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The best vegan running shoes on the market

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It can be a nightmare finding the perfect running shoe, especially when youre looking for vegan running shoes. But there are plenty of options out there for running enthusiasts living sustainably.

Often when shopping for running shoes, many of us can overlook the fact that not all kicks are created equal. Some running shoes on the market still use materials derived from animal products or synthetic materials that aren’t environmentally friendly.

That said, the industry is changing, and brands are becoming more and more vegan-friendly. And, don’t get it twisted; these vegan shoes are as stylish, strong and durable as their non-vegan counterparts. Here’s a rundown of the best vegan running shoes on the market in 2021.

Brooks Ghost 12

Price: £120

Brooks is at the top of its game for vegan running shoes for both men and women. Its whole range is vegan, apart from its Chariot and Vanguard lines. It’s also a brand committed to sustainability, focusing its efforts on responsible sourcing and using eco-friendly materials.

The Brooks Ghost 12 is one of the best running shoes out there. The shoe uses soft DNA loft foam, which means it’s incredibly comfortable and great for quick takeoffs. Its lightweight style also that you can reach your speed goals with greater ease.

These vegan shoes have a breathable mesh upper, too, keeping your feet nice and cool.

Topo Athletic Magnifly 3 Zero Drop

Price: £120

 

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Topo Athletic is one of the new kids on the block offering vegan running shoes, but it now has an excellent vegan shoe range. All of its models, bar the Rekovr, are vegan.

The Topo Athletic Magnifly 3 Zero Drop is a fantastic vegan road running shoe. It’s super lightweight and breathable, meaning you can run to the max without feeling constrained.

It also boasts two-level cushioning for extra comfort and a roomy toe box for runners taking on long distances. And you don’t need to worry about your feet stinking because these shoes also reduce odour buildup.

Read our story on vegan running in lockdown.

On Cloudflow

Price: £130

 

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On is a Swiss brand that delivers high-performance vegan running shoes. Focused on crafting a vegan-friendly brand, the company uses recycled polyester, bio-based polyester, and vegan leather.

Whether you’re interested in racing or fast sessions, On’s Cloudflows are the vegan running shoes for you. These vegan shoes are light and responsive, featuring cloud pods that are constructed from zero-gravity foam. Its re-engineered Speedboard also boosts acceleration.

Xero Prio and TerraFlex

Price: £59.95 (Xero TerraFlex), £84.95 (Xero Prio)

 

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Xero offers two 100% vegan lines, the Prio and the TerraFlex, to accommodate vegan running.

The TerraFlex is a shoe you can count on with superb durability and grip, perfect for trail runs in the heart of nature, whatever the weather. It also has a zero-drop from heel to toe for a more natural feel when running.

The Prio, meanwhile, is a lightweight, minimalist shoe with a FeelTrue rubber sole that makes your feet feel like they’re really touching the ground on long runs. Its wide-toe box allows you to wiggle your toes and your feet to breathe.

The Prio is also very versatile and can be used for walking, hiking and lifting weights too. These shoes are the most affordable vegan running shoes on our list.

Adidas Ultraboost 20 S

Price: £159.95

 

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While Adidas is not yet a completely vegan brand, its vegan range is expanding. In recent years, it has also been pushing to use more sustainable materials and improve its environmental footprint.

The Adidas Ultraboost 20 S was created in collaboration with Stella McCartney and is made from recycled ocean plastic. With its BOOST technology for cushioning and stylish, vibrant colours, it’s great as a technical running shoe and can even be worn as casual wear.

Its Stretchweb outsole means you can move quickly, with ease, while its torsion system located between the forefoot and heel ensures stability.

Although the Ultraboost 20 S is slightly pricier than some of the other vegan running shoes on the market, its flexible wearability and stylish aesthetic make it all worth it.

Mizuno Wave Rider 24

Price: £130

 

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Mizuno is a vegan shoe brand that now sells only 100% vegan shoes. And its selection is top of the range for running shoes.

The Mizuno Wave Rider 24 is a high-performance, neutral running shoe, awarded “Best In Test” by Runner’s World in the UK. The shoe has deeper flex grooves for better flow and Enerzy foam for a soft, smooth ride and a 15% higher energy return.

Damoy Robertson
Damoy Robertson is an entrepreneur and founder of The Vegan Review. Damoy is dedicated to spreading veganism to the masses which he believes will enable people to make better, more informed decisions concerning the way we all interact with animals and our planet.