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Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Moving away from fast fashion towards ethical and sustainable fashion choices is not always easy! Shoes that look good and leave a less harmful impact on the environment are your best bet. Organic hemp shoes are eco-friendly, natural vegan, breathable, and leave a relatively smaller carbon footprint.

As more and more people are looking towards hemp shoes, designers are using sustainable fiber to produce more comfortable and elegant shoes. This article highlights three of the top hemp shoe products. Let us get started

Sanuk Hemp

Founded by Jeff Kelley in 1997, Sanuk’s wide range of footwear is one of the best hemp models

and includes options perfect for people of all ages. From canvas slip-on boots to hemp sandals, their hemp shoes products are both functional and everyday favorites.

The hemp products of Sanuk come with a premium molded EVA footbed. It is also coated with an antimicrobial additive that actively reduces the odor-causing bacteria. The outsole, on the other hand, is made of a U rubber sponge.

The upper part of the hemp shoe is a blend of 54% hemp, 43% recycled polyester, and 3% spandex, along with a customized poncho lining and frayed edges. Their sturdy build quality allows them to be washed in a cold cycle on the washing machine, but it is best to keep them away from the tumble drier.

Astral Hemp

Launched in 2002, Astral footwear is known for versatility, durability, and ease of use. Besides, it is a natural vegan shoe that can appreciably withstand the demands of water hiking or trailing alongside being an excellent option for everyday use.

Astral’s hemp shoes are a blend of the following:

  1. 77% hemp and 23% recycled polyester on the upper part.

  2. The insoles are treated with polygiene to get rid of odors.

  3. The midsole is about 7mm thick with EVA foam.

  4. G-rubber outsoles are non-marking, super flexible, and razor striped with 3mm lugs.

The forefoot area for these shoes is wide so that your toes can sit comfortably inside. Further, the shoes allow your feet to spread out evenly for better stability. The footbeds are basically level with medium arch support. A leveled-out heel-to-ball area sees that the foothold is better and greater control is achieved.

Even better, hemp does not rot in water and dries quickly and naturally. The laces, too, are resistant to water. It offers high friction on boat racks and docks. Another great option for hemp shoes.

8000 Kicks

8000 Kicks launched its product range in the first quarter of 2019 and is known for producing eco-friendly hemp sneakers which are completely waterproof. This brand makes use of specially processed hemp that allows these shoes to be waterproof. Waterproofing is achieved by adding a special coating layer during the manufacture of these shoes.

Moreover, waterproofing them also protects them from stains and liquids, thereby enabling easy maintenance. These shoes are naturally vegan and made using the following materials:

The insoles are made of cork and create a naturally cushioned surface that stays in place and does not deform. It has anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and temperature regulating properties that keep your feet healthy and clean.

To further add waterproofing, an additional layer of waterproof, insulating membrane is also used.

8000 Kicks has partnered with a Portuguese outsole manufacturer to produce recycled shoes from old shoes. These hemp shoes are durable, flexible, and, of course, are helpful to the environment. The recycled rubber outsoles are carved in such a way that the shoe gets the maximum grip.

Waterproof hemp is used to make the upper part of the shoes.

These hemp sneakers manufactured by 8000 Kicks are great for explorers who love to tour the outdoors. You need not worry if they get dirty or covered in mud as they are easy to clean and can be rinsed with water.

What to look for in a hemp shoe?


The sole of your hemp shoes must be made of synthetic or rubber. To obtain optimal balance and protection while walking over rough surfaces, soles like rubber and synthetic materials are very helpful. Moreover, you can also look for shoes that provide shock absorption and traction.

Right material

It is essential to check the amount and quality of hemp in the shoes. This is because it varies from brand to brand. In an ideal hemp shoe, the footwear needs to have enough hemp to qualify the categorization.

Comfort and durability

Irrespective of what brand and material blend your hemp shoe is made of; you need to look for sufficient toe space when you invest in them. Breathability and good cushioning on the upper level of the shoe are equally important.

Summing up

Looking back, it would suffice to say that hemp shoes go far beyond sustainability and fashion. The planet Earth is our only home, and it is our responsibility to take care of the place we live in and love. Once you accept this dynamic, it is not difficult to figure out why people are increasingly buying hemp shoes.

Hemp sneakers, for example, are a sophisticated representation of your fashion choices and add more class to your wardrobe. It is everybody’s responsibility to take care of their carbon footprint and minimize it as much as possible. In a way, hemp shoes provide people with an opportunity to do their part for the planet and also stay stylish at the same time! Whether it is hemp for home or hemp for fashion, it is a beautiful way of helping the earth recuperate.

Happy hemp shopping!

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