Recently, footwear companies’ efforts towards becoming more sustainable have led to a wave of innovation in sneaker design.
From everyday running shoes made of recycled plastic to thin sneakers designed to allow the wearer to feel the terrain, the industry’s capacity for providing quality vegan sports shoes has impressed even the toughest fans.
Let’s review some of the most creative examples.
5 Best Vegan Sports Shoes
|Adidas x Stella McCartney Predator Freak+ By Adidas||
|Reebok Forever Floatride Grow By Reebok||
|3||Veja Condor By Veja||
|4||ASICS Men’s Gel-Kayano 26 By ASICS||
|5||Vivobarefoot Geo Racer 2 By Vivobarefoot||
Stella McCartney, known for her continuous efforts to design vegan shoes and accessories, partnered with French football player Paul Pogba to develop the first 100% vegan football shoes. The colorful pair comes either laced or with a sock-like fit.
The new vegan football boot by Adidas and Stella McCartney has Zebra-like stripes that alternate between white and a reflective rainbow background, covered with playful orange rubber scales. As with any football shoe, it comes with a colorful set of sole spikes designed to grip and control the grass field.
In recent years Reebok has adopted the policy of gradually eliminating their consumption of oil-based products and increasing their use of recycled plastic. The result? A pair of sneakers created from organic materials like eucalyptus bark for the body, as well as castor bean oil, bloom algae, and tree rubber for the sole.
Despite the unusual materials, the Reebok Forever Floatride Grow provides protection against skin irritation, even during long runs. The sole is also surprisingly effective at improving stability and preventing slips. It comes in a white colorway with green lines that make it look, deceivingly enough, like a classic pair of running shoes.
Veja is a French company famous for offering multiple cruelty and oil-free shoes and is known for incorporating fair trade practices in their production and manufacturing.
In fact, half of the Veja Condor is made from plant-based materials like oil and sugar cane and recycled bottles. Compared to Nike, this is considered one of the high-performing vegan running shoes made with 53% bio-based and recycled materials including recycled polyester, plastic bottles, sugar cane, plant oils, and rice waste.
The Veja Condor resembles a standard running sneaker, offering soft cushioning as well as flexibility and grip to support daily urban exercise routines. The pair comes in a pink and white colorway, with a red V logo on the side and an outsole of the same color.
The Gel-Kayano is the result of a cruelty-free production process and has a Duomax midsole made of organic nano-fibers. It also uses rubber and has no traces of animal products on its body.
ASICS’s vegan running shoe uses GEL technology and shock absorption to provide runners with maximum protection during their high-impact training sessions. They are also designed to provide the necessary levels of stability and overpronation protection required to run safely under different weather conditions.
The Geo Racer 2 is a unique project. It results from a cruelty-free production process and is made from sustainable materials like recycled plastic. But the reason behind its peculiar design makes it even more interesting.
Instead of a traditional silhouette, the Geo Racer 2 follows the shape of a foot in order to allow more freedom of movement. The sole is also particularly thin and designed to allow the wearer to feel the ground when running through natural environments. Despite that, it also offers enough protection from the terrain to make this part of a daily routine.
As time passes, the demand for cruelty-free products increases, and designers have not disappointed. It’s clear that truly sustainable and functional footwear, capable of supporting athletes, is now possible to achieve. As news of these shoes spreads and companies continue their push for sustainable products, we may be seeing a new era for sports everywhere.