Sustainable trainers: best eco friendly and ethical trainers
There’s plenty of choices to find a great pair of sustainable trainers with comfort and style. It’s no longer the case that sustainable, eco or vegan brands are a sympathy buy without any design edge.
Need more convincing? Here are 4 sustainable and vegan trainer brands making me want to head outdoors.
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Allbirds created the most comfortable, sustainable trainers I have ever owned. After experiencing some knee pains, I searched for the perfect pair of sustainable trainers that would be good for rushing around concrete streets as well as the very occasional jog. Usually, there is a “wearing in” period, but this was just pure joy from day one. The interior is delightfully soft, the tread is excellent for protecting the knees, and when wearing them around in London during light showers, it’s surprising that they are both breathable but not soggy and damp. Allbirds trainers consist of merino sheep’s wool, eucalyptus tree fibres and sugar cane, and the laces are made from recycled plastic bottles. A snug, comfy fit, made out of innovative sustainable materials.
Veja is a case of ethics meets aesthetics with trendy designs bound to give a contemporary urban look. As I am not huge on branding, I opted for trainers without a colourful V on the side, but there’s a colour to match anyone. The shoes are made from chrome-free leather, the lining is organic cotton, and recycled polyester and the soles are made from wild rubber from the Amazonian forest. Comfortable, simple and stylish, they’ve become a millennial staple.
Po-Zu is an award-winning ethical shoe brand, combining outstanding ethics with great comfort. “Po-Zu” comes from the Japanese meaning to pause, capturing the brand’s ethos of slow craftsmanship that’s good for people and planet. Po-Zu offers sustainable trainers made from a range of different vegan fabrics.
Toms is famous for the classic espadrille with a mission that for every 3 USD spent 1 is donated through every pair sold, an impoverished child will have access to shoes for free. The trainers are vegan and come in a nice mix of shapes and colours.
Vivobarefoot offer a patented, ultra thin, puncture resistant sole, allowing for maximum sensory feedback as well as protection from the modern world. They make shoes for all terrains so that people can live Barefoot every day. Their shoes are not just for existing barefoot enthusiasts and off-road athletes; the various product ranges have a broad appeal across a wide range of demographics, including urban commuters and parents of young children.
The Addis Women’s are handmade in Ethiopia with a portion of the profits going back to supporting local employment and education initiatives.