Many winter shoes are warm, but neither fair nor vegan. We therefore show you brands whose shoes you can buy without hesitation.
First of all, it is important to know what characterizes a sustainable winter shoe in the first place. The different brands focus on different aspects here: Some use sustainable, vegan leather for their women’s and men’s winter shoes or work with materials made from recycled PET bottles. Others use animal leather from Europe – sometimes even from certified organic livestock farming. There are no precise rules defining when a winter shoe can really be described as sustainable. One thing is certain, however: if you find out more about the brand, the production and the material of the shoe before you buy it, you’ve already done a lot right.
Highest standards for sustainable and fair production
As a modern family business and environmentally friendly outdoor clothing supplier, Vaude takes its responsibility for people and nature very seriously. The Tettnang-based company has been in the outdoor and mountain sports business for almost 50 years and continues to set new standards for sustainable business, environmentally friendly product innovations and fair production conditions.
This also applies to the fashionable and urban men’s winter shoe UBN Kiruna II Mid STX for everyday use in the city. The winter shoe is not only ultra-comfortable, but also lightweight, sporty and equipped against all weathers. And a real environmental friend as well: The robust nubuck leather from the German manufacturer Heinen is one of the best in the world in terms of quality, the warm inner lining with recycled content warms even on icy days. And the recyclable and PTFE- and PFC-free Sympatex membrane guarantees dry feet and good breathability.
The sustainable winner among winter bike shoes
If you don’t want to miss out on cycling in winter, you should invest in a robust and weatherproof winter cycling shoe. Vaude has invented the perfect sustainable solution for this: The half-high cut, waterproof and windproof winter bike shoe Minaki II STX.
This one protects reliably against dirt and moisture thanks to the waterproof construction with recycled Sympatex membrane; a good insulation layer also keeps the feet warm up to above the ankle. The VAUDE Green Shape label also guarantees an environmentally friendly, functional product made from sustainable materials.
This way, the biking season goes easy into all-year extension! The trade magazines MountainBIKE and RoadBIKE confirm this: The Minaki Mid II STX convinced an expert jury and took first place with 92 out of 100 points with the top rating “Outstanding” in their winter cycling shoe test 2020/2021.
Sustainable and the City
Camel Active is an international lifestyle brand that has made active, sustainable and responsible behaviour and action its daily business, not just clothing and footwear. Wherever possible, attention is paid to sustainable and resource-saving processes.
For selected outdoor jackets and shoes, Camel Active therefore also uses the completely recyclable, PTFE- and PFC-free and climate-neutrally produced Sympatex membrane. The Sympatex membrane also ensures that the sturdy winter outdoor boot is equipped for any weather and all activities in nature or in the city. The upper material of the shoe is a combination of high-quality processed leather and suede. The Sympatex membrane makes the boot water-repellent and yet breathable.
Eco-friendly and functional – the perfect winter shoes
Whether it’s snow, mud or wet – an eco-friendly, functional product made from sustainable materials not only keeps your feet dry and warm in any weather but also helps our planet. And if you’re still looking for the right pair of gloves, check out our blog post on sustainable winter gloves for helpful tips and buying recommendations.