The best eco-friendly shoes, boots, heels and trainers brands

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Hannah Keegan
Veja trainers street style

From vegan pumps to environmentally-friendly trainers, here are Stylist’s 5 favourite sustainable footwear brands. 

Being more thoughtful with the way we shop is something we can all make a conscious effort to do. Of course we all get the urges when there are so many new trends popping up (we’re only human) but it’s about making the right purchases rather than those impulse throwaway buys. Let’s start with shoes. 

Whether you’re a trainers fanatic, a heel lover or a sucker for a great pair of sandals – we’ve found the sustainable brands that’ll suit you. 

From the cult Veja trainers mainly made from vegan leather that have gained Meghan Markle’s approval, to classic Dr Martins that now use 100% recycled packaging. These are the 5 shoe brands that will make for a slightly more guilt-free shop. 

Fashion blogger Alessa Winter wearing Dr. Martens boots at Copenhagen Fashion Week.

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens has a lifetime warranty collection and uses packaging made from 100% post-consumer waste. It also uses sustainable materials such as recycled airbags, cork and pineapple leather in some shoes.

Dr Martens Blaire sandals

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£109.99, Dr Martens


Regularly spotted on the front row at Fashion Week, Veja makes stylish, environmentally friendly trainers with raw materials sourced from ecological agriculture, without chemicals or polluting processes.

Veja Esplar vegan leather and suede-trimmed organic cotton-canvas sneakers

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£75, Veja


Founded by an engineer and renewables expert, Allbirds has created a pioneering sustainable wool fabric specifically for its sturdy, stylish trainers. It also uses recyclable packaging.

Allbirds women’s wool runners

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£72.50, Allbirds

Brother Vellies

With its directional gingham sliders and denim mules, New York favourite Brother Vellies is focused on nurturing sustainable practices. The brand uses kudu leather (a byproduct of the meat industry), vegetable dye and forges close ties with its farmers.

Brother Vellies burkina slide in topanga picnic

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£217, Brother Vellies


Known for its holiday-ready pumps, Toms has a growing range of sustainably made vegan shoes. It uses hemp, organic cotton and recycled polyester, and all of its boxes are 80% recycled post consumer waste.

Toms white navy riviera striped women’s classic

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£40, Toms

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