Best Ethical Trainers and Sneakers

By Jil Carrara

Sneakers have been named the defining luxury object of our time - here are some of our favourites that are both stylish and ethical.


When Dame Emma Thompson arrived at Buckingham Palace to receive her MBE earlier this month, she teamed her Stella McCartney suit with a pair of vegan Stella McCartney Stan Smith trainers, making headlines around the world with her unconventional footwear choice.

But now sneakers have been labelled as ‘the defining luxury of our time’ by Quartz, it seems this previously athletic shoe option has been elevated to the luxury footwear of choice. However, with some many different components and performance requirements, when investing in new trainers it can be difficult to find a pair that won’t compromise your values. 

If you’re looking to get some new kicks, here are some of our favourite ethical sneakers:

For more footwear inspiration, see our pick of sustainable shoe brands you need to know.

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Best Ethical Trainers and Sneakers