When you think of sneaker culture or sneaker heads, you typically are not thinking about eco-friendly footwear.
You think of Nike and Adidas. And when you think of sneaker heads, you think of those whose collection usually includes Jordan’s, Yeezy’s and NMD’s at one point. LeBron’s and limited edition kicks like the Travis Scott Air max and retro sneakers usually round out the collection.
What you do not hear a lot from the sneaker culture is eco-friendly or sustainable footwear.
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That may change soon. With more brands putting millions of dollars behind sustainable efforts. Like Adidas Ultra boost or Nike’s Space Hippie.
But there are other brands that have committed the majority to all of their business to eco-friendly efforts while also making popular and fashionable kicks.
Sustainable fashion (also known as eco-fashion) is a movement and process of fostering change to fashion products and the fashion system towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. Sustainable fashion concerns more than just addressing fashion textiles or products.
According to Geneva environment network Fashion production makes up 10% of humanity’s carbon emissions, dries up water sources, and pollutes rivers and streams.
So, the impact of footwear brands decreasing their carbon foot print goes a long way.
From saving the lives of animals to reduced usage of water.
On top of kicking Co2’s butts these brand’s kicks are pretty dope. Some have even received the royal stamp of approval. Here’s a list of the best Eco-friendly kicks you should add to cart.
In 1967, they first launched the Nylite sneaker–the first luxury tennis sneaker in the world. It became a favorite when tennis stars like Björn Borg and Martina Navratilova wore them on and off-court.
In 2019 the iconic sneakers, made a comeback but with a few noticeable changes. This time with a Eco Essentials Initiative. Their sustainable Innovation engine. In this re-launch, they used 50% natural rubber outsole, a recycled insole, locally sourced canvas from small farms in Vietnam and Eco Suede. Creating responsible sneakers, for a more sustainable future.
The certified B corporation with 65% of all of their products are 100% Vegan.
Cariuma’s mission is to make things in a way that’s better for people and the planet.
Cariuma also adorns The Butterfly Mark certification. The Butterfly Mark certification is an independent, globally respected trust mark awarded to luxury brands, retailers and suppliers that meet the highest standards of verified ESG+ performance. Cariuma uses materials such as cork, mamona oil, sugar cane and bamboo.
Flamingos life is a Spanish Plant based shoemakers.
Flamingos Life states that they use their company to provide a solution to the ecological crisis in which we find ourselves. Veganism is a vehicle for change, it is the key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and our water footprint.It is also the key to reducing CO2 emissions, saving water and respecting the life of other living beings.
Maybe the most recognizable brand on this list thanks its buzz and popularity amongst celebrities such as Katie Holmes, Emma Watson, Reece Witherspoon and Eddie Redmayne.
Most notable celebrity is the Duchesses, Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
Since 2005, VEJA has been creating sneakers in a different way, mixing social projects, economic justice, and ecological materials
VEJA uses Brazilian and Peruvian organic cotton for the canvas and laces, Amazonian rubber for the soles, and various innovative materials conceived in recycled plastic bottles or recycled polyester.
So, there you have it! Add to cart.