Fashion consumerism in today’s day and age has progressed beyond functionality and look. When shopping for sneakers, customers are looking for products to be sourced and produced ethically and from sustainable materials. The more recycling the better! Vegan sneakers have become all the rave over the past few years as materials have proven to be just as sturdy and fashionable as traditional animal materials. Here are six spots for you to purchase vegan sneakers in Toronto.
Launched in 2012, Gravitypope is a three-floor boutique with a massive vegan sneaker collection. Ranging from big-name brands like Adidas to Birkenstock, the selection of vegan sneakers is immense. Check out the Rogers Centre Court’s tennis-inspired sneaker, designed in collaboration with Roger Federer, or the 530 New Balances for a classic dad sneaker. 1010 Queen St. W.
This Montreal-based brand has stores all over the GTA. The brand’s vegan products go beyond just sneakers, with bags, wallets and other accessories receiving the same treatment. In the shoe department, Matt & Nat offers vegan alternatives to everything from your Sunday best to your most lounge-ready Sunday attire. Try the GIA sneaker for the perfect mix between those popular chunky dad running shoes and a classic basketball shoe. 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr.
Yorkville’s TNT is home to Veja, the France-based company that not only has a solid vegan line, but also strives to use more eco-friendly materials, from recycled plastic bottles to wild Amazonian rubber. Check out the Veja V-10, with an upper made of organic cotton that has been coated with cornstarch resin and ricinus oil. 55 Avenue Rd.
This company has been around forever in Toronto, but they’ve made recent moves toward sustainability, such as going climate neutral and developing an extensive vegan shoe line, including vegan leather. Try the Quicksole sneaker in green for a real fashion statement this summer. 3401 Dufferin St.
Canadian company Frank and Oak has a massive clothing collection — but you might not know they do shoes too! Their current collection is a collaboration with Thousand Fell, a New York-based recycled sneaker brand. With just five colourways, it will be easy to choose what to wear for the summer. 735 Queen St. W.