I first came across about tropicfeel shoes when I googled, “vegan sneakers”. My boyfriend and I had been travelling the world for around 4 years, and I wanted a pair of versatile, durable shoes that would bear up well in many different terrains.
I got more excited when I found that not only were tropicfeel vegan, but they were also eco friendly, made out of 5 recycled plastic bottles! Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to be offered a pair of their shoes to review. While I did receive these vegan shoes free of charge, all opinions are 100% my own, honest thoughts.
Tip: Pin this article to your sustainable living board on Pinterest so you can always come back when you need to!
This post contains affiliate links. I earn commissions if you shop through the links on this page at no extra cost to you. See my full affiliate disclosure here for more info.
Tropicfeel’s Sustainable Shoes
Funded through a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign, Tropicfeel Shoes is the brainchild of two entrepreneurs in Barcelona. As intrepid travellers themselves, they wanted to create high quality, versatile travel shoes that were also vegan and sustainable, made from recycled materials.
Following the success of their initial crowdfunding, they’ve grown to become one of the most popular travel footwear brands, and now have three different sneakers to choose from. Plus flip flips and backpacks! I picked the Monsoon shoes as I preferred their slim design to the Tropicfeel Canyon shoe, which looked a little bulkier to me; and the sporty look compared to the more street casual design of the new Cala shoe.
Before I get in to the pros and cons of the Monsoon, I just want to mention that my partner has also made a review of his pair of tropicfeel shoes. Funnily enough, he also chose the monsoon shoes in the same color way as me! Black with blue laces. I think it speaks to the shoe’s good design that they appeal to both men and women.
I have to begin the list of pros by highlighting their 4 in 1 versatility. They’re suitable as:
- Aqua shoes
- Running shoes
- Hiking shoes
- Street shoes
This versatility is exactly what you need when you’re packing for travel in the big wide world. Most functional shoes are bulky and heavy, so slimming down your packing list with just one shoe that can fulfill different needs is a definite pro.
Secondly, I have come to really like their slip on functionality. Initially I was in two minds about the sprint laces, mainly because I wasn’t sure I liked the look of them. However, the ease of getting in and out of them quickly and easily is now something I really appreciate. I know tying my shoes doesn’t take up a lot of time, but when you’re on the move it does feel like a pretty big bonus.
Speaking of functionality, while they are not waterproof, they are quick drying and made with a removable footbed, which is designed to assist with drainage. They do live up to the quick drying claims, and dry in the sunshine within a couple of minutes. Plus, the fact that they are breathable and odorless means you can wear them as aqua shoes, with or without socks.
Another pro is the massive win I’ve found in them being a great pair of eco friendly running shoes. In general, finding eco friendly shoes is becoming easier, I’ve found some great sustainable street shoes and winter boots, but eco friendly running shoes are less common, so Tropicfeel fills this gap in the market well.
Unfortunately for me, I can’t say I found the shoes particularly comfortable, but I believe this may be through my own error. Let me explain.
My feet are sometimes between sizes, either an EU 36 or 37. I decided to size up and ordered a 37 because I didn’t want them to be too tight. In hindsight, I should have gone more true to size and got a 36. On my first wear I wore them with some very thin liner socks, and found the elastic counter heel, which is built in to hold your foot in place, rubbed against my heel to the point where I got a blister. Subsequently, I’ve always worn proper running socks with them and have not had any issues with them since. It just means I need to wear thicker socks, and wouldn’t wear them without socks, as aqua shoes.
So, take my advice and order true to size. I don’t know anyone else who has found them uncomfortable, so it probably is my own sizing issue.
Are they the ‘Ultimate Travel Shoe’?
Tropicfeel shoes do make for a great option for travel shoes because of how lightweight, versatile and durable they are. I think they’re also a strong contender for the ultimate travel shoe since they are both sturdy and lightweight, a combination that can be hard to come by. They weigh just 200 grams (7oz)!
Overall, I’m really impressed by tropicfeel shoes’ versatility and commitment to sustainability. I really love that they are made with earth friendly materials, are animal free and help to reduce ocean plastic. They are one of the best vegan sneaker brands, and I do think they make for a great travel shoe. I’m just sad that I ordered a size too big!
My Most Popular Freebie! Revamp: Eight Empowering Resources
My FREE eBook Revamp is a collection of eight resources that brought me peace and restoration during a really difficult time. Each one has impacted my life in such a way that I have become a demonstrably stronger, kinder and happier person because of them. All of these resources are either free or inexpensive. They will empower you and help you to improve the way you think, which directly impacts how you feel about yourself and your life at large.