What are Vegan Hiking Boots?
Hiking boots are sturdy boots that protect your feet and ankles while participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, backpacking, and crossing over rough terrain.
Vegan hiking boots check all of the same boxes with the added bonus of not using any animal materials. These boots are designed for vegans or people making the transition to veganism.
Typically, people will choose to become a vegan and to purchase vegan clothing for ethical reasons, environmental reasons, economic reasons and more.
Non-vegan hiking boots often use leather, as well as sometimes fur.
Even synthetic hiking boots can use glue that contains animal products. However, there are many materials that can be used to make vegan hiking boots.
These materials include faux suede, faux fur, hemp, natural rubber, foam, urethane, recycled plastics, gore-tex (used for waterproofing), and synthetic meshes.
Whereas some companies will label their boots explicitly as “vegan” or “vegan-friendly,” not all of them do.
You will sometimes need to research a product to determine whether or not it is vegan.
In order to determine whether a hiking boot is vegan, it can be helpful to examine the labels while looking at the product in the store, research the boot online, look into the materials used to make it, and to contact the company asking questions about the specific model.
An example of a vegan hiking boot is REI’s Altra Lone Peak 3.0 NeoShell Mid Hiking Boot. These boots are waterproof and are designed to be breathable and to provide protection for your feet while not using animal products.
Another example of a vegan hiking boot is Merrell Men’s Capra Venture Mid Gore-Tex Surround boot.
This boot is also made using synthetic materials and is similarly waterproof, breathable, and durable without the use of materials such as leather and glue containing animal products.
Vegan hiking boots are one of the many hiking products that would be required for hiking while vegan. While it may be more difficult to find them than non-vegan boots, there are many options available online and in stores.