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Nonleather Hiking Boots

I’m surprised at how hard it is to find nonleather hiking boots. You’d think vegetarians and hiking enthusiasts are two groups that would have a lot of overlaps. But when I went into the North Face on Newbury Street, the salesguy actually laughed at me. (The Eastern Mountain Sports salesman was much nicer, but still couldn’t help.) I’m looking for a high-ankled trail boot that isn’t too gigantic and heavy for me to walk around in for a long time and isn’t made out of animal skin. It seems like there are currently only two brands on the market that fit my criteria and I can only find them online: the Sabino Trail Mid GTX by Montrail and the Outbound Mid by Merrell.


I’m not really a hiker, so this issue has never come up before. But Jason and I are planning on hiking Mount Katahdin in July, and I’m freaking out about it a little. I don’t want to break a leg because my shoes don’t have enough tread, or twist one of my weak ankles. And I want the stupid boots to get here in time for me to break them in a little bit before the 10-hour hike. Is that too much to ask?

Have you tried either one of the boots? Do you know of any other vegan hiking boots on the market? I’ve made my decision and I’m (im)patiently waiting for it to arrive, but maybe it’ll help the next person.


Comment from Brian
Time May 31, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Did you try Patagonia? Although the stores don’t always carry footwear they may be a good choice for environmentally conscious shopping.

Comment from Sharon
Time June 1, 2011 at 9:06 am

My sister SWEARS up and down by Merrells and claims that every shoe they make is the most comfortable shoe ever and that they can do no wrong forever and ever amen.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time June 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

That’s a serious endorsement! I’ve never tried them, but I want to. On their website they even give you the option of filtering by vegan-friendly, which most shoe manufacturers don’t even have on their radar.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time June 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

I did. They have vegan shoes and label them clearly (important!), but that doesn’t extend to boots.

Comment from Rodger
Time July 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I have the men’s version of these and they are super light, rugged and waterproof.

Comment from Brenda Pike
Time September 14, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Update: Hiking Boots News has a good post on vegan hiking boots. A lot of the styles they originally listed have been discontinued, but people have added to them in the comments. A great resource.

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