With some new eco-friendly running shoes released this year, we’ve pulled together some that still transcend the requirements for the gym to take you to Sunday morning walk and brunch too.
Reformation x New Balance
Reformation is known as the cool girl sustainable fashion brand. The brand is on record stating that they wished to explore a collection of shoes but hesitated due to the heavy environmental footprint of production, but this year, they finally launched launched their first shoe line which was soon followed with a collaboration with nostalgic sneaker brand New Balance.
The collaboration and resulting footwear is in keeping with much of the original New Balance vibe, while sustainably elevating them with new, eco-friendly materials like inserts made from BLOOM algae and EVA foam.
Adidas x Parley
Adidas teamed with environmental organisation Parley to create training wear and runners made from plastic ocean trash (collected from coastal communities and remote beaches) and utilizing it as the raw material in its sportswear collections. Further to this ongoing collaboration, Adidas have pledged that by 2024 they will only be using recycled polyester in all their products! We’ve featured this collaboration in greater detail here.
All Birds are the epitome of a runner that would make their way into your everyday wardrobe even when you’re not planning on a workout. Touting itself as the “world’s most comfortable shoe” its range features simple sleek styles that are made with natural materials like eucalyptus tree fibre, sugar can and merino wool, even down to its shoe laces which are made from sustainable fabric derived from recycled plastic bottles.
Tread by Everlane
Everlane had a vision to create the world’s lowest impact, carbon neutral sneaker when they launched Tread, their unisex trainer. Moving away from the traditional plastic sole of a sneaker, they have instead created a sole from natural and recycled rubber– 94.2% of it to be exact– along with leather from the world’s cleanest gold certified tannery. These kicks even have recycled plastic lining and laces. Plus their colour palette is on point; say hello to a statement bubble gum pink sneaker!