If you support sustainable brands, then you should look into our list of eco-friendly sneakers. One small step for Mother Nature.
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The sneaker industry has changed over the years. Many brands that have faced backlash before on poor environmental practices are now stepping up and heading to a more eco-friendly direction. Not only are the brands changing, but the consumers as well. It’s been reported by First Sight that 73% of Gen Z consumers would pay more for sustainable products. Moreover, the blow-by-blow of natural disasters affecting us for the past few months is evidence enough that we need to lessen our carbon footprint. You can start out by trying the new sustainable alternatives of your favorite brands.
adidas x Parley
Parley for the Oceans is an organization that addresses environmental threats such as plastic pollution. The organization partnered up with adidas 5 years ago and were able to make futuristic sneakers in shades of aquamarine. The line includes recycled versions of the Ultraboost, Terrex Two, ALPHAEDGE 4D, and more.
Converse’s take on an innovative and sustainable line of sneakers is Converse Renew. Old denim scraps, post industrial waste, and recycled polyester are just a few materials Converse incorporates in the line. You’ll see a range of sustainable renditions of their iconic sneakers from the Chuck All Star 70s to Jack Purcells.
The Swoosh brand has made multiple sustainable sneakers in the past. Their NASA-inspired line called, Space Hippie, was an absolute hit in the sneaker industry. Aside from this, the brand has also created the Nike Flyleather Earth Day Pack with artist Steven Harrington, which features cream, red, and blue colorways.
Gucci Off The Grid
The newly launched Gucci Off The Grid brings a different perspective unto the meaning of sustainability. Usually, when we think of sustainable products we often associate them to cutesy and sunny aesthetics. You can expect the exact opposite with Gucci Off The Grid. The line’s sneakers feature dark tones with touches of tangerine and yellow.
Despite being ahead in the game of sustainability, Balenciaga has yet to create a sustainable line of sneakers. Instead, the brand has a holistic approach in lessening their environmental foot print. Balenciaga would make use of vegan leathers, recycled waste, and the likes on their sought after sneakers, such as the: Zen Sneaker, Track Trainers, and Knit Sock Speed Trainer.