Top 5 Men’s Eco-Friendly Shoe Brands
Men’s fashion is in the middle of an upswing. Industry revenue is expected to top $40 billion annually by 2020. Men are more concerned than ever with their personal appearance, and designers are taking note. The recently concluded London Collections: Men SS17 was a men’s only fashion week that proudly showcased bold experimentation and risk taking. But one big gamble that many designers are taking is on sustainable footwear. Though many headlines focus on sustainability in women’s fashion, men’s designers are proving they can lead the conversation here as well.
Billed as the world’s first fair trade certified footwear manufacturing factory, Oliberté proudly supports worker’s rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. And the brand’s focus on sustainable fashions has led to some high-profile collaborations. The brand is currently selling a desert boot and chukka boot designed in partnership with fashion wunderkind Mark McNairy. And Oliberté’s assortment features everything from boat shoes to wingtips to sneakers.
If you’re looking for a shoe brand that puts the environment first but still produces designs that compete with those of Nike and Adidas, look no further than Native Shoes. The brand uses a low-emission manufacturing process, and its foam-injection molding process produces low waste. The shoes are beast-free and PETA-approved Vegan. All of their shoes are also REACH and CPSIA compliant as well as BPA and phthalate free. Hazardous materials like formaldehyde are not used. And even their packing and shipping materials are made of recyclable materials. On top of all the environmental good, styles like the Apollo Moc are sleek, stylish, and lightweight.
VIVOBAREFOOT operates on the philosophies of Ehrenfeld’s book “Sustain-ability”. They firmly believe that products should connect people to nature and make them feel more human. The brand works to conserve energy by constantly developing new technologies that create cost-effective improvements. The team works with indigenous shoemakers from around the world to create shoes that are easier to make, better to wear, and last longer. The company uses leathers from wild roaming cattle and sustainably tanned hides. VIVOBAREFOOT uses sustainably sourced natural yarns and materials like cork. The brand also uses recycled PET and rubber compounds. VIVOBAREFOOT selects materials that are as close to the shoe factory as possible to limit unnecessary transport and emissions. At the core of what this brand does is make shoes that are durable over long periods of time and keep your feet warm in any temperature.
El Naturalista sets itself apart from other eco-friendly brands by offering an entire line of vegan shoes. These shoes contain no trace of animal products in any part of the shoe. This includes the lining, cut, treatment, and finish of its shoes. Even its non-vegan offerings are still sustainable. Many of its designs feature Chrome-free leather and rubber soles that are biodegradable in 500 years.
TOMS has a strong reputation for its signature classic shoe styles. But its efforts behind the scenes are what makes this shoe brand truly unique. For every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS helps to provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth, and bullying prevention services to people in need. And the vast majority of its men’s shoes are vegan.