7 Eco-friendly Sneakers You Can Actually Get Active In

Sometimes, the trade-off to buying something that's more eco-friendly may mean that we lose some of the performance qualities from the conventional item. Some eco-friendly sneakers, for example, are incredible in their use of healthier fiber choices. But because of this particular focus being prioritized over other things like comfort and performance, it ends up begin difficult to find trainers that are both consciously made and well-supported enough for us to walk all day or exercise in.

Good thing eco-minded brands are improving the performance properties and comfort of their products, and conventional brands are also taking steps towards greening their supply chain. So our options are only increasing by the day!

And yes, we are way more than a month into the new year. But it's never too late to get started on your new exercise goals, even if that's just to walk and bike more over driving this year.

So browse through the following 7 eco-conscious sneakers you can actually get active in, treat yourself to something you fancy in advance, and get active!


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Adidas x Parley x Stella McCartney Ultraboost

Highlights: Incorporation of recycled fibers from ocean plastic waste; well cushioned soles from Adidas' expertise in athletic footwear
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Training, running, hiking, gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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Eco-friendly running shoes

Adidas x Parley Ultraboost

Highlights: Incorporation of recycled fibers from ocean plastic waste; well cushioned soles from Adidas' expertise in athletic footwear
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Training, running, hiking, gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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The People's Movement

Highlights: Uses up-cycled fibers, organic cotton fibers, water-based glues, rubber, etc.; supports 5 Gyres Organization
Investment: $$

Suitable for: Training, light running, hiking, gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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Allbirds Wool Runner

Highlights: Use of ZQ-Certified wool to ensure stringent animal welfare standards and environmental stewardship; Certified B Corp company
Investment: $$

Suitable for: All day walking, city strolls, traveling, leisure biking, athleisure

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EcoAlf

Highlights: Use of recycled plastic from trashed plastic bottles and recycled nylon from up-cycled fishing nets; commitment to up-cycling waste into valuable products
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Training, running, hiking, gym sessions, traveling, biking, athleisure

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Sustainable Sneakers

Vivo

Highlights: Uses rPET (recycled plastic fibers), cork, naturally tanned hides from wild cattle, virgin synthetic materials only when there are no better eco alternatives with equal durability and performance qualities; allows feet to feel the natural textures of outdoor terrains for a closer connection to earth
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Outdoor activities in all terrains, hiking, running, biking, athleisure

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Skye Footwear

Highlights: Biodegradable and recyclable parts
Investment: $$$

Suitable for: Light training, walking, traveling, hiking, biking, athleisure

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Note: Most eco-friendly sneakers still incorporate nonbiodegradable, plastic-based materials due to their performance properties. EVA foam, for example, can almost always be found in the soles of running shoes to give them that supportive, light cushion. However, we are excited to see the substitution of more and more virgin synthetic threads with recycled synthetic threads (like some of the above), or the experimentation with using biodegradable, low-impact fibers such as certified wool instead. Again, we're all about celebrating progress over perfection, so yay to the above sneakers!


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Sustainable Sneakers Eco Friendly Running Shoes
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