Photo credit: Wicked Hemp
Oops. Somehow we missed these and they've been around for a couple of years too. Hiking boots for women made with uppers of 75% to 85% hemp, natural rubber soles, with toe caps and heel stabilisers fashioned from recycled PVC. There are two styles, the lower cut, approach shoe style, of the Trail Master ($65 USD) and the higher Pathfinder boot ($75 USD). The hikers seem pretty well priced for footwear made from unusual materials, but Wicked Hemp mention on their website that they work under Fair Trade guide lines along with factories that are unionized in China.
No mention is made of what constitutes the 15% to 25% of material that isn't hemp. Though it seems those upper panels most likely to get scuffed are fashioned from what they call a vegan nubuk. This is probably a synthetic leather of polyurethane or polyester.
And oddly the hiking styles are only offered in a Womens fit, with guys having to settle for more a street shoe. [ Not entirely true, see update below. ]
UPDATED: Err, seems I boo booed. While Wicked Hemp don't show it on their website, Hempest do sell the high top hemp boot for men. Check 'em out here. (Thanks to Matthew for the heads up.) And Wicked Hemp do have a new low cut, approach shoe style, called the Alton. Oh, and apologies for having a bad link to Wicked Hemp. That's been fixed also.
Available from Wicked Hemp or Hempest
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