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24 Oct

7 Brands That Are Making More Sustainable Children’s Shoes

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Shopping for more ethical and sustainable children’s shoes can be tricky, given how fast kids grow. Thankfully, we have rated and curated this list of “Good” and “Great” brands creating more responsible kids’ shoes to help you out.

Little feet, big impact

Children’s feet grow fast. Like, really fast. Like half a size or more every two to three months, according to some research. So given how often your little ones might need a new pair of shoes, staying committed to your ethical fashion values at all times can be tricky.

We’ve created this guide so you’ll know exactly where to shop for quality, ethical kids’ shoes that will keep those little toes warm and comfy.

As always, we recommend looking into shopping second hand first if your child’s in need of a new pair of shoes or rediscovering what you, your friends, or family members already own. Hand-me-downs are cool, really: not only are they better for the planet, they’re also better for your wallet.

But in case you don’t have access to hand-me-downs, or you simply prefer to buy new, here are some of our favourite brands for more responsible children’s shoes.

Each of these brands is rated either “Good” or “Great” in the Good On You directory, meaning they are committed to the ethical and environmental issues you care about.

In this list, you’ll find some sneaker options from Veja (France), really cool unisex dinosaur sneakers from Offbeat Sweetie (Australia), as well as some second hand booties from Stella McCartney (UK).


Rated: Good
A pair of white Veja children sneakers.

V-10 CWL WHITE MATCHA – Ships internationally from France

Veja is a French brand designing ecological and fair trade footwear, and is also a sustainable fashion pioneer. The brand uses more eco-friendly materials, like GOTS certified cotton and vegetable-tanned leather. The brand also has a vegan range, in which you can find this classic pair of white kids’ sneakers. Veja pays its co-operative cotton growers and rubber tappers between 30% and 100% above the world market price. By not advertising, Veja is able to invest more money into strengthening its ethical practices. You can find Veja’s kids shoes in EU sizes 22-35.

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Shop Veja.

Shop Veja @ LVRSustainable.

Shop Veja @ Outerknown.

Shop Veja @ Threads 4 Thought.


Rated: Good
A pair of black sneakers for children by Ecoalf.

Yale Mid Boot Sneakers – Ships internationally from Spain

Thanks to recycled materials like rescued ocean plastic, Ecoalf creates more sustainable shoes with the same quality, design, and technical properties as the best non-recycled ones. This pair is also vegan, with a vintage design. Find the kids range in sizes 32-37.

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Shop Ecoalf @ Farfetch.

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Rated: Good
A pair of brown childrens sneaker boots by Wildling.

Carota – Ships internationally from Germany

Wildling is a German footwear brand that encourages novice and experienced walkers alike to rediscover pleasant, natural walking. These waterproof boot and sneaker hybrids are perfect for jumping in puddles. Find the shoes in EU sizes 23-35.

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Shop Wildling.

Offbeat Sweetie

Rated: Good
A pair of hight-top light blue sneakers by dinosaur print by Offbeat Sweetie.

Dinos and Rainbows High Top Sneakers – Ships internationally from Australia

Offbeat Sweetie is a little family-owned Australian brand. It makes fun and responsible shoes for unique people. Luckily, this super cool pair of dinosaur sneakers also exists in adult size. And every pair sold helps support monthly donations to Children’s Ground, a wonderful organisation that works to create a better future for Aboriginal children, their families, and their communities. Find the kids range in US sizes 4-10.

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Shop Offbeat Sweetie.


Rated: Good
A pair of beige and red childrens shoes by NOAH.

Ellia Velcro Shoes – Ships internationally from Germany

NOAH creates cruelty-free and 100% vegan shoes and accessories. This German brand’s high-quality and long-lasting shoes are hand-crafted in Italy, using a small proportion of preferred materials. We love how practical these organic children’s slippers with removable insole and natural rubber outsole are. Find NOAH’s kids shoes in EU sizes 24-32.

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Shop NOAH.

Shop NOAH @ Immaculate Vegan.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
Three images side by side of second hand children shoes by Stella McCartney.

Pre-Loved Stella McCartney Kids’ Shoes – Ships internationally

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some more eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ LVRSustainable.

Shop Stella McCartney Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

Shop Stella McCartney.

Check out our ultimate guide to ethical and sustainable children’s clothing, as well as our favourite responsible brands making toddler and baby clothes

Editor's note

Feature image via Veja, all other images via brands mentioned. Good On You publishes the world’s most comprehensive ratings of fashion brands’ impact on people, the planet, and animals. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands.

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