Although the fashion industry still has a long way to go to reduce emissions and become more Earth-conscious, some of the world’s fashion powerhouses are steaming ahead to make big changes. In honour of Plastic-free July, we’re taking a look at some of the most sustainable shoes that don’t sacrifice on style. From Nike to New Balance, here are four sustainable sneakers that are putting the planet first.
Ganni x New Balance 2002R Cream
The latest collaboration between New Balance and Ganni brings good news to all sustainable sneaker fanatics. Unlike the original 2002R design, the Ganni x New Balance 2002R Cream is crafted using recycled materials: 50% on the upper and 5% on the rubber outsole. As ever, the Boston brand’s ‘N’ logo takes pride of place on the sidewall, while Ganni-printed panels update the base. Durable and versatile in equal measure, this Earth-conscious kick easily slots into casual outfits.
Yeezy Foam Runner Onyx
Conscious designs and eco-friendly practices are built into Yeezy’s DNA. After moving the brand’s production to a USA headquarters in a shift towards responsible manufacturing, Kanye West released the planet-friendly Yeezy Foam Runner in 2020. Powered by sustainable foam, this latest iteration — the Yeezy Foam Runner Onyx — puts form, function and thoughtful fabrics at the forefront of the design. Finished with carefully placed cut-outs throughout, this shoe embodies Ye’s vision without compromising on style.
Adidas Adilette 22 Slides St Desert Sand
From one planet to another, Mars’ jagged landscape acts as the inspiration for the adidas Adilette Slides St Desert Sand. In an ultra-lightweight design, the Adilette is composed of natural and renewable materials, with a bio-based EVA sole made from sugarcane. Comfortable details include the contoured footbed and soft rubber sole to ensure maximum support whether you’re hitting the street or the beach.
Nike Dunk Low Next Nature Cream Womens
First introduced as a basketball shoe in the ‘80s, the Nike Dunk has resurged over the past decade as the go-to kick of skaters, musicians and sneaker fans. Today, in a move towards a more conscious future, the Dunk is a key model in Nike’s ‘Move to Zero’ initiative: enter the Nike Dunk Low Next Nature Cream Womens. Constructed with at least 20% recycled materials, it’s refreshed with a covetable cream and white upper, making this sneaker as easy on the eyes as it is on the environment.