Vegan etnies shoes in 2023 (collection)

Updated 1 August 2023


MARANA MICHELIN "cement"

From the etnies website: 
"[...]
  • PROGRESSION and DURABILITY REDEFINED
  • STI Performance Level 1 insole
  • STI Evolution® Foam Midsole
  • Durable tire tread with deep flex grooves
  • Michelin performance rubber outsole
  • Fused on, injected rubber toe cap
  • Padded Tongue And Collar
  • Hidden Lace Loops
  • Vegan
  • Synthetic Suede/Textile
  • Designed By Ryan Sheckler
"





Updated 14 March 2023

There are some new and fully vegan etnies shoes. As always, only the following colourways of these shoes are vegan. Unless they are listed or otherwise mentioned here, they are probably not vegan. If you want a really durable skate shoe that will last maybe three months of skating every day, rather than one month (in other words: three - or four - times longer than other skate shoes, in my experience), then pick an etnies shoe with a Michelin sole (see below).

Find the vegan etnies models for 2023 listed below:


WINDROW WORFUL X SHEEP "blue white"

From the etnies website:
"
  • Force Shield reinforced upper
  • Foam Lite 2 molded EVA footbed
  • Hidden lace loops
  • Slim, streamline silhouette
  • 400NBS rubber outsole compound
  • Vegan
  • Synthetic Suede/Textile
"
These are baby blue for channeling your inner hippie version of Mike Carroll. I personally love to see canvas used in the parts where it can be used, in this case: tongue and "side panels". With the little sheep and flowers details, I'm not sure what etnies were thinking, but that's maybe just because I still live in the 90s. Like all the "Windrow"s the sole is a bit adidas-esque.



JOSL1N X TFTF "tan gum"

"TFTF" stands for "Trees for the Future", see the insoles.
From the etnies website:
"The JOSL1N was built to provide Chris with a shoe that is as unstoppable as he is. Designed and tested by the Wolverine himself, Chris Joslin has mastered the art of performance and function with his head to toe capsule collection. With beautifully designed footwear that is durable (3X more with Michelin to be exact!), a step in anything Joslin is a step in the right direction.
  • “From the inside out, this shoe LASTS and that’s what I love!” – Chris Joslin
  • Designed and tested by Chris Joslin
  • System Flo2 provides air to flow around the foot
  • New and improved suede overlay vamp that prevents blowout
  • Michelin Performance rubber outsole
  • Hidden toe cap, extends into the ollie area
  • Pro Foam 1 Insole
  • STI Evolution® Foam Midsole
  • Elastic tongue straps for superior fit
  • Padded tongue and collar lining locks foot in
  • Optional lace holes for lace protection
  • Vegan
  • Suede/Synthetic
I'm assuming that these shoes ARE really vegan, and the "suede" here is referring to synthetic microfibre suede. The shoes look like they have a cork insole.



MARANA MICHELIN X TFTF "olive black"

From the etnies website: 
"Tough just got tougher. Skateboarding's most durable shoe is now more durable than ever - 3x more durable to be exact! etnies partnered with the planet's top manufacturer of rubber, Michelin, to help us reinvent the Marana outsole. The upper includes a fused on, injected rubber toe cap for incredible longevity and hidden lace loops to protect your laces. For comfort and performance, the Marana includes a padded tongue and collar with a Pro Foam 1 insole. Thanks to Michelin, this all sits atop a cupsole formulated with durable Michelin rubber.

Originally designed and developed to meet and withstand the high-impact resistance demands of Ryan Sheckler's skating, the Marana was an instant classic that has been the choice for skateboarders around the world.

  • PROGRESSION and DURABILITY REDEFINED
  • Pro Foam 1 Insole
  • STI Evolution® Foam Midsole
  • Durable tire tread with deep flex grooves
  • Michelin performance rubber outsole
  • Fused on, injected rubber toe cap
  • Padded Tongue And Collar
  • Hidden Lace Loops
  • Vegan
  • Synthetic Suede/Textile
  • Designed By Ryan Sheckler
"
I've seen a lot of people skating the etnies "Marana" shoe lately. I also skate these at the moment (fourth pair maybe).
This is a "Trees for the Future" collab too. And: This is a sick colourway, as the kids would say.



JONES MTW "black green"

Obviously, these are not skate shoes. But they are well worth mentioning as they are winterized casual, sporty, not too formal, comfortable shoes for the skater-minded gentleman (and lady).

From the etnies website: 

"

  • Designed and tested by Jeremy Jones [who is a big mountain snowboarder]
  • Water resistant treated upper
  • Gusseted tongue
  • Elastic tongue straps for easy slip and fit
  • Foam Lite 2 insole
  • Thermal heat retention aluminum stroble board
  • Hotmelted beltline for durability and water protection
  • BLOOM Foam midsole is the world’s first plant-based foam formulated with algae biomass
  • 20% recycled rubber outsole compound
  • Recycled PU/Textile
  • Vegan

"




JONES MTW "black black gum"

From the etnies website: see text above (Jones MTW "black green")
Note: My brother Kenny tells me that these shoes are warm, comfortable (slightly stiffer than skate shoes - but hey, they are winter boots) and waterproof.



JONES MTW "BROWN BLACK"

From the etnies website: see text above (Jones MTW "black green")



SEMENUK PRO MTB "copper"

Now there's also a vegan colourway of a pro mountainbike shoe. These shoes came out at the very end of 2022 (just before Christmas). From the etnies website:
"Designed by Brandon Semenuk [who is a pro mountainbiker] himself, This shoe has an outsole tread pattern designed for multi-placement pedals with Force Shield reinforced upper. A hot-melted quarter panel with repel treated upper that blocks moisture. 3M Thinsulate lining and tongue gussets that shields moisture, dirt, and pebbles. Ankle Shield protects your inner ankle from the gears and bike frame. Lace pocket on top of tongue and Pro Foam 1 molded PU footbed.
  • Designed by Brandon Semenuk
  • Formula G, a rubber formulated specifically for the rigors of flat pedals
  • Outsole tread pattern designed for multi-placement for pedals
  • Force Shield reinforced upper
  • Hot-melted quarter panel
  • Repel treated upper blocks moisture
  • 3M Thinsulate™ lining
  • Tongue Gussets shields moisture, dirt and pebbles
  • Ankle Shield protects your inner ankle from the gears and bike frame
  • The Lace Pocket on top of the tongue
  • Reinforced board lasted Pedal Shank 1 in the midsole
  • Pro Foam 1 molded PU footbed
  • Syntehtic/Mesh/TPU
  • Vegan
"
Note that while this (Semenuk Pro MTB "copper") is a vegan shoe in that in does not contain animal products, it also includes material by the company "3M" (as do Dickies "O Dog" pants - last time I checked) which is a company that conducts invasive animal experiments in which animals are killed.



More vegan etnies shoes:

There are also a near endless number of "Jameson 2 Eco" shoes by etnies that have an all canvas upper and are fully vegan. They also have the "Fuerte" shoe with a canvas upper.

In addition, etnies have a large number of non-skate shoes that are almost always (?) vegan, including "Scout Slipper", the "Scout", the "Ranger LT",