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Posted on July 15, 2011
Are they made out of vegetables? Um, no. Are they made out of leather?
Then what on Earth are vegan hiking boots?
Much like regular hiking boots, this type of outdoor gear is for more challenging terrain. Unlike the average hiking boot, vegan hiking boots are made out of all synthetic materials. That means no leather all the time. It’s footwear perfect for people who choose to not to eat or wear animal products of any kind.
Some synthetic materials seen in vegan hiking boots include Birko felt, cotton-backed Polyurethane, Microfibre, nylon and suedette.
And the brand always urging folks to “Get Outside,” Merrell has several non-leather offerings. It’s Siren Song Mid Sport Gore-Tex ($120 MSRP) has a synthetic leather and mesh upper along with a hook and loop closure system.
UPDATE: This Merrell hiker is not vegan. According to Merrell: “The Siren Sport Gore-Tex’s synthetic leather is a Polyurethane coated leather which helps with durability when used around water. The base material is still a leather material.”
Hi-Tec also offers non-leather options to hiking footwear. The Cascadia ($189.95) is composed of a waterproof ballistic nylon upper. Let’s not forget the Vibram backpacking outsole.
Hi-Tec’s V-Lite Altitude Max WPI ($129.99) is constructed from a waterproof micro-fiber called Enduro. Even though it may look similar to leather, the man-made material is actually stronger.
Trail running shoe manufacturer Montrail produces a vegan-friendly hiking alternative with the Sabino Trail Mid GTX ($140 MSRP).
Wicked Hemp is solely dedicated to producing shoes made from all natural materials. Its Hemp Hiker the Alton ($78) is a low profile hiking boot.
Would you wear a pair of all-synthetic hiking boots? Did we leave out your favorite pair? Let us know!