Allbirds crafts shoes from renewable materials including wool and castor beans

Footwear brand Allbirds uses merino wool to manufacture the textile uppers of its Wool Runners shoes, which also feature laces made from recycled plastic bottles and insoles produced using castor bean oil. Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown was disappointed with the synthetic materials used to manufacture most footwear and set out to develop an alternative that […]

Nike’s latest Joyride sneaker creates the feeling of “running on bubbles”

Nike‘s Joyride Run Flyknit trainer features a cushioned underfoot platform made up of thousands of tiny rubber beads that mould to the runner’s foot shape and stride over time. The Nike Joyride Run Flyknit is designed for all runners, from beginner to athlete, with a springy sole that has been engineered to absorb the impact […]

Eight companies and designers making trainers as sustainable as possible

Footwear brands are competing to produce ever more sustainable sneakers. Here are eight brands leading the pack with trainers made from algae and pineapple husks to bioplastics and recycled waste. Big brands including Adidas and Reebok, as well as startups such as Native Shoes and Ecoalf, are trying to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions of […]

Ermenegildo Zegna releases latest customisable sneaker My Claudio

Dezeen promotion: Ermenegildo Zegna has unveiled My Claudio, its latest range of personalised trainers available in a striking array of colour combinations. It is the luxury Italian fashion brand’s second collection of customisable sneakers, following the recent launch of My Cesare, which it dubbed as “the future of luxury streetwear”. Ultralight, versatile, and instantly iconic, My Claudio […]

Native Shoes makes plant-based sneakers from pineapple and eucalyptus

Canadian footwear brand Native Shoes has released a unisex sneaker made entirely from vegan-friendly materials including eucalyptus, pineapple husk and dried hevea milk. In a bid to offer consumers footwear that is both high-quality and zero-waste, Native Shoes has designed a trainer comprised of plant-derived components that are fully biodegradable, compostable and free from animal […]

Everlane designs leather Tread trainers to be “world’s most sustainable sneakers”

American fashion brand Everlane has launched sneakers made from leather, recycled rubber and plastic bottles that it claims are completely carbon neutral. The unisex trainers, called Tread by Everlane, feature soles made of a mixture of natural and recycled rubber, while the uppers are made of leather from “the world’s cleanest tannery”. The laces and […]

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