As we’ve reported previously, fast fashion takes a huge toll on the environment. That’s why we’re excited to see more and more clothing brands get into the sustainability game.
We’re particularly jazzed about the recent uptick in sustainable running sneakers and sustainable trainers on the market. Big-name sneaker companies and indie brands now offer shoes that will improve performance while also being better for the planet.
Here, we’ve rounded up the best sustainable running shoes and sustainable trainers to slip your feet into right now.
Best sustainable running shoes
Allbirds Women’s Tree Dashers ($125, allbirds.com): Allbirds has really paved the way for sustainable running shoes in the U.S. Their popular Tree Dashers, ideal for everyday runs, are made with natural materials such as eucalyptus fiber. They’re also completely carbon neutral, thanks to the sustainable manufacturing processes. Even the shoelaces are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Veja Condor 2 Sneakers ($160, madewell.com): Veja says their eco-friendly sneakers are “the first post-petroleum running shoe.” They’re made from sustainable materials like 100% recycled mesh, sugarcane, and rubber sourced from the Amazon rainforest.
Hylo Athletics Women’s Corn Runners ($130, hyloathletics.com): Yep, these sustainable running shoes are really made out of corn fibers. They’re also made with natural rubber and organic cotton, among other renewable materials. They’re lightweight, supportive, and come in a variety of chic colors.
Adidas Ultraboost Made to Be Remade Shoes ($180, adidas.com): These sustainable running shoes are made out of used materials and constructed with no dyes or glue. Even better, they still give you the same performance you come to expect from Adidas. Once you’ve worn them out, send them back to the brand and they’ll turn them into something new.
Nike Air Vapormax 2021 FK ($210, nike.com): Nike has also gotten into the sustainability game with these running shoes made from at least 40% recycled materials by weight. The recycled rubber in the sole is durable and adds traction. Plus, the shoe is available in a variety of trendy colors.
Reebok Nano X1 Vegan Women’s Training Shoes ($150, finishline.com): Plant-based diets are all the rage. Now, there’s such a thing as plant-based sneakers. Reebok’s foray into sustainable trainers started with these vegan sneakers that will power you through all your workouts. They’re made with a plant-based knit and a foam that comes from castor beans.
Vivobarefoot Geo Racer Knit Womens ($165, vivobarefoot.com): These ultra-lightweight yet durable running shoes are made from recycled materials and post-consumer plastic waste to help reduce Vivobarefoot’s landfill waste. Bonus: The sneakers are also vegan.
On Cloudflow ($139.99, nordstrom.com): Train and race in these well-crafted athletic sneakers that are made with 20% recycled content, including 70% recycled polyester. They even come in wide widths, so finding your perfect fit is easier than ever. On has committed to a variety of sustainability initiatives, including using recycled materials in their sneakers and redesigning their packaging to cut down on waste.
Asics Women’s Gel-Cumulus 23 ($120, nordstrom.com): Inspired by cumulus clouds, these soft running shoes will give you plenty of support as you train and race. What’s more, more than 20% of the primary material in the shoe’s upper is made with recycled materials to cut down on waste and carbon emissions.
Icebug NewRun Women’s BUGrip ($209.95, backcountry.com): These winter road running shoes feature recycled PET laces that are easy to adjust. They also have a wide toe box for a comfortable fit. Many of the other materials in the shoes are also recycled.