Brandy red leather men's dress shoes by Nisolo.
19 Dec
Brandy red leather men's dress shoes by Nisolo.

9 More Sustainable Men’s Dress Shoes for Formal Occasions

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Searching for more ethical and sustainable menswear dress shoes for an upcoming event or a polished day-to-day look? We’ve tracked down the best responsible footwear brands making Derby shoes, Oxfords, boots, and sneaker styles to suit your tastes.

Match your dress shoes to your morals

As much as athleisure has taken centre stage in recent years, there are some times in life when sneakers won’t cut it.

Whether you need a new pair of shoes for the office, you have a formal event coming up, or you just prefer a polished day-to-day look for your footwear, our editors have scoured the “Good” and “Great” rated brands for more sustainable dress shoes.

What sets these brands apart is their commitment to taking action to reduce their impacts. Unlike the shoes you might buy from a chain shop or a fast fashion brand, these shoes are made from higher-quality and lower-impact materials. You’re likely to get a lot more life out of these. And you’ll be supporting brands that are more transparent and accountable for their impacts to workers and animals across the supply chain.

From cork bluchers to classic leather Oxfords, you’re bound to find your perfect match. And don’t forget: second hand stores and apps or clothing swaps are a great place to start your search. If you’re looking to buy new, we’ve rounded up links to where you can shop better rated brands.

A note on degendering fashion

While this article may be addressing keywords on men’s dress shoes, here’s the simple truth: clothes don’t have any gender. It sometimes seems silly how the industry ascribes gender to inanimate garments like t-shirts and socks (and in this case, shoes). We believe people of all genders should be able to express themselves however they want, regardless of the binary marketing. So when you use our directory to search for brands, we automatically deliver search results without any consideration to gender. If you still want to find products labelled as menswear or womenswear, you can use our filters.

Our favourite responsibly-made men’s dress shoes

NAE

Rated: Good
Brown cork men's dress shoes by NAE.

Cork Bluchers – Ships internationally from Portugal

For a lower-impact twist on a classic blucher-style men’s dress shoe, go for these dark brown vegan cork bluchers by NAE.

NAE is a Portuguese footwear, bags, and accessories brand using innovative materials to create goods with “No Animal Exploitation”. Its sustainable materials include recycled PET from bottles, OEKO-TEX® certified microfibres, recycled car tyres, natural cork, recycled thermoplastic, and even pineapple leaf fibre. Find the shoes in EU sizes 40-47.

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Will’s Vegan Store

Rated: Good
Black and brown vegan men's dress shoes by Will's Vegan Store.

Men’s Vegan Leather Chukka Boots – Ships internationally from the UK

These vegan leather chukka boots are great across casual and formal ‘fits, and are available in versatile black or brown.

Will’s Vegan Store produces animal and human friendly women’s and men’s footwear, clothing, and accessories at affordable prices. Find the shoes in UK sizes 6.5-12.

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NOAH

Rated: Good
Black brogued men's dress shoes by NOAH.

Achille Vegan Nappa Leather Brogued Derby – Ships internationally from Germany

If you love a brogued Derby look for your formal men’s shoes, NOAH’s vegan microfibre nappa leather ones are good for a high-instep and wide foot.

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 eco-friendly material. Find the shoes in EU sizes 39-47.

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Shop NOAH @ Immaculate Vegan.

Good Guys

Rated: Good
Grey and red vegan men's dress shoes by Good Guys.

Aponi 2.0 Vegan Suede Derby Shoe – Ships internationally from France

If you love a pop of colour and want to branch out with your dress shoes, these unique vegan suede Derby shoes in grey with a red rubber sole should do the trick.

Good Guys creates cruelty-free shoes for women and men, founded and designed by Marion Hanania in Paris. Through Good Guys, Hanania aims to create the perfect cruelty-free, made in Europe closet, where no animal product is involved, and the production guarantees fair trade working conditions. Find the shoes in EU sizes 36-46.

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Nisolo

Rated: Good
Brandy red leather men's dress shoes by Nisolo.

Men’s Everyday Oxford – Ships to the US, Canada, and the UK from the US

Level up your everyday Oxford game with this brandy shade in leather, or opt for the more classic brown or black shades for a touch more versatility.

Nisolo is an American brand that prioritises living wages throughout its supply chains while also working to combat climate change. Find the shoes in EU sizes 35-42.

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COG

Rated: Good
Low black formal boots for men by COG.

Alan Boot – Ships internationally from France

Whether paired with jeans, chinos, or dress pants, the vegan Alan Boot by COG provides a sleek, classic look for your outfit.

Based in France, COG is a footwear label that creates more sustainable, vegan shoes from 100% recycled materials, including natural corks, used cotton scraps, end-of-life rubber, and plastic bottles fished out of the sea. Find the shoes in EU sizes 39-46.

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Gucci (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
Two pairs of black Gucci second hand men's shoes from Vestiaire Collective.

Pre-Loved Men’s Gucci Shoes – Ships internationally

If you love luxury but prefer to avoid buying new, pre-loved authenticated Gucci men’s dress shoes from Vestiaire Collective might suit your needs.

Founded in 1921, Gucci is an Italian luxury fashion house that produces menswear, womenswear, as well as shoes, bags, and other accessories. The brand has good policies to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, but still uses exotic animal skin. The good news is that you can find many of Gucci’s modern luxury pieces second hand. Sizes vary.

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Men’s dress sneakers by better brands

It may sound like a contradiction, but following the casual clothes movement in the last few years, “formal sneakers” or “dress sneakers” have become increasingly popular. Here are our top picks.

CARIUMA

Rated: Good
Camel suede and white formal sneakers for men by Cariuma.

Camel Suede – Ships internationally from Brazil

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A camel suede and white sneaker is a great relaxed option for men’s dress sneakers that still pairs well with a formal outfit, and CARIUMA nailed the look.

CARIUMA is a sustainable Brazilian sneaker brand that wants you to feel super comfortable while providing effortless style in organic canvas, leather, and suede styles. Find the shoes in US sizes 5-13.

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Womsh

Rated: Good
All-white men's dress sneakers by Womsh.

Camel Suede – Ships internationally from Brazil

Full white sneakers are a timeless classic in casual clothing, but you can find elevated versions in the era of formal sneakers, and these unisex vegan ones by Womsh are a great example.

Fashion and sustainability can go together and Womsh is the brand that proves it. Its shoes are entirely designed and manufactured in Italy, and its clothing range is made from eco-friendly fabrics like organic cotton. Find the shoes in EU sizes 37-46.

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Editor's note

Feature image via Nisolo, 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. We love to recommend some of the best responsibly brands, rated “Good” or “Great”. We also encourage shopping pre-owned as another great way to reduce the impact of our fashion choices. Use our directory to search thousands of rated brands.

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