It’s really hard to find the right shoes as it is, without the added stress of making sure every piece of them (including the glue) is animal-product free. Thankfully we’ve done all the research for you and found the best vegan hiking boots for women.
In the past, leather has been the go-to material for hiking shoes because of its durability. However, leather is heavy and bulky whereas synthetic materials, like nylon and polyester, are lightweight, breathable and reduce your impact on nature.
We’ve made the task of buying your next pair, a walk in the park. We have the very best right here in one simple list. It couldn’t be easier.
If you pick up a pair of shoes listed below, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that they are 100% vegan and great quality!
Best Ladies Vegan Waterproof Hiking Boots
The top hiking boots on our list are Adidas Outdoor Women’s Terrex Swift R Mid GTX and it’s easy to see why. They are comfortable, supportive and waterproof – the perfect boot to get you through any hike, come rain or shine. You will feel stylish, safe and supported in these awesome ladies vegan hiking boots.
The high tops provide good, sturdy ankle support and they have a great grip to help you over any rocky terrain. The midsole has an Adiprene insert which provides added comfort and shock absorption and the outsole has super high traction rubber for optimal grip in wet conditions. These boots are available in a range of colors – our personal favorite being the shock pink/ granite.
You might find that the bungee style laces take a bit of getting used to but once you’ve mastered the lacing up you will find them so convenient! Just slide your foot in, tighten up and you are ready to go.
These boots are for the avid hiker who is also a little brand and fashion conscious. If you like to look good while keeping fit then these are the perfect boots for you.
Animal Friendly Hiking Boots
The second boots on our list are the Merrell Women’s Capra Sport Gore-Tex. The mid height of these boots makes them a rare find and can be used for a wide range of activities.
They are made from synthetic leather and have a mesh lining which has been treated with M-Select fresh for odour resistance. The EVA molded footbed provides extra comfort for those long, taxing hikes and the GORE-TEX waterproof membrane repels moisture and increases breathability. These boots have superb arch and ankle support and little or no breaking in is required.
The shoe itself is quite narrow so getting half a size up is recommended. Once you have the perfect fit you will want to wear these boots everywhere you go!
The Merrell Lady’s Capra Sport Gore-Tex Hiking Boots are for anyone looking for a versatile shoe for any sport or outdoor activity. They are good looking and sturdy with the added comfort of a moulded footbed. Whether you’re, walking, running or hiking you can’t go wrong with these impressive boots
Winter Hiking Boots
We absolutely love the Dailyshoes Winter Model! Their design is perfect for winter hikes and we love the added touch of the fluffy trim along the opening – can you say eskimo-chic? These faux fur ladies’ boots are the perfect height for keeping your feet, ankles and calves warm on an icy cold hike.
We love the faux fur! You won’t have any trouble walking through snow in these beauties. The vegan leather construction and water resistant cloth keep any wetness out resulting in a comfortable, dry hiking experience. The boots have high traction soles with deep lugs which will prevent you from slipping on any ice or snow. Don’t be fooled by the low price, these boots will last you a good few seasons.
Because of their warm and fluffy design, you might think you can only wear them in snowy wet weather. These boots will offer you versatility almost all year round, Winter, Spring and Autumn. Paired with a pair of skinny jeans and a T- shirt, you can wear these boots not just for hiking but on practically any occasion.
These boots are fun, flirty and functional; appealing to hikers with a flair for fashion. Don’t let the rain and snow keep you indoors this winter, get yourself a pair of these faux fur boots and enjoy your next winter hike.
Vegan Walking Shoes for Women
Number 4 on our list are the Jambu Women’s Spirit-Vegan Flats. If you’re looking for a lower cut hiking boot these are the way to go. Jambu uses partially recycled rubber in the manufacturing of their shoes as well as 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. These hiking shoes are eco- friendly and lightweight and they leave a minimal footprint on the environment!
The bold bungee laces add a really funky element to the overall design – choose between colours like Saddle Sangria and Ice Chive. The easy hook loop closure is so convenient, just tighten up and you’re done. The memory foam insoles will mould perfectly to the shape of your foot making them so comfortable you won’t want to take them off!
The Jambu Women’s Spirit-Vegan Flats are not adjustable so be sure to get the perfect size. The oh-so comfortable memory foam feels incredible when the shoe fits you snugly.
These hiking shoes are for those planning less strenuous treks into the great outdoors. They are simple and sturdy shoes perfect for every day hikes and walks.
Superfeet Premium Shoe Insoles
Ok, so not exactly a hiking boot but very essential if comfort and support are what you are after. Superfeet Premium insoles should be a standard purchase for any hiker. They are designed to fit most shoe brands and alleviate common foot pain especially heel and arch discomfort.
The organic odour control coating will allow you to use these inner soles for hours, potentially days, on end. The deep heel cup and biomechanical shape help with natural shock absorption which, in turn, helps relieve pressure on your feet, ankles and knees. The closed-cell high density foam layer cushions the foot and adds support the for long lasting comfort. They are like pillows for your feet!
Inner soles are bought in addition to your new hiking boots, but it’s definitely money well spent. The arch support alone will make you wonder why you hadn’t bought these sooner, plus they are 100% vegan.
The Superfeet Premium Shoe Insoles are perfect for those looking for extra comfort, or who have an old or existing injury that needs support. That being said, we think absolutely everyone with feet should invest in these incredibly comfortable inner soles.
Some Extra Advice on Choosing your Perfect Pair
It takes a lot of detective work to ensure that the shoe you are looking to buy is absolutely and completely vegan. It’s recommended to read the specifications sheet of each brand of boot and go through each product used in the manufacturing process to be 100% certain. (Although we would like to take the seller’s word for it, sometimes there are some sneaky animal products used in the process.)
Finding any hiking boot can be a laborious task especially with all the options available. You might be looking for high tops with ankle support or lightweight low cut trail runners. If you are fashion conscious you could potentially spend days searching for the perfect pair of boots which look good, feel great and aren’t too heavy to hike in.
Thankfully, with the latest advances in material composition, animal-friendly footwear has become infinitely lighter while actually improving in strength and quality. Meaning we no longer have to turn to leather for the best boots in town.
We hope you have found our review helpful and informative. If you have anything to add, send us a message in the comments below. You can also see our 5 Finger Split Toe Shoes review for a really natural feel to walking and running.
Also check out this related article for an everyday, waterproof option: Black Duck Boots for Women