6 Vegan Hiking Boots to Feel Good About
Rather have the critters in the woods than on your feet? Here are some 100% animal-free vegan hiking boot options for backpackers of every type.
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Perfect for hiking or trail running, these spiffy looking trainers have a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane protect from rain and puddles while rubber outsoles and thick lugs give you the traction you need. Nice bonus: speed lacing. Available in men’s and women’s versions. $135; rei.com
Merrell has a host of vegan-friendly shoes for men and women, but the Grassbows take the hiker crown. The shoe is covered in breathable, synthetic mesh that repels water, keeping feet dry. The signature Merrell air cushion absorbs shock, while the grip on the outsole provides added traction. Also available in a men’s version. $130; merrell.com
Looking for a lighter trail shoe? Wicked Hemp shoes are, naturally, made from hemp canvas, which keeps your feet comfortable in all temperatures. The shoe also features recycled plastic toe caps and natural rubber outsoles. $84; wicked hemp.com
Alpinists should check out the La Sportiva Trango boot series, which is equipped with Vibram soles and Supertrek Rubber to keep you on the trail. $320; sportiva.com
This lightweight hiker won an Editor’s Choice Award back in 2011 for its IceLock HyperGrip traction, triple-density insole for arch support, quick-drying synthetic materials and Gore-Tex waterproof-breathable membrane. $160; trekstausa.com
These Zamberlan boots won an Editor’s Choice Award in 2013 due to their balance of “weight savings, ankle support, and heave-duty load-worthiness.” The boots, equipped with Gore-Tex lining and Kevlar and Cordura wrapping, save weight. $170; zamberlanusa.com [photo: Ben Fullerton]