexual, psychological or verbal harassment or abuse.
COMPENSATION IS PAID TIMELY Vendors recognize that wages are essential to meeting employees’ basic needs. Vendors will timely pay employees at least the minimum wage required by local law or the prevailing industry wage, whichever is higher, and vendors shall provide all benefits mandated by local law. Vendors will compensate employees for overtime hours at such premium rate as is required by local law or, in those countries where such laws do not exist, at a rate at least equal to the employee’s regular hourly compensation rate.
WORKING HOURS ARE NOT EXCESSIVE Except in extraordinary business circumstances, Vendors will not require employees to work in excess of 60 hours per week (48 regular hours and 12 overtime hours), or the regular and overtime hours allowed by local law, whichever is less. Vendors shall allow employees at least one day off in every seven-day period. All overtime work shall be consensual.
NO DISCRIMINATION Vendors will hire, pay, promote, discipline and terminate employees on the basis of their ability to do the job, rather than on the basis of personal characteristics or beliefs, including gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, nationality, political opinion, social or ethnic origin or any other status protected by local law.
HEALTHY AND SAFE WORKPLACE Vendors will provide a safe and healthy work environment, including written safety and health policies and procedures, and training and adequate equipment to ensure workplace safety practices. If a Vendor provides residential housing for employees, the housing must be safe and healthy.
RESPECT FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Vendors will respect the rights of employees to associate, organize and bargain collectively in a lawful and peaceful manner, without penalty or interference. Vendors will permit employees to discuss any job-related grievances with Vendors’ representatives without penalty or reprisal.
MINIMIZE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS Vendors will comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, and will strive to minimize the effects of their operations on the environment. Vendors will comply with the requirements set forth in KEEN’s Restricted Substance List policy.”

 

Keep Contact form
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Result: Vegan company
Details: “Every day people are bombarded with decisions. One of our goals is to make your choice in footwear easier, and one of the ways we do this is by making all Keep products vegan and cruelty-free. This means no animals were harmed when making our shoes. This also means that we produce all of our footwear in factories audited by international, third-party non-profits who monitor ethical working conditions. A Keep representative is on the line of every production.”
Correspondence: “All of our shoes are completely vegan. We do not use animal products or animal glues. We primarily use woven fabrics, cotton, and faux suede for our shoes. Our soles are made from rubber. Please let us know how we can assist you further. Thanks for the support.”
 
Working conditions: “All of our shoes are made in a factory in China that is regularly audited by an international, third-party, non-profit group called Sedex. Since we’re a small company, we don’t have the resources to conduct audits ourselves, and therefore only work with companies which are accredited and audited consistently. Furthermore, someone from Keep is on the line for every production and is intimately involved with the production process. We don’t simply outsource the production — we’re there, in person, being a part of the process.”

 

Kustom Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “To our knowledge, no animal products are used in the glues and dyes of the fabrics we use to make our footwear. We do use a lot of fabrics from local markets, so I guess these are from ‘a changing origin’, but we are told from these suppliers that animal products are not used in dying the fabrics or glues. Also, a lot of our products are sold in Europe and the USA, so all the materials we use need to pass Reach, Prop 65, and CPSIA. Not all of our product is vegan friendly. We still do have some shoes that utilise the long lasting and durable properties of leather, however we are working more towards the whole range becoming vegan friendly in the future as synthetic leathers become better”
 
Working conditions: “Our goods are made in China. As far as social accountability, we are SA8000 compliant.”

 

La Sportiva Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Refused to offer international support
 
Working conditions:

 

Lems Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ is mentioned on website.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: “First, thanks for the interest in our footwear, we greatly appreciate it. The following Lems products are vegan friendly: Primal2: Slate – Black – Brown – Cardinal – Shade – Eclipse. Boulder Boot: Black. Hopefully this information helps and if you should have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to let me know.”
 
Working conditions: “Currently, all of our products are manufactured overseas in China. I have personally visited our manufacturer’s location and I can attest that the working conditions that the employees experience daily meets standards set by our company and a majority of the industry. If you ask about children in the workforce, that is obviously out of the question. The employees receive numerous opportunities for breaks, vacations, and ample sick days. Also, their wages are well above other factories that we researched in that particular area. As far as the employees here in the office (there is only four of us) we all grew up as chums, so besides some pranks and smart ass remarks here and there, we are good. Hopefully this helps. ”

 

 

Lizard Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Here is a list of some of our vegan shoes and sandals. Kross Scramble II, Kross Terra II, Kross Amphibious, Kross Ibrido, Creek III, Hex H2O, Raft, RollUp
Working conditions: “The majority of our products are made in our factory in Trento, northern Italy, in the heart of the Dolomite mountains. We are committed to fair treatment of the workers and we highly respect the environment which we cherish and take inspiration from. Made in Italy means quality but also reducing the environmental impact.”

 

Lotto Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: Emailed, fb messaged and tagged in one of their own fb wall posts, eventually elicited the response “We have forwarded your request to the team responsible. We will contact you soon.” I never heard back from them.
 
Working conditions:

 

Macbeth Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative (unusual for Macbeth)
Details: Macbeth is currently going through a merger, I am unaware of which company they are merging with/is taking them over or how this will effect their Vegan offerings in the future
 
‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility. Site has a Vegan section
Correspondence: “Thanks for the note and request. We think remember this request. You guys do this every year, right? If so, please send us a link to the current site and list, so that we can forward it to our bosses.”
 
“Unfortunately we are still waiting on info from production companies. Once we receive the info we will get right back to you!”
 
Working conditions:

 

Mammut Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: “Thank you very much for your request and engagement for vegans! Attached you find the list of the actual Mammut vegan footwear styles. All styles are clean concerning vegan principles, means no animal leather, no glues nor dyes with animal based products.”  
All of the following Vegan styles are available for women and men:  
“MTR 201 Low, MTR 141 Protect Low GTX, MTR 141 Low GTX, MTR 141 Low, MTR 141 Base Low GTX, MTR 71-II Low, Claw II GTX, Lugano 14 Low.”
 
Working conditions: “As you may know for Mammut the topics of fair, social & clean production and transportation are very important. More detailed informations you get here 50% of the shoes are produced in Rumania, the rest in 2 factories in China. With all three factories we are working together since many years and there is 360 days a year a Mammut employee in the factories. All Mammut factories are controlled by independent organisations like Fair Wear Foundation and BlueSign”

 

Merrell Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: Vegan friendly section
Correspondence: “Thank you for writing into Merrell. I was able to reach out to our Product team and they advised our vegan options are fully vegan and do not use any animal by products in the material (fabrics, glues, etc.) Please follow the below link to our vegan styles. http://www.merrell.com/US/en/search?q=vegan Please let us know if you have any questions.”
 
Working conditions: “At Wolverine Worldwide, we take the well-being of our associates worldwide very seriously. This same dedication extends to partners within our supply chain as well. The industry’s best talent has entrusted Wolverine Worldwide with their careers for generations. We have become an employer of choice for the industry’s best and brightest. The extensive benefits offered to our associates are enhanced by miles of trails that have been built on campus, and wellness programs led by our brand leaders. As a value-led company, Wolverine Worldwide is committed to ensuring our Code of Conduct is adhered to in all global locations and where our family of lifestyle brands are produced or sold. We expect our business partners to practice these same standards and we favor partners who contribute to the betterment of the communities in which they operate”

 

Mizuno Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for contacting Mizuno USA. Our running shoe factories have informed us that they are vegan friendly. This means that we use vegan friendly dyes, do not animal products in our adhesives or dyes, and use all synthetic overlays and stitching.”  
“I do not have the specifics of the materials used in our baseball and soccer boots as they are made in different factories. I know some models use real leather, as that is part of the sport, but not all models. If you want more information on soccer or baseball products, I would need to send you to the Diamond department.”
 
Working conditions: “Our products are manufactured all around the world including Indonesia, China, and Japan. Our policy is to always treat our employees with respect and complete fairness.”

 

Movmt Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Contacted via contact form, email, fb message, fb wall post. No response received.
 
Working conditions:

 

Native Shoes Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Correspondence: “Our shoes are 100% beast free and vegan.”
 
Working conditions: “We have a great relationship with our factory in China and almost constantly have people from our Vancouver office there doing QA and developing new products.”

 

New Balance Contact form
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Result: Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Details: Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’  
Site has a Vegan FAQ
Correspondence: “Many of our models are manufactured using synthetic materials. However, we also use different types of adhesives across all of our global manufacturing sites, and these glues may or may not contain animal byproducts. There is no guarantee that a given model with a synthetic upper will be completely vegan. You can read more about our environmental sustainability efforts and the manufacture of our shoes here
 
Working conditions: “For this answer, please click the following link and view all relative information New balance is manufactured in many factories around the world”

 

Newton Running Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Details: Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’  
Site has a Vegan FAQ
Correspondence: “Currently all of our models are vegan. The materials we use in our shoe uppers are not animal based and whenever possible, we use recycled materials (there are several parts of our shoes which are recycled). As far as the rest of the shoe goes, our synthetic leather, adhesives, glue, and primer is all vegan friendly as well, so our shoes are not animal based at all. We try to do our own little bit to help minimize waste and exercise awareness to the environment.”
 
Working conditions: Production Standards

 

Nike Contact form
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Result: No reply
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’
 
Correspondence:
Working conditions:

 

 

Noah Contact form
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Result: Vegan company
Correspondence: Press Kit
Working conditions: Press Kit

 

North Face Contact form
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Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’
 
Correspondence: “At this time none of our footwear is certified vegan.”
 
Working conditions: “you can read about our company policy here at this link regarding working conditions Our products are made all over the world. If you have a particular item you are requesting on where it is made, we can let you know.”

 

On Running Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for your patience. We checked our entire supplier chain. A big team was involved and provided a list of materials we are currently using. I was confirmed today that all the materials in our entire product range are vegan.”
 
Working conditions: “We are mainly producing in Vietnam. Suppliers are from all over the world however. There is no official policy in regard to the working condition I could share with you.”

 

Pearl Izumi Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site. 
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’
Correspondence: “All of our footwear is made out of synthetic materials and we only specify synthetic bonding agents. We have a high level of confidence that our footwear is suitable for Vegans, but cannot be 100% certain that contact with animal derived products hasn’t happened during the manufacturing process. Hope that helps!”
 
Working conditions: “We make our products in the US, Italy, Vietnam and China. We strive to align ourselves with the OIA Code of Conduct

 

Puma Contact form
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Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that any of our shoes are completely Vegan. Many of the adhesives and other parts of the shoes may contain animal products. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time.”
 
Working conditions: “Thank you for contacting PUMA. Our products are currently manufactured overseas.”

 

Quechua Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Contacted via email and fb message, given 2 other email addresses, neither of which elicited a response.
Working conditions:

 

Redwing Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: Mens Vegan shoes Womens Vegan shoes
 
Working conditions: “Thank you for reaching out to us with your questions. Red Wing Shoe Company is a socially conscious company, we adhere to fair employment and good working conditions. We work with a factory partner that operates in China and Vietnam. We have strict compliance standards for working conditions in the factories that we manufacture in and we are also audited by a third party through REI to make sure our factories treat workers well.”

 

Reebok Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “We appreciate your interest in Reebok athletic shoes that are  vegan in nature.  We would be happy to assist you with your request.  Unfortunately, due to our ever-changing inventory, we do not have information regarding the origin of the various components used in Reebok products.  To better assist you, we will be happy to forward your information to the proper department for a response.  We do not want to provide any misinformation.  We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.”
 
“We are very sorry to hear that you have yet to receive a response to your inquiry.  We will be happy to personally contact Reebok corporate and research Reebok products that are vegan.  Please allow 5 to 7 business days for us to research and compile the information and relay them to you. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
 
“Thank you for choosing to shop with us at Reebok.com! We value our customers and will do what we can to make and keep them happy. First I would like to personally apologize for the delay in getting you a proper response to your question. Secondly I would like to let you know I have sent your question to the appropriate department and I should have an answer for you by the end of business today. I hope this answer does not reach you too late.”
 
Response still not received…
 
Working conditions:

 

Ryka Contact form
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Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thanks for reaching out to us. We do not market our shoes as vegan.”
 
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Salomon Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “With regards to your request, some of our boots do contain leather materials. The models that have the letters LTR contain leather. Some of the models that do not contain the letters LTR may contain some leather. The glue used contains no animal products and is vegan friendly. It’s important to note that none of our running shoes contains leather materials. Our brand expert confirmed the list of shoes which he is definite do not contain leather in any form: Wings Sky GTX 2, Cosimic 4d 2 GTX, All Synapse models, All trail running models”
 
Working conditions: “Salomon is part of Amer Sports Group all their liabilities apply. For info about Salomon responsibilities and working conditions please see Amer Sports. Regarding manufacturing our production team has assembled a global network. The location of the manufacturing facilities range from Europe to South East Asia. Regardless of location, these facilities are chosen based on the technical manufacturing capabilities, the quality of their output, their proximity to other steps in the supply chain such as textiles mills, and their commitment to safe, ethical, and responsible manufacturing.”

 

Sanuk Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Many of our models are vegan, in the details for each model, it will note if they are vegan. All products listed as vegan on or website are completely animal free, from the stitching to the glue. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us!”
 
Working conditions: “Unfortunately we do not have information in regards to our working conditions available. I would recommend contacting our corporate office for that part of your question at 805 967 7611. Our products are made in 3 main places such as China, Vietnam and here in the U.S depending on the color or style.”

 

Saucony Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “We only have one style that is completely Vegan, Jazz Low Pro Vegan. This is the only style that we guarantee do not contain animal products or leather is our Vegan line. Please visit Saucony and type in Vegan to view what is available. If the name of the shoe does not contain the word Vegan in it, we do not guarantee it is Vegan. Thank you for your inquiry.”  
 
Working conditions: “We are a division of Performance Life Group (PLG) and our company is owned by Wolverine. Our mission statement is to strengthen the emotional relationships between our customers and our brands while delivering meaningful, profitable growth to Wolverine Worldwide. As a team, we are committed to working side-by-side to create meaningful experiences for our countless consumers every day, every hour. Please visit Wolverine

 

Scott Contact form
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Result: No Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site. 
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’
Correspondence: “We are currently improving the sustainability in the materials and manufacturing involved with our footwear. However, at this point of time, we cannot guarantee that no animals are involved in the process of producing our footwear.”
 
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Seavees Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for your patience! SeaVees is Vegan as long as they do not have leather uppers or sock liners. I can compile a list for you but it does change from Season to Season. Our Standards that we always have are vegan🙂 ”
 
List never received (multiple requests made)
Working conditions:

 

Servant Shoes Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “According to our supplier the glues we use have no animal products in them. We are visiting them later this month and one of the items on the agenda is to go over the full list of ingredients in the adhesives used. So I will have more info on this soon.”
 
“Our supplier maintains that the adhesives used in our production does not contain any animal products.”
 
“The Barnyard Loiter and the Dagon are animal free. FYI, the future developments I’m currently working on will be animal free as well.”
 
Working conditions: “We produce our shoes in China. This is the code of conduct for all our suppliers.”

 

Skechers Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “We have a Vegan Shoes category both on skechers.com and on skechers.co.uk – those shoes are made both without any leather materials in the shoes, and also using only water based adhesives, no animal-derived glue or by-products. ”
 
Working conditions: “Our products are made in China, Vietnam and India ”

 

Skora Contact form
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Result: Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site. 
Site has no search facility
Correspondence: “We do have two models containing leather (CORE and FORM) however the rest are leather free. I cannot confirm the details of the glue/bonding, however.”
 
Working conditions: “Our shoes are made with materials sourced from Europe and Asia, with final assembly in a top-tier, small family-owned factory in southern China. We are proud to pay above average wages. We take manufacturing seriously and are committed to only working with supply chain partners that share our values.”

 

Solerunner Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “All of the shoes indicated “vegan” respect the needs you have. Here the list of all of our vegan styles
 
Working conditions: “We produce in India now. All of the rules of the ILO are followed. We have no other policies. All people working with us are self employed.”

 

Superga Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Classic Superga is made with natural material, without using animals in any part of the process. Outsole is made with vulcanized natural rubber. The other parts are fully in pure cotton and don’t contain animal glues or additives”
 
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Supra Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Due to the limited information regarding out items online and not being able to 100% guarantee that our items apply to the above criteria we would like not to be included on your list.”
 
“Thank you for your email. For the moment we are not able to provide you such a list. Due to the acquisition of our brand to a business group, our production department has changed and I don’t where I could get those information. I suggest you to get back to us in a few months. By then we should be able to have more information.”
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Teva Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Inquiries of this nature should be directed to our corporate headquarters. Deckers Brands owns several brands of footwear including UGG Australia, Teva, Sanuk, Hoka ONE ONE, I Heart UGG, MOZO, Ahnu and Tsubo.”
 
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Topo Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Faq
“Do Topos contain latex or animal products?
Topo Athletic does not use any latex or animal products in the materials or adhesives of its footwear.”
Correspondence: “I have verified with our factory that none of the materials in our shoes contain animal products. In fact, one of our models on an award from Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. You can find it in their July/August issue.”
 
Working conditions: “Our products are made in China. While Topo Athletic does not own the factories that produce our shoes and are not in control of the policies within the facilities, we work with facilities who maintain safe working conditions. Our CEO travels to the factories several times a year and has reported on the satisfactory conditions there.”

 

Treksta Contact form
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Result: No reply
Details: Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

TUK Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “We are not an exclusively vegan footwear brand however, we produce many many styles that are vegan. The shoes that we produce that are made of fabric, PU, textiles, faux suede, man made leather are vegan because the glue we use is animal product free. Vegan search
 
Working conditions: Uncooperative!

 

Underarmour Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Our Footwear unit have advised that we use leather on our shoes $70 and below but other than that we do not use any animals on our products!”
 
Working conditions: “Our gear is made in a variety of locations including Asia, Central and South America, Mexico, and the United States. Each facility is assigned orders based on their current capacity, workload, and available material. This is the most efficient way to meet our customer needs and product demand globally. All manufacturers are evaluated for quality, social compliance and financial strength by our quality assurance team prior to being selected and also on an ongoing basis. We also actively seek out vendors that can perform multiple manufacturing stages, such as procuring fabric and providing finished products, helping us to reduce the cost of goods sold. We enter into a variety of agreements with all of our manufacturers, including non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, and we require that all of our manufacturers adhere to a code of conduct regarding quality of manufacturing, working conditions and other social concerns. We do not, however, have any long-term agreements requiring us to utilize any manufacturer, and no manufacturer is required to produce our products in the long term.”

 

Unstitched Utilities Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: “We do not use animal products, are glues are water based. Our Tyvek is a flashspun high-density polyethylene fiber that is water resistant, highly breathable, extremely durable and very lightweight. Tyvek is vegan-friendly and sustainable, as it is a recyclable material as well.”
 
Working conditions: “Our footwear is made in Asia. We manufacture our shoes in Sample Rooms because we produce small amounts of footwear. These Sample Rooms workers are the highest paid workers as they are highly skilled and a dedicated team. We are a small company with 4 people in total.”

 

Vans Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility and returns results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Many styles within our Classic Collection are Vegan-Friendly. Here are some examples: Classic Authentic (Canvas Only), Classic Era (Canvas Only), Classic Slip-on (Canvas Only), Classic 106 Vulc (Canvas Only), KVD (Canvas Only), Custom Slip-on, Era & 106 Vulcanized (the Custom Old Skool is NOT vegan), Old Skool Vegan (only if it states Vegan), Sk8-Hi (True White colorway Only). Also please note, we constantly refresh our styles & colorways, and unfortunately do not maintain any inventory for items from past seasons. If you see something you like we suggest buying it now since we can’t guarantee that we’ll have more in the future.”
 
Working conditions: “Vans is committed to being socially and environmentally responsible. This commitment runs through all aspects of our business practices from product design and manufacturing to facilities and retail operations. The steps we’re taking toward sustainability are: • STEPS WE’RE TAKING IN FOOTWEAR: • Water-based cements instead of solvent-based cements • PET (recycled polyester/plastic) strobel boards used across the line • Recycled content in foxing tape, outsoles, counters, toe boxes • Using Hemp, Organic Cotton, Bamboo and PET textiles • Natural Crepe rubber and Natural Jute Wraps • STEPS IN APPAREL: • Eliminated individual polybags on backpacks and all pre-packs • All cartons and carton liners are recyclable • STEPS IN FACILITIES/OPERATIONS: • Comprehensive recycle program at HQ in Cypress • Eliminated paper and plastic cups in lunch room • Encouraged employees to REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE • Converted business cards to 100% recycled content • Developed employee carpool incentive program, OFF THE ROAD • STEPS IN VANS RETAIL: • 95% of POP is post consumer recycled material, printed in soy ink • Obsolete POP and metal fixtures are recycled • All plastics are made with sustainable materials, printed in soy ink • Converted from plastic size stickers to recycled paper ones • Bags made with 25% recycled content. We manufacture in multiple countries in Asia.”

 

Vasque Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you for contacting us here at Vasque. The Lotic and Pendulum are completely synthetic shoes.”
 
Working conditions: No reply!

 

Vegano Shoes Contact form
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Result: Vegan company
Correspondence: “All footwear produced by us does not have raw materials of animal origin, or the glue or shape. All of plant and mineral origin. We use sustainable and recyclable materials without causing damage or impact to the environment.”
 
Working conditions: “Products are manufactured in the city of Franca – SP. This is the contact number and -mail Director of the Company Vegan Shoes. Contact us and it will move you this information. Thanks. Phone: 016 99121-7740016 99121-7740 email

 

Vegetarian Shoes Contact form
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Result: Vegan company
Correspondence: “We don’t use animal glue or by-products in making our shoes and the uppers are completely man made, but we cannot guarantee that they will not come into contact with machinery that has been used for non vegan shoes in the factories we use. Hope that helps and thanks for your interest.”
 
Working conditions: “All of our shoes are made within the EU (for example the UK, Spain and Portugal). The factories where our shoes are manufactured operate within EU employment laws, and all workers get paid a minimum wage, if not more. Working conditions are excellent and workers are entitled to join unions. It is our company practice that the shoes be as people-friendly, as well as animal-friendly as possible.  
Ethical Consumer has reviewed us in their shoe and walking boot guides, which you can find in the following links:  
Ethical consumer walking boots  
Ethical consumer shoes

 

Veja Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site. 
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: “Veja is an ethical brand concerns about social, environmental issues and fair trade. We have some vegan models but all the collection is not vegan. Our Vegan models are composed of wild rubber from Amazonia (40% to 60% / synthetic material for the rest) and biological cotton. Please find below the list of our Vegan models: Derby, Taua, Méditerranée”
 
Working conditions: Vejas odd take on ethics

 

Vesica Piscis Contact form
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Result: No reply
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
 
Correspondence:
Working conditions:

 

Vibramfivefingers Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: Contacted via form, email and fb wall post. This is the only response received (via fb wall post): “Sorry for the trouble – which country are you in?”, I responded, but did not receive a reply.
 
Working conditions:

 

Victoria Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “Thank you very much for your interest in Victoria and for writing us. Most of our models are made without using animals in any part of the process. For instance, our most representative model, Victoria plimsoll, is made with 100% cotton and a rubber sole. However, we have some Winter models which contain natural leather. If you have any doubt about the composition of a specific model of Victoria, please contact the brand.”
 
Working conditions: “We are based in Spain and and we produce according to the European laws.”

 

Vivobarefoot Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: Vegan page
Correspondence: “Everything you find on the ‘Vegan’ page under collections is 100% Vegan. Over the next couple of months, we will be releasing a programme to show the journey of each shoe, from start to finish so people are able to see exactly what goes into our shoes. The Vegan page should have all the information relevant to your plight, but we will be able to provide you with some great content in the next couple of months. Please do not hesitate to contact us again if you need any further assistance.”
 
Working conditions: “”You should find this information under our FAQ section of the website: Here is some extra information on the factories we use in China: ” Our canvas is not organic apart from where specified in the product descriptions. We use low-toxicity glue. Vegan labelled products use a glue with no animal content. All our factories sign up to our sustainable and good working conditions policy before they begin working with us. We encourage them to look at energy use, and will not tolerate workers under 16. This is commonplace now in the major factories. China is becoming a leader in environmental manufacturing. We work with our factories to achieve efficient and sustainable constructions and ways of making. We use an internal marking system called the Eco Matrix, which we use to evaluate each product on their environmental impact and sustainability and make changes where necessary. Please do not hesitate to contact us again if you need any further assistance.””

 

Walsh Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: Site has a Vegan page
Correspondence: This range of shoes is vegan friendly”
 
Working conditions: “We have excellent working conditions with our employees and our sub-contractors. All Vegan shoes are made in the UK.”

 

Wicked Hemp Contact form
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Result: No reply
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence:
 
Working conditions:

 

Wills Contact form
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Result: Vegan company
Correspondence: “Everything from Wills Vegan Shoes is vegan – we are registered with the Vegan Society”
 
Working conditions: “All Wills are produced in Europe under EU law. We choose factories on the quality of their production and work place conditions. Wills is an ethical company and pay its staff a living wage and provides a pleasant, safe and enjoyable work environment.”

 

Xero Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “All of our products are 100% vegan. Our FeelTrue rubber, Barefoam, and webbing are synthetic. The “leather” in our Z-Trek is actually Clarino. The hardware is metal or plastic. Our glues are water-based and also synthetic.”
 
Working conditions: “Our products, like 98% of all footwear, are made in China. We work with one of the top footwear manufacturing agencies and we visit the factories 3-4x/year. That agency, like us, insists on fair payment and treatment of workers… and that’s what we see when we’re there. There’s no child labor, no hazardous working conditions (beyond what is inherent in making compression molded rubber). We haven’t needed a “company policy” since our agent is handling the factories directly.”

 

Zamberlan Contact form
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Result: Vegan options
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: “Thank you for your email. I wanted to let you know I am waiting to hear back regarding bonding materials and dye used in our Speed Hiking line. These are the only items that I do not have an answer to currently. All other materials are synthetic materials and are not made with animal products.”
 
“I have confirmed that the Speed Hiking line is completely vegan and not made of any animal products, including the bonding agents and dyes.”
 
Working conditions: “uncooperative”

 

Zem Contact form
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Result: All Vegan
Details: ‘Vegan’ mentioned on site.  
Site has a search facility, but does not return results for ‘Vegan’.
Correspondence: “All ZEM’s are Vegan. Here is a link to our website noting this information. Sorry the search bar does not find for you, but please be assured we are 100% VEGAN.”
 
Working conditions: “ZEMGEAR has worked and manufactured in China for many years. Owner and founder, Christina Bracken‎, has been in footwear design and manufacturing for over 20 years. Throughout this time much has changed in China. Working with large clients like Fila and Prince or Columbia Sportswear requires the engagement of certified factories, able and willing to adhere to the standards socially responsible manufacturers agreed to engage. The same suppliers have been our production partners for more than 15 years now. ZEMgear’s suppliers follow the guidelines of the footwear industry standards for safety in the workplace, pay and vacation schedules and overall work environment. Our manufacturers and material suppliers also utilize a high level of recycling components for outsole production and for printing of all materials like boxes, shipping cartons or labels. Our packaging is designed to be al small as possible; shipping cost, storage cost and many associated resources are kept at a minimum.‎ I design and production we follow the ‘Less is More’ mantra of our products. ZEMgear’s philosophy of Responsible All The Way‎ reflects in all of our processes from design to manufacturing to shipping and distribution. I hope you find this information helpful. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.”

 

Zoot Contact form
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Result: Uncooperative
Details: ‘Vegan’ does not appear to be mentioned on site.  
Site has no search facility.
Correspondence: Contacted via contact form and fb message, after repeated contact attempts I received this reponse: “We are so sorry to hear that, can you please contact our Customer Service at (877) 412-7467” I followed up to try to get an online response, but no further response was received.
 
Working conditions:

 

Description of definitions used
Result Description
Vegan company The company is Vegan, there should never be any need to doubt any of their products. These companies should be an ethical consumers first choice for our own peace of mind.
All Vegan The company has stated by correspondence that all of their footwear products are Vegan. However, they do not appear to identify themselves as a Vegan company, so there is a possibility that future products will not be ethical.
Vegan options The company provides styles that are completely Vegan, but not all of their styles are Vegan.
Synthetic options, bonding agents and dyes may be of animal origin The company provides styles that are free from animal derived ingredients, excepting (perhaps) the bonding agents and/or dyes etc. This is the one that I find most annoying, basically the company does not know (or is unwilling to back itself regarding) the type of bonding agents and/or dyes etc that are used at all times. They may vary due to season/availability/price etc. To me this is both an ethical and quality control issue. Shoe manufacturers generally market themselves as high tech and very deliberate in their materials and design. The suggestion that they are unaware of their own ingredients and/or processes, brings the companies and the industry itself into question. Footwear purchased from these manufacturers, may or may not be Vegan.
Synthetic options, bonding agents and/or dyes are of animal origin The company provides styles that are free from animal derived ingredients, excepting the bonding agents and/or dyes etc, which they state are derived from animals. I have no idea why a company would choose to still do this in 2015.
No Vegan options The company deliberately chooses to provide no ethical footwear.
awaiting reply Not enough time has passed since I made initial contact with the company, or they have responded that they are collecting the required details so that they can respond appropriately.
No reply The company has been contacted at least 3 times over an extended period, using a variety of methods (email, contact form, facebook etc) but No reply has been received from them.
Uncooperative The company has been contacted at least 3 times over an extended period, using a variety of methods (email, contact form, facebook etc) but is only willing to provide vague details or none at all. Companies in this category tend to ask why they are being questioned, by who and for what purpose. But even after responding to their questions, they continue to be Uncooperative. Thankfully these companies are rare, the majority of companies in this survey have provided very good customer service. Only a handful of the companies surveyed make me want to look at Barnivore
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45 thoughts on “Vegan Athletic Shoes 2015

    • Agreed, it is an issue with the way that I do the survey. It is totally dependent upon decent, consistent and accurate customer service. This appears to be a common failing for many companies; answers vary, can be vague, the process can drag on for months… while other companies are both willing and able to answer both questions very well within a day or 2.
      I pose the question to the companies to make sure that they do understand what Vegan means and that they do include adhesives/glues, dyes etc. I am probably too specific in this respect, but I try to be consistent.

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  2. I actually tweeted Nike recently and got these replies

    TWEET 1: Look for synthetic leather or mesh in the shoe product description, Chris. We cant guarantee that a specific shoe is 100% vegan.

    TWEET 2: Try taking a look at these running shoes, Chris: gonike.me/6012BzTQI gonike.me/6014BzTQ0

  3. facebook page posting comes in very handy at times😉 it will be good to see their response to you! I am always concerned about the responses from individual customer service representatives varying/not being inline with actual company practices etc. Ideally the companies will all get sick of being questioned and will post in depth details on their websites so that we do not have to rely on customer service representatives.

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    • Just a note: the link from Keen to the vegan men’s shoes on their website shows mostly non-vegan shoes; the women’s and children’s links seem fine (just a couple of styles). Type vegan into their search for better results.

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  7. Today I emailed Under Armour to find out which of their running shoes are vegan. This was their response:
    “Unfortunately at this time we do not manufacture vegan running shoes. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback about the possibility of this shoe and have since forwarded your response to our footwear development team for review”.

    • The joys of customer service😉 A constant headache for me with this survey as well as other company contact re: veganism.
      Clearly a different reply to the one that they gave me, it always pays to check the labels (only partially helpful with shoes unfortunately) and to contact the manufacturer if purchasing shoes from a non-vegan brand.
      It will be interesting what info Under Armour supplies me with this year if I continue the survey.
      Always proceed with caution.

    • CSR’s are a pain in the butt, consistency is a major issue when it comes to collecting data. I am well aware that others have contacted companies that I have contacted and received different responses, or received a response when I have received none. It is both annoying and concerning as it makes it difficult to have any faith in the companies.
      I try to contact head office/global as much as possible; I believe they are much more likely to provide good service and actually have access to the facts.
      I live in Australia so I at times I am forced via redirections to interact with the Australian offices or distributors.

      Always good to see people contacting these companies. Demand needs to create supply if we want the world to change.

      • Yes. Also where possible I always try and buy from 100% vegan businesses first and foremost.

        New Balance had the same reply as ASICS, although I also emailed ASICS who did mention their soon to be released vegan suitable Tiger 81. As far as I can see Nike can only be contacted by phone😦.

        In the end I went with Merrell ‘MEN’S BARE ACCESS 4’ got them for $99.95 + $10 freight. I like that Merrell Australia have vegan searchable on their website and “Vegan friendly footwear” included in the product description! Too easy. I also like that they have a free postage returns for incorrect size (I actually think this should be a minimum standard for on-line shoe sellers). The shoes are great, I’m very happy with them.

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  9. Thank you for this site!! I HATE shopping for shoes. I have purchased a couple pairs of Sauconys & they fall apart far too soon ( & the company blames me & says I’m dragging the toes). I just ordered a pair of trail shoes from Topo & cannot wait to receive them! Thanks for all of your research, what a time saver & I’m so excited to order from a Vegan company.

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  12. Thank you so much for this! I’m relieved that I’m going to be able to continue to buy my favourite brand of running shoe (Brooks). It’s important to me that by running, I don’t support cruelty.

  13. I talked with Someone at Under Armour today. She said none of UA’s shoes are vegan. Additionally, a check of the shoes Asics claims above to be vegan reveals they often have suede.

    • Perhaps you can send the link through to whoever you spoke with at UA and query them about it? I have included a direct quote from UA
      https://vegan8.me/vegan-athletic-shoes/vegan-athletic-shoes-2015/#underarmour
      Different customer service representatives can give different answers unfortunately. I am hoping in time that the companies will all label their products/sites and provide real information on their sites (FAQ etc)

      Asics list the season/year of the shoe in question. It is now quite some time since they provided that list; the shoes that they list on the website are potentially different. It always pays to check prior to purchase.

  14. Bullshit ALERT, BEWARE!

    Feelmax shoes are ALL probably LEATHER

    “Correspondence: “Our vegan models are: Niesa 3, Panka 2, Uura, Osma 3 and Osma 4””

    lookup: http://feelmax.fi/shoes/panka-2/ says clearly “Materials: Leather and Coolspacer” also the other listed shoes’ material Velukid seems to be made of animal skin too.

    • Thank you for your oh so lovely comment.
      I contacted feelmax after reading it and received this response within 1 day:
      “There is an error in description: The Panka 2 is vegan (the previous version – Panka – was made of leather). We will correct it”

  15. Great website!! I’m looking for new sneakers and have gone to New Balance before and utilized their search engine. However, today I typed in ‘vegan’, and got “We’re sorry, we couldn’t find any results for “vegan”. ” Also, you mention their website has a ‘Vegan FAQ’, but when I click on the link I get “Server not found”. Maybe they are working on something? Anyway, I’m disappointed and thought I’d post my findings here. I hope it’s temporary. Thanks for all the great info!!

  16. Hi, I am looking for weightlifting shoes. I contacted Nike in their chat about their Romaleos2 and the representative said those are vegan. Have the conversation emailed to me if you’d like to check it out. Other places on the net say the use plastic covered leather (PU), but Nike say it is synthetic leather. Do you think I could trust their answer? I am torn between these and the Inov8 fastlift.. Thanks🙂
    Btw, I have a new vegan fitness blog if you’re interested to check it out😉

    • Hi again, apparently the rep who I consulted on the chat wasn’t right. I emailed Nike’s customer service and this was their answer (took aprox 24 hours to get the reply, guess they’ve improved their customer service):
      “Thank you for your email, I would be more than happy to look into this!
      I have discussed this with my senior team, they advised that the shoe is comprised of synthetic materials, however we cannot 100% that the product is suitable for vegans. I do apologise, rest assured I have captured feedback from this issue and forwarded it on to the relevant department for review.
      If you you have any further questions or queries, please feel free to get back to me!”
      Now, if this particular shoe is made of synthetic materials, but they cannot assure that it is vegan, I assume it means that either the dye or the glue they use may not be vegan which means they use those in the rest of their shoes.
      I really hope more and more vegans approach those big companies like Nike so that they see how many customers they are losing and maybe will make a change eventually.
      Cheers,
      Mary.

      • One of the most annoying issues, is the lack of knowledge/interest/honesty that the customer service representatives have. It is far too easy to get different responses to the same question.
        More vegans need to ask for vegan products, that encourages companies to supply more products and also leads them to supplying the correct information on their websites.
        My experience with contacting the larger companies has pushed me further away from them.

        • I sent them an email hoping they will understand one day what a big audience they could get by going cruelty free. As for myself I prefer to support smaller and already cruelty free brands even if they’re not AS good (smaller brands have less money to invest in research and such) and I hope the time will come and cruelty free brands are a lot more common and better quality. I am planning to get the Inov8 shoes for myself and reviewing them, while providing a feedback for the company also. Hope it will make some difference.

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