Updated: February 2021
Shoecow-verified status: Vegan-friendly, but only select models (see below)
Are Vans Vegan?
Much like Converse, Vans’ counter-culture status is firmly cemented in 20th century history and their styles are therefore commonly loved by vegans. The good news is that many of Vans’ classic and contemporary shoes styles are vegan.
The Vans site FAQ features the following question and answer:
“Are there any animal by-products used in your vegan range?
The materials used in the manufacturing of these styles (including adhesives) are free of any animal by-products and therefore are 100% vegan.”
So as long you steer clear of leather, suede, nubuck or other animal skin uppers, you can be assured that Vans’ shoes do not contain animal by-products elsewhere, like in the glue for example.
Vans are conscious of the demand for vegan shoes and cater well to the audience with the very helpful addition of a vegan-friendly shopping filter on their website, which we’ve linked you directly to below.
Thankfully, many of Vans’ most classic and iconic styles like the Slip On, Authentic and Era are largely vegan due to traditionally being canvas shoes.
Special attention should be paid to the Vans Old Skool. This is an incredibly popular style in 2018, but not all Old Skools are vegan, with the classic black and white Old Skool featuring both a suede toe and heel and leather side stripe. Whilst the popular black and white Old Skool is currently not available as a vegan shoe, there are vegan Vans Old Skool alternatives in canvas and synthetic leather, with synthetic side stripes, so be sure to buy those only.