Founded in 2013 by a committed vegan, Ahimsa is a fully vegan footwear brand. They’re PETA certified vegan, and they’ve confirmed with us that they don’t use any animal ingredients, materials or by-products in any components of their footwear, including the glues.
Ahimsa is a Fully Vegan Brand
Located in the countryside of São Paulo, Brazil, Ahimsa has veganism running through its veins - some of their shoes even have #govegan boldly displayed on their tags. So there's no need to worry, only live animals come into their factory.
- Committed to improving their sustainability
- Wide variety of shoe types
- PETA-approved vegan
- Men's, women's and unisex styling
- Make vegan "Chucks" and moccasins
- Upper-mid-range price point
- Shoes are handmade in Brazil
- Company is based in Brazil
- Use a variety of recycled materials
About Ahimsa Vegan Shoes
Ahimsa is a brand that's concerned with the big 3: veganism, fair labour, and sustainable production.
What sustainability measures does Ahimsa incorporate?They use a variety of recycled materials, such as discarded textiles and recycled PET bottles in some of their shoes, and importantly (and often overlooked) they focus also on the durability of all of the materials they use.
Are Ahimsa shoes recyclable?We've asked the Ahimsa team what the end-of-life plan for their shoes is, and are currently waiting to hear back.
What are Ahimsa shoes made of?Ahimsa uses a variety of synthetic, recycled and organic materials in their shoes, including vegan leather (theirs from polyurethane, or "PU" - which is becoming more sustainable), cotton (for canvas, and lining), and recycled PET bottles. Ahimsa also keeps a close eye on the development of new leather-like alternative materials, such as pineapple leather, apple leather and mycelium leather in order to evaluate them for use in future products.
Do Ahimsa shoes ever go on sale?Ahimsa occasionally lists some of their shoe, boot and sandal models for sale, often at a steep discount when they do (~40%). They also offer 10% off of your first order when you sign up for their newsletter via their website.
Are Ahimsa workers treated fairly?Ahimsa's factory is located in São Paulo, Brazil, so their worker's are protected by the labour laws of Brazil, which include 8 hour work days, or 44 hour work weeks (similar to Alberta, Canada). Their website also provides a lot of transparency with regard to introducing the team behind their shoes, including the labourers, and images from the production floor.
Is Ahimsa charitable?We've asked Ahimsa what charitable initiatives they partake in, if any, and are awaiting their answer.
Where can I buy Ahimsa shoes?Currently, we're waiting for Ahimsa to let us know where their shoes can be purchased aside from their website. Many of their shoes are also available on Amazon from 3rd party vendors.
Ahimsa Product Range
Ahimsa makes a pretty wide variety of footwear, including casual shoes, sneakers, boots, sandals, dress shoes, heels and pumps. Some of the specific types of shoes they make include:
- High-top sneakers
- Low-top sneakers
- Vegan "Chucks"
- Canvas slip-ons
- Vegan moccasins
- Hiking shoes
- Hiking boots
- Canvas sliders
- Ballet flats
- Ankle boots
- Chukka boots
- Chelsea boots
- Strapped sandals
- Penny loafers