6 Ethical + Sustainable White Sneakers So You Can Ditch The Nikes

Kate Hall

There are some things in life we can’t live without. Food, water, Netflix, coffee, and now it seems to be white sneakers.

It appears every second person is wearing a pair- did I miss the global memo?

And while I can totally appreciate a nice pair of white Nikes, I don’t appreciate how they’re made. There are so many more alternatives out there that do better for you, the makers, and the planet.

A staple pair of white sneakers is an important part of many wardrobes so here are some fantastic ethical white sneaker alternatives, that will make you wonder why you walked into Nike in the first place.

ethical white sneakers
ethical white sneakers

Allbirds – Tree and Wool Runners 

A certified B Corp, who do business differently. The New Zealand brand is winning the sustainable shoe game.

These babies are made from FSC certified tree fiber Tencel using a clean closed-loop process, and recycled plastic bottles for the laces. Plus they tick all the essential boxes.

Cute, comfy and ethically made. They partner with to our friends at Soles4Souls®, lightly used Allbirds find new life all around the world, helping communities in need thrive in the process.

Their packaging is also made using 90% post-consumer recycled cardboard that serves as a shoebox, shopping bag, and mailer all in one.

Image via Veja

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Filippa K has been around since the early 90’s and has become known for their luxe, functional and feminine style.

Their products go through thorough sustainable life-cycle assessments, where every phase of the garments’ life cycle, from raw material to afterlife is created and adjusted with minimal environmental impact in mind.

The Kate Low is a classic sneaker style has a clean and contemporary design with a thick white sole and waxed cotton laces. I’m seeing these as perfect for pairing with a cotton print dress or your favourite roll hem jeans.

ethical white sneakers

Veja – So many styles

Veja is quite literally the queen of ethically made white sneakers.

The sneakers were named after a Brazilian NGO that works with Veja by providing technical support to the organic cotton farming families. The Esplar staple leather shoe is made with organic cotton lining and wild rubber soles.

All Veja shoes are made in Brazil, where the working conditions exceed the minimum standards, and the workers are paid well above the minimum wage.

Veja is big on transparency, and release audits, reports, and insightful behind-the-scenes videos into how all their products are made.

ethical white sneakers

Adidas By Stella McCartney – Ultraboost

The Parley x Adidas collaboration has been about redesigning their existing high-performance range of footwear and creating a collection.

The UltraBoost range designed by Stella McCartney is all about turning the plastic pollution problem into a stylish solution.

If you’re looking for a performance shoe that can translate into a fashion staple then look no further.

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Eileen Fisher – Prop Vegan Sneaker

Eileen Fisher has long been a leader in the ethical and sustainable fashion world.

From traceable supply chains and local manufacturing to using natural dyes and a repair and recycling program, they are what every fashion brand should aspire to.

The Clifton 4 is a sustainable knit sneaker with a sporty, speckled sole made from recycled polyester re-purposed from plastic bottles with a recycled rubber outsole.

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Ahimsa – 772 Vegan Sneakers

Swaying slightly from your standard white Nike with the addition of a brown sole, the Ahimsa woman’s sneaker is still an ideal option.

The exterior is made with cruelty-free, vegan leather. The interior is a mix of cotton canvas and natural cork which team up to ensure your feet stay dry and fresh.

These sneakers are handmade in Brazil by a small, hard working team. Ahimsa’s mission is to question habits, inspire conscious behaviour, and respect all forms of life.

Kate Hall

I live and breathe sustainable living and ethical fashion. This alternative way of consuming and existing dominates my every waking moment- and sometimes more. Ethical fashion and living are no longer my hobbies, it has become my mission... to change the future of fast fashion and the way we consume. My husband and I strive to live a zero-waste lifestyle, live at thrift stores, and always look to 'up-cycle' rather than throw out. Eco-living is not a choice for me, it's in my blood, and I am trying with all my power for it to be the new 'norm'.