There are tons of ethical fashion brands for women, but finding ethically made fashion for men can be a bit trickier. There just aren’t as many options. Thankfully, I’ve found some awesome ethically made men’s footwear that I’m going to share with y’all today! This post is not sponsored–all opinions are my own.
My husband isn’t a guy who buys a lot of clothes, and he always sticks to the same styles. So, we haven’t had to purchase much clothing for him since my transition to ethically made fashion. The one thing he has needed is new shoes!
Wes tends to wear three different types of shoes: dress shoes, tennis shoes, and classic Southern boat shoes. I noticed last year that his boat shoes had seen better days, so I started to hunt for some new, ethically made boat shoes.
Boat shoes are typically made of leather, and it was really important to me to try to find some that were not leather. I personally cannot stomach the idea of an animal being killed and stripped of its skin for the sole purpose of fashion. Vegan, ethically made boat shoes were a tall order. I had seen vegan, ethically made men’s shoes before, but they were always boots. I had never seen boat shoes. Boat shoes are typically only worn in warm climates, so they just aren’t as common.
After searching far and wide, I found only one brand selling a pair of shoes that met all of my criteria: Will’s Vegan Shoes! Their shoes are ethically made in Portugal under European Union employment, discrimination, and health/safety laws. The company is certified carbon neutral and operates a plastic-free supply chain. And, of course, the shoes are completely vegan. In short, their environmental and social policies are some of the strongest I’ve ever seen.
I was so excited to have finally found what I was looking for. I decided to order Wes a pair of the navy boat shoes since they were a little different than the typical tan but would also match most of Wes’s wardrobe.
I was a little nervous about ordering these shoes online since it is hard to tell what the fit will be like without actually trying them on. Sure enough, the shoes actually turned out to be the wrong size when Wes first tried them on. But, the return process turned out to be quick and easy–and free!! The second pair fit much better, and Wes was a happy camper with his new shoes.
The reason I often wait awhile before posting about a product I’ve purchased is because I want to see how well they hold up before recommending them. Wes has been wearing these shoes for a year now, so we can confidently say that the quality of these shoes is incredible. Like many guys, Wes is not gentle with his shoes. He has had these shoes for a year and they still look nearly brand new. All of the photos in this post were taken just yesterday, and we did not clean the shoes at all before photographing them. The nice thing about the shoes being made from vegan material is that they haven’t stained or started to discolor like leather often will. And, Wes tells me they are very comfortable!
Will’s Vegan Shoes has lots of other shoe styles as well, including men’s dress shoes, hiking boots, fashion boots, sneakers, and sandals. They also make women’s shoes, kids’ shoes, and accessories like bags and belts.
I highly recommend this brand for anyone looking for high quality, vegan, ethically made shoes. And if you’re looking for some other type of ethically made menswear, I want to provide you with encouragement that it can be found! There is definitely some awesome ethical men’s fashion out there if you’re willing to look around and do your research.