Recently, the efforts of shoe companies to become more sustainable have sparked a wave of innovation in sneaker design.
From everyday running shoes made from recycled plastic to thin sneakers designed to let the wearer feel the terrain, the industry’s ability to deliver high-quality vegan athletic shoes has impressed even the heaviest of fans.
Let’s take a look at some of the most creative examples.
5 Best Vegan Sneakers
1. Adidas x Stella McCartney Predator Freak+
Stella McCartney, known for her ongoing efforts to design vegan shoes and accessories, teamed up with French footballer Paul Pogba to create the first 100% vegan football boots. The colorful pair comes with laces or a sock-like fit.
The new vegan football shoe from Adidas and Stella McCartney has Zebra-esque stripes that alternate between white and a reflective rainbow background, covered in playful orange rubber scales. As with any football boot, it comes with a colorful set of sole spikes designed to provide traction and control over the pitch.
2. Reebok Forever Floatride Grow
In recent years, Reebok has adopted a policy of phasing out the use of oil-based products and increasing the use of recycled plastics. The result? A pair of sneakers made from organic materials such as eucalyptus bark for the body, as well as castor oil, flowering algae and tree rubber for the sole.
Despite the unusual materials, the Reebok Forever Floatride Grow offers protection against skin irritation, even during long runs. The sole is also surprisingly effective at improving stability and preventing slipping. It comes in a white livery with green lines that make it, deceptively, resemble a classic pair of running shoes.
3. Veja Condor
Veja is a French company known for offering multiple cruelty and oil free footwear and is known for incorporating fair trade practices into their manufacturing and production.
In fact, half of the Veja Condor is made from plant-based materials such as oil and sugar cane and recycled bottles. Compared to Nike, this is considered one of the best performing vegan running shoes made with 53% biobased and recycled materials including recycled polyester, plastic bottles, sugar cane, vegetable oils, and rice waste.
Resembling a standard running sneaker, the Veja Condor offers plush cushioning, flexibility and traction to support everyday urban training routines. The pair comes in a pink and white colorway, with a red V logo on the side and a matching outsole.
4. ASICS Gel-Kayano Men 26
The Gel-Kayano is the result of a cruelty-free production process and has a Duomax midsole made of organic nanofibres. It too uses rubber and has no traces of animal products on his body.
ASICS’ vegan running shoe uses GEL technology and shock absorption to provide runners with maximum protection during their intense training sessions. They are also designed to provide the necessary levels of stability and overpronation protection needed to run safely in a variety of weather conditions.
The Geo Racer 2 is a unique project. It is the result of a cruelty-free manufacturing process and is made from sustainable materials such as 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 to allow greater freedom of movement. The sole is also very thin and designed so that the wearer can feel the ground when walking through natural environments. Despite that, it also offers enough terrain protection to make this part of a daily routine.
As time goes by, the demand for cruelty-free products increases and designers have not disappointed. It is clear that truly durable and functional footwear that can support athletes is now possible. As news of these shoes spreads and companies continue to strive for sustainable products, we may see a new era for sport everywhere.