Looking for ethical and eco-friendly and sustainable children’s shoes and brands, but not sure where to start?
We have you covered.
Below I have hand-picked a list of the best sustainable kids’ shoes and shoe companies around.
I have chosen, what I think is a stylish choice from their selection, but be sure to check out all their options!
Best Sustainable kids shoes and shoe brands
1. BLAKE SLIP ON – Inkkas
Inkkas range of kids’ shoes are really funky and if you are looking for bright, eccentric kids’ shoes definitely check out their range.
These particular shoes were designed by Designer/Artist Kelsey Archila and have a kaleidoscope of color and vibrance.
How are these sustainable? Although these sneakers may not be made from the most eco-friendly materials, they do participate in a ‘One Shoe, One Tree’ program and boast an impressive number of trees planted.
They have a good collection of kids’ shoes with a very diverse range of styles and colors.
2. STARLING – Wildlings shoes
These funky kids’ shoes will have your children not only looking good but keeping warm.
These shoes are made from organic wool with a microfiber edging and 80% synthetic rubber with 50% recycled content, 20% cork sole.
Each shoe is individually handmade so you can be sure of the quality and also receive a unique product.
Wildlings have a range of beautiful looking shoes for kids as well as their parents and well worth a look.
This particular shoe may not be to every children’s taste but I love it. They are bright, vibrant and have a funky design.
These shoes are made from recycled plastic water bottles and the cool thing about them is they are easily washed by removing the insole and popping in the washing machine.
Not you, or your kid’s favorite design? No worries. Rothys have a good selection of shoes for your little ones with a variety of different designs.
4. Idre WP Black – Kavat
These shoes make my feet feel warm just looking at them and your little ones tootsies will undoubtedly feel that way.
The upper of these shoes are made from a combination of textile and leather. An inside biodegradable membrane and sealed seams make it 100% waterproof. These kids’ shoes are perfect for those winter months.
As far as sustainable shoe brands Kavat takes their sustainability very seriously and they were the first brand to be certified with the EU Ecolabel.
As far as their selection goes they have a very large range of products for children ranging from boots, to sneakers to slip ons.
5. Smallbirds Wool Runners – Allbirds
The Allbirds brand are super popular and have a good selection of products made from mostly natural materials.
They even have small kids range for those who want their kids to rock that classy Allbirds style.
With these kicks, your children get the Allbirds quality with all the style and quality materials you expect from this brand.
They currently don’t have many options to choose from for your kids, but if you have by chance have never heard of them yet, parents should definitely check out their adult’s range.
6. V-12 VELCRO CHROMEFREE – Veja
Veja kids shoes ooze style and class as can be seen here with these “steel” kids shoes.
Made from a mix of natural materials along with fair trade materials and working conditions, these quality shoes are perfect for your child or toddler.
Veja also has a good range of vegan shoes too.
For boys and girls alike, Veja has a good selection of products to choose from.
7. PRIMUS SPORT KIDS – Vivobarefoot
Vivobarefoot is another one of these shoe companies doing their best to provide a quality product with as little impact on the environment as possible.
And with this kid’s shoe they manage to create that, but with style. This particular product is super lightweight and flexible giving little restriction on your child’s natural movement.
Vivobarefoot always strives to make their products natural, recycled, durable, and locally sourced when possible.
They have a bunch of kid’s shoes options including vegan shoes.
8. KIDS LO CUT CLASSIC – Ethletic
These quality shoes are perfect for the parents looking for traditional skater-type kicks for their kids.
From production to delivery this company does all they can to protect the environment and their workers. They are fair trade certified and source fair trade and vegan materials, always source more sustainable materials in the production process when they can and their workers have good working conditions.
Unlike many other brands, you can even see who has made the shoes! It’s nice to have a face behind the product.
9. Jefferson 2.0 Liteknit – Native
Parents will be able to see their kids from miles away in these bright and effervescent kids’ shoes.
Fashion meets sustainability in these updated and more sustainable 2.0 version of these kid’s shoes.
Like some of the above brands mentioned, this company sources its materials when it can from the environment, using pineapple leaf fiber, linen, kenaf, lactae hevea, and naturally sourced cotton. Their standards are high, and the use of chemicals are low making them better for the planet.
This collection of shoes comes in a number of different colors.
10. Groms ESSNTLS Flip Flops – Indosole
Looking for some flip-flops that are environmentally friendly and good for the planet? Check out these recycled tire sole slip-flops. Durability is long with these because of the material, but importantly you are making use of tires that otherwise would never decompose.
Youngsters often want to replicate what their parents wear, and Indosole have flip-flips for the whole family.
11. Rush Sports shoe with Boa® – Superfit
These smart-casual kids shoes are great for people looking for shoes that will work with any clothing style.
Made from renewable raw materials (vegetable tanned leather) these little baby shoes are part of a large collection of sneakers made by Superfit.
This companies product catalog ranges from babies right up to teens.
12. Youth Grey Cordones Sneaker – Toms
I wouldn’t mind getting a pair of these sneakers myself. These cool casual kids sneakers are perfect for the home or out in about in everyday situations.
They are made from chambray and are 100% vegan. Toms are b-corp certified and are a company who are continuously working on their sustainability.
They have shoes for the whole family, from baby shoes to teens to adults.
13. VAGABOND BOYS – Sanuk
Do your kids live at the beach? These are the shoes for them.
These canvas-based shoes are perfect for your kids to slip on and off with comfort and they also have materials to help reduce odor.
Sanuk are always striving to incorporate more responsibly certified and sustainable materials in their products.
They have shoes for the whole family ranging from toddlers, kids, teens to adults.
14. SPORTY CHELSEA MOSS – Petit Nord
Why not go for that classy Scandinavian style. These kids shoes from Petit Nord bring that style mixed with comfort and warmth.
Hand-made from 100% ecological, 100% vegetable tanned, 100% biodegradable and 100% chrome-free leathers and suedes.
Petit Nord strives to use the above materials in all their shoes and vegetable tan their shoes which takes longer than the traditional method of using chrome tanning (which releases harmful waste chemicals back into the environment.)
Petit Nord have a large collection of footwear ranging from socks to sneakers to ballerinas.
15. Fenton Mesh Multi – Emu Australia
These funky ankle-high kids sneakers will have your kids feet feeling comfortable and looking good.
Made from merino wool the shoes are lightweight, easy to get on and off, but best of all they are machine washable.
Emu Australia have a large array of merino wool shoes suitable for the whole family and certainly tick the box for those people with sustainable values.
17. Sneakers Hitops – Etiko
How about some Chuck Taylor looking shoes? This trendy style shoe has been popular for generations and continues to be so.
These high-top kids sneakers from Etiko use sustainable latex certified by the FSC and organic cotton which is certified both organic (GOTS) and fairtrade (FLO). This company provides all vegan shoes.
Etiko, whose motto is “wear no evil” have a range of products in their shop, from shoes to apparel, to accessories.
I hope you like the list.
Is your favorite brand not on the list, or do you know of other sustainable kids’ shoe brands? Let us know in the comments!