If you prefer to live a vegan-friendly lifestyle, from the way you eat to how you dress, FN is here to help you find the perfect running shoe to fit the bill. A variety of brands offer cruelty-free options, so to narrow down your search, we curated a list featuring some of our favorite styles constructed without using animal hides such as leather or suede. Our selection includes runners from well-respected brands like Asics, Brooks and Merrell that are suitable for the pavement, the gym or the trail. So, no matter what surface you’re on, you’ll feel comfortable and supported with every stride.
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1. Brooks Beast '18 Running Shoe
These Brooks sneakers have a soft, engineered air mesh upper with a spacious toebox and a Super DNA midsole that delivers adaptable cushioning.
Pros: An external heel counter offers reinforced stability. Extended Progressive Diagonal Rollbar technology stabilizes and helps to prevent over-pronation. These come in three colorways to choose from and regular, wide and extra-wide widths.
Cons: Some wearers may find these run a bit small.
2. Merrell Vapor Glove 3 Trail Runner
These Merrell trail runners have a breathable mesh upper containing TPU, which enhances elasticity and is resistant to oil, grease and abrasion.
Pros: Thin padding in the midsoles protect the bottom of feet from stones and other trail debris. Breathable mesh linings allow for optimal airflow. Vibram rubber lug outsoles supply top-notch grip. They’re available in six colorways.
Cons: There’s no heel tab to help pull them on.
3. Asics Gel-Kayano 24 Running Shoe
This Asics style has a FluidFit mesh upper with stretch reinforcements that adapt to your feet.
Pros: Guidance Trusstic System technology enhances your natural gait. An exoskeletal heel counter adds support and improves fit. An Ortholite sockliner helps to manage moisture and lets the foot breathe. A high-density FlyteFoam midsole provides responsive, stable cushioning. These are offered in over 10 colorways.
Cons: They may feel slightly heavier than other shoes.