Men's Casual Shoes
Whether shopping for yourself, a friend, or a loved one, it's much easier to find men's vegan casual shoes if you know that what you're looking at is actually vegan. All of the casual shoes listed here are free of animal-derived materials and by-products.
Men's Casual Shoes
What are “vegan” men’s casual shoes?
Vegan men’s casual shoes are shoes that use cruelty-free materials (including dyes and adhesives) that are not derived from, or tested on animals. There are many different types of vegan casual shoes, including skate shoes, classic/retro sneakers, technical sneakers, loafers, chukkas, boat shoes, derbies, espadrilles, and other varieties of shoes that you wouldn’t (or at least shouldn’t!) wear on formal occasions.
What materials are used to make vegan men’s casual shoes?
Vegan causal shoes can be made from any combination of natural and synthetic materials and fibres, including:
- Canvas (made from hemp, flax, linen, cotton, or other materials)
- Synthetic vegan leather (made from PU, PVC, microfibre, or various other materials)
- Natural vegan leather (derived from pineapples, mushrooms, kelp, or other plants)
- Synthetic vegan suede (typically made from different combinations of microfibre)
- Rubber, often used for the soles of shoes, but sometimes the whole shoe!
- Various other animal-friendly materials
Why buy casual shoes that are vegan?
Why harm something that you don’t have to? Sneakers, loafers, boat shoes, chukkas, derbies and other types of casual shoes made without the use of animal materials, byproducts and testing are just as good, and in many cases superior, to their non-vegan counterparts. And if you're concerned with animal welfare, this is a no-brainer.
Does buying one pair of vegan casual shoes really make a difference?
Yes, it’s actually one of the best forms of animal activism, believe it or not, and here’s a simplified explanation of how it works: When you buy one pair of vegan causal shoes, you’re effectively telling the store there’s demand for these shoes. They need to replenish the supply, so the 'demand' filters down to the manufacturer and designers, who get the message that more vegan casual shoes need to be produced to keep up with demand. Market demand will fuel supply. As a bonus, this also cuts revenue and demand for cruelty-based animal skin casual shoes. The best way to stop companies from making shoes using leather, is simply to stop buying them.
Are men’s vegan casual shoes expensive?
It really depends on the pair. Just like their non-vegan counterparts, vegan casual shoes are designed, produced and sold by different designers, brands and stores, and can be made in different styles from different combinations of materials. The prices of these shoes will vary accordingly.
Should I get rid of non-vegan casual shoes that I already own?
This is a very controversial topic within the vegan community. In our opinion, it’s up to you to decide. If you can’t even look at your leather loafers after you turn vegan, then give them away or sell them. Or, if you want to keep wearing them until they've outlived their usefulness, either because you can’t afford new ones or for some other reason, simply replace them with a vegan pair of loafers when the time comes. The worst thing you could do is just toss them in the trash, but ultimately it’s up to you to decide how you want to manage your wardrobe turnover.
What companies make vegan casual shoes for men?
There are 2 types of companies that make men’s vegan casual and non-formal shoes; companies that primarily make the shoes using animal derived materials, by-products and testing, but choose to include vegan items to broaden their marketing reach or for other reasons. Then there are companies that exclusively make vegan causal shoes (and possibly other goods), for ethical, sustainability, business or other possible reasons. Some companies whose boat shoes, sneakers, loafers, chukkas, derbies and other casual shoes are entirely vegan include:
- Will’s Vegan Shoes
- Native Shoes
- Brave Gentleman
- Bourgeois Boheme
- Unstitched Utilities
How do you choose which companies to list?
We keep a list of companies that we find by way of social media, word of mouth, by old-fashioned Google searches and by other methods, whose entire catalogue, or a specific model or line, of men’s casual shoes seems to be animal-friendly. We contact these companies to check that they don’t use any animal-derived materials or testing in the making of these products. If we’re convinced the items are suitable for vegans, and they’re listed on Amazon for your one-stop shopping convenience, then we display them here.
Do you list vegan casual shoes from non-vegan companies?
We think it’s great that more and more non-vegan companies are adding cruelty-free casual shoes and other items to their catalogue, whatever the reasoning behind it might be. If we contact these companies to check on the “veganism” of their shoes and we can’t get complete, consistent and straight answers to our questions, we won’t list their products. However, if multiple company representatives assure us that certain (or all) products are vegan, and they provide us with clear and consistent answers (and they’re listed on Amazon), then we’ll list them.
Check out our similar product categories
Learned enough about vegan casual shoes for now? We’ve got more helpful pages similar to this one to peruse:
- Men’s Footwear
- Men’s Vegan Boots
- Men’s Athletic Shoes
- Men’s Sandals
- Women’s Heels & Wedges
- Women’s Flats
For companies that make men’s vegan casual shoes
If you or your employer makes vegan loafers, boat shoes, sandals, chukkas, boots, loafers, technical sneakers, classic sneakers, skate shoes, or any vegan product for that matter, we’d love to feature those products on our site... for free! Contact us at - info(at)getitvegan(dot)com - to find out more!
Some of the information for this mini guide on men’s vegan and cruelty free causal shoes was obtained from the following sources:
- Blog: “What is Vegan Leather?” Mustafa Shaikh (January 27, 2017). 36 Chambers. Retrieved March 23, 2017. https://www.36chambers.com/blogs/news/what-is-vegan-leather
- Materials: “Vegan Materials We Use” (n.d.). Vegetarian Shoes. Retrieved March 23, 2017. http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/materials/1659_i.html