White trainers are a perennial must-have in every wardrobe; their unfaltering popularity is a true testament to their necessity all year round. A classic white trainer is truly an unbeatable wardrobe staple; but increasingly important is choosing a pair of kicks that tread light on the planet too. To help you make the best ethical choice, we’ve rounded up our favourite vegan white trainers from our sustainable shoe brands.
1. The 'Classy Classic' Vegan White Trainer from BeFlamboyant
These cool Vegan Leather UX-68 White Trainers from BeFlamboyant are a great classic to have in your wardrobe; simple yet on trend. We see them as ethical, sustainable versions of the Reebok Classic White Leather trainer; avoiding the harmful CO2 admissions and chemicals of traditional leather, whilst still echoing the popular style.
BeFlamboyant make unisex vegan trainers that are sustainable, comfortable and economical; focusing on these simple principles means they always deliver style with substance. They are made in the city of Felgueiras in Portugal by experienced artisans, working under fair labour conditions and following high manufacturing standards. Plus they plant a tree for every pair of shoes sold to help fight deforestation.
2. The 'Cool & Contemporary' Vegan White Trainer from Humans Are Vain
We love these sleek Tide V2 Sustainable Vegan White Trainers from contemporary eco-sustainable Swedish brand Humans are Vain. The funky speckled effect of the sole paired with the smooth matt finish makes these effortlessly cool and original.
Humans Are Vain are a contemporary eco-sustainable vegan brand from Sweden who put sustainable materials at the forefront of their design process. They fuse timeless contemporary design with innovative production methods and recycled materials, such as a polyester made from up-cycled ocean trash, recycled rubber and recycled cotton. All their packaging is recycled.
3. The 'Add Some Bounce' Vegan White Trainer from Humans Are Vain
To make a stylish statement, check out these Challenge V2 Vegan White Trainers, also from Humans Are Vain. These chunky soled beauties are a win for your wardrobe, with a pop of colour and speckled detailing to level up your white trainers. Made with a unique polyester composed of recycled materials such as ocean trash, recycled rubber and cotton, these are a win in aesthetic and ethics.
Humans Are Vain are pioneering new projects in Sweden to create new technologies and materials for the next generation of sustainable production methods. These include 'Recycle Projekt', their circular economy system to ensure their products never see a landfill, and enable your unwanted HAV items to be transformed into new products; as well as collaborating with environmental organisations, including an NGO on the west coast of Sweden, to help remove as much plastic waste as possible from the ocean and shoreline.
4. The 'Scandi Minimalist' Vegan White Trainer from Humans Are Vain
The Humans Are Vain Eden V2 Sustainable Vegan White Trainers are the perfect wear-everywhere white trainer, with a simple design drawing inspiration from Scandinavian minimalism. Just like the ever-popular Nike AirForce 1’s, these white trainers can be paired effectively with any outfit. Highly comfortable and long lasting, they are also made from material declared completely eco-friendly and free of agents harmful to health and the environment.
5. The 'Athleisure Style' Vegan White Trainer from Norm
From Belgian eco trainers brand Norm, these 1L11-01 Ecoantex Recycled PET trainers are the height of cool, totally on trend with the athleisure style we all love. Sporty and lightweight, these vegan white trainers are the choice for anyone with a strong shoe game. However, these are more than just stylish and sporty kicks; resulting from 3 years of research and development, they represent Norm’s holistic concept of creativity and new standars of eco-design, transparency and modernity. Thanks to the knitting technology, the single piece upper construction made from 6 plastic bottles enables the reduction of material waste by 65% and offers optimal comfort. NORM sneakers are consciously assembled in Portugal, and two trees are planted for each pair sold.
6. The 'Climate Positive' White Trainer from Elliott
Similar to Adidas’ Stan Smiths is the Classic Vegan White Trainer from Elliot. Founded in Copenhagen, vegan trainers brand elliott footwear takes a minimalist approach to both style and their impact on the planet.
Following extensive research and implementation, they launched the world's first climate positive sneaker collection in September 2018 and have since become a member of the UNFCCC climate change initiative. Inspired by Danish design, global art, elegant architecture and contemporary culture, they've found a way to combine ready-to-wear everyday footwear, climate action and a continued journey towards a sustainable profile.
7. The 'Chunky Chic' Vegan White Trainer from Collection & Co
We also love the Gia Aspro Up-Cycled Vegan White Trainer from Collection & Co. With a clean-cut, low top silhouette, 3 cm rubber sole and crafted from soft white up-cycled faux leather, these sneakers are on-trend, comfortable and better for the environment.
Collection & Co was created in 2016 by fashion industry professional Felisha Papa, with the aim of providing high-end sustainable footwear made without animal leathers or glue. Their fashion credentials show – their styles are always perfectly on trend – but manage to be classic too.
Protecting the environment is one of their key values, and they use a variety of up-cycled and eco-friendly materials, including Pinatex (from pineapple leaf fibres) and recycled plastics. Plus they try to reuse materials left over from previous collections, creating minimal waste. They combine this careful attention to sourcing with responsible manufacturing, and as a result, they only produce limited quantities of each style in a small factory in Greece, so once it’s gone, it may well be gone forever.
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