The Hunt: Canvas Sneakers

Rounding-up the best eco / ethical kicks to take you from this season to the next.

American Apparel Tennis Shoes


  • 100% cotton upper and laces
  • Rubber sole
  • Made in USA
  • Available in twelve colors

Best Price: $37.00 (SHIPPED) at American Apparel

Industry of All Nations Kenya Vintage Sneakers


  • 100% African cotton upper and laces
  • 100% natural rubber sole
  • Responsibly made in Africa
  • Available in four colors

Best Price: $61.00 (SHIPPED) at Industry of All Nations

Autonomie Project Ethletic Sneakers


  • 100% GOTS certified organic cotton upper and laces
  • 100% FSC certified natural latex sole
  • GOTS certified dyes
  • Fairtrade made in Pakistan
  • Available in eight colors

Best Price: $63.51 (SHIPPED) at Autonomie Project

Veja Mediterranée Sneakers


Best Price: $79.95 (SHIPPED) at End Clothing

Twins for Peace Classic Sneakers


Best Price: $89.26 (SHIPPED) at C.H.C.M.

Maison Kitsuné Canvas Sneakers


  • 100% cotton upper and laces
  • 100% natural rubber sole
  • Designed in France, made in Japan
  • Available in one color

Best Price: $196.00 (FREE SHIPPING) at Boylston Trading Co.

This is an update of a feature from 2011. To check out the original post, click here.

Got something you want hunted down? Send an email to brad[at]well-spent[dot]com

  • Meaghan

    These are great – are you going to do a round-up of slip-ons again this year?

    • Brad

      Thanks Meaghan. I hadn’t planned on doing a slip-on hunt. But, I’d be up for it if the interest is there.

  • Tim

    I’m a fan of Shoes Like Pottery canvas sneakers..but they’re a bit hard to find in the states

    • Brad

      @ Tim SLP’s only domestic stockist is South Willard, and they’re pretty much sold out at the moment. Otherwise, I definitely would have included them.



  • Meaghan

    @brad – well, I’m interested at least! I wore holes through the soles of the slip-ons I had last summer…

  • Austin

    I like the first tennis shoe because of the lower sole. Thanks!

  • Stephanie

    Thanks for this! I’ve been searching for a great pair of white canvas sneakers for a few weeks now. I’ve beaten up my chucks, and figured I could try for something new this time around. The IOAN sneaks are calling my name.

  • Sara

    So timely for me, I came here from the “Male Pattern Baldness” blog and have been in need of a sneaker upgrade. Quick observation — you don’t list the ubiquitous Tom’s. Is it because they’re played out, because as slip-ons they’re not really “sneakers” in your opinion, or do they not meet the Well Spent standards of “honestly crafted”? Just wondering. Love the site.

  • Brian Ober

    I would like to see a write up on slipons. I am looking for some Tom’s alternatives made in the USA.