The Hunt: Canvas Sneakers

Rounding-up the best eco / ethical kicks for spring, summer and beyond.

American Apparel Unisex Tennis Shoes


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

Best Price: $37.00 (SHIPPED) at American Apparel

Industry of All Nations Kenyata Sneakers


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

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

Autonomie Project Ethletic Sneakers


Best Price: $68.05 (SHIPPED) at Autonomie Project

Veja Mediterranée Sneakers


Best Price: $96.00 (SHIPPED) at Three Leaves (additional sizes / colors can be ordered directly from Veja for $10 more)

Twins for Peace Alex Sneakers


Best Price: $128.00 (SHIPPED) at Twins for Peace

Shoes Like Pottery Low Top Canvas Sneakers


  • 100% cotton canvas upper and laces
  • Ka-ryu, or kiln-fired, vulcanized rubber sole
  • Sewn and assembled entirely by hand
  • Made in Japan
  • Available in two colors

Best Price: $155.00 (FREE SHIPPING) at Hickoree’s

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: $190.00 (SHIPPED) at Coggles (additional sizes can be ordered from Rooney for $39 more)

WTAPS Canvas Sneaker


  • 100% cotton canvas twill upper with contrast canvas lining
  • Waxed cotton laces
  • Vulcanized rubber sole and toe cap
  • Made in Japan
  • Available in four colors

Best Price: $206.95 (SHIPPED) at End Clothing

This is an update of a feature that originally appeared in July, 2012.

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  • CTP

    does anyone have actual fit experience of the kenyatas? the ioan website calls out that they run small… but how small? thanks.

  • Juan V.

    CTP I I have an orange pair of the kenyatas and I’m usually a
    91/2 on most shoes/sneakers. I purchased size 10 and they fit
    great and feel comfortable. Hope this helps out.

  • Bonson

    The American Apparels are the best deal I’ve gotten on shoes in a long time. Good quality stitching, comfortable footbed, and even when shipped are still cheaper than those stupid sweatshop-produced TOMS shoes. Better looking too.

  • Shane

    I bought a pair of the Shoes Like Pottery sneakers last week in black. Super comfortable and flexible, loving them so far. I’m hoping to pick up another pair in natural if I can still find them in my size in a few months.

  • CTP

    Nice Juan, thanks.

    Also: I have a pair of shoes like pottery and they run half a size big, IMO.

  • Jessica

    Nice list, thanks! If you are into these types of shoes check out Diff Shoes. I recently got some awesome shoes off their website