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There are many factors to consider when shopping for new sneakers. Can they keep up with you at the gym? Are they stylish enough to wear all day? Are they comfortable and supportive? The list goes on!
But another question to ask yourself is, are they sustainably made? From sneakers made with organic materials to recycled rubber and eco-friendly processes, there are tons of amazing sustainable sneakers on the market that you can shop right now. Keep scrolling to shop five brands that sell top-quality sustainable sneakers for women (and men!).
Why it’s great: Allbirds has quickly become a household name due to how comfortable and eco-friendly its shoes are. The brand utilizes recycled bottles, cardboard, merino wool and castor bean oil in its designs.
What to shop: Allbirds’ Wool Runners are ideal for wearing all day long and come in over 10 different colors. Plus, they’re also machine washable and work to minimize odor. [Editor’s note: I have these and can vouch for how comfortable they are!]
Why it’s great: Cariuma uses ethical factories, carbon-neutral shipping and premium natural materials to create their kicks. Additionally, for every pair of sneakers purchased, 10 trees are planted.
What to shop: While the brand offers various styles, the IBI High design is a customer favorite thanks to its chic hightop style, bamboo knit and vegan insole.
Cariuma IBI High, $129
Why it’s great: Everlane is widely known for its ethical approach to the fashion industry. Not only is the brand working on eliminating new plastic from its supply chain, but it’s moving towards using only organic cotton by 2023.
What to shop: The Tread Runner from Everlane has a vintage look to it, and it’s made with 100 percent recycled polyester lining and laces and has a recycled rubber outsole.
4. Lane Eight
Why it’s great: Every single pair of Lane Eight’s shoes makes a positive impact on the world — 11 plastic bottles are recycled, 31 litters of clean water are restored and 64m³ of CO2 is captured and stored. Talk about eco-friendly!
What to shop: Perfect for the gym, the Women’s Trainer AD 1 comes in 10 gorgeous shades, and has a stretchy recycled upper, an algae-based midsole and is a vegan style.
Why it’s great: Veja leverages materials made out of recycled water bottles, organic cotton and Amazonian rubber to construct its popular sneakers. The brand is also super transparent about its production process and is working to decrease its carbon emissions.
What to shop: The Espalar Se Canvas is one of the brand’s most-loved styles. It is produced with organic cotton, canvas, sugar cane, rice waste and recycled rubber.
Veja Espalar Se Canvas, $100
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