Shopping for a new pair of running shoes is hard work – you need to ensure they fit your running style, are comfortable, and will hold up for as long as you need them. It’s even harder if you’re narrowing your choice down to include sustainable running shoes.
Despite the rapid growth in sustainable fashion brands, there’s still a lack of eco-friendly running shoes out there.
That’s why we put this guide together.
We’ve collected some of our favorite sustainable running shoe brands out there at the moment to help you find your ideal shoe.
Without further ado, let’s jump into the recommendations.
Our Sustainable Running Shoe Recommendations
Highlights: Super comfy, made from eucalyptus and merino wool. They have the world’s first carbon negative green EVA.
First, we have the Allbirds Tree Dasher.
Allbirds are well-known for their minimalist, high-performance shoes already, and the Tree Dasher is their first foray into the world of running.
The uppers are made from eucalyptus tree and merino wool, and the sole is made of the world’s first carbon negative green EVA. To keep you stable, they have natural rubber traction pads as well.
The Tree Dasher only emits 9 kg CO2e during the production process, making them a great option on your search for a sustainable running shoe.
They come in multiple colorways for both women and men, and are perfect for running, workouts, and will even look good as an everyday sneaker. Click the link below to view them on the Allbirds website.
Highlights: Solid running shoes and the company helps communities thrive with its giving back program
Newton Running is our next sustainable running shoe brand recommendation. They’re investing heavily into giving back to communities, as well as creating amazing shoes.
They make ethical running shoes for everyone. Whether you’re just starting out on a Couch to 5k plan, or running your third marathon, Newton Running will have a shoe for you.
They’re big on giving back to communities and charities and use their platform for social good.
No matter the type of shoe style you like, we’re confident that you’ll find the right pair for you from Newton.
Highlights: Minimal water usage, materials include cork, recycled rubber, and natural yarns.
Vivobarefoot is another sustainable running shoe brand that we definitely recommend.
As you can see on their sustainability page, every part of their brand has sustainability in mind.
In terms of materials, they ensure that everything is sourced in a responsible way. For example, when using leathers they source from wild roaming cattle and sustainably tanned hides. This minimizes water and chemical use in a typically energy-intensive process.
They also use sustainable materials including cork, recycled PET and rubber, and natural yarns.
Their end goal?
To make shoes that create zero waste, are free from toxins, and have no negative effects on the environment and communities involved in the production process.
Vivobarefoot never compromises on quality, either. They’re great shoes, particularly if you like barefoot-style running shoes and want a sustainable version.
If you’re a new or experienced runner, this is a great brand to check out.
Highlights: Taking plastic out of the ocean and turning it into stylish runners
We’ve mentioned this collaboration before, but it’s worth talking about again.
Adidas has teamed up with Parley to help clean the oceans.
All of the shoes in the Adidas x Parley range are made from recycled ocean plastic trash. Don’t worry, they look great too. In fact, you wouldn’t be able to distinguish the materials from other shoes, and we’re confident you’ll be impressed at just how good they are!
These sustainable running shoes are also created using a low energy and low water usage process.
Like other Adidas running shoes, these sustainable trainers are designed for performance, and you can expect to feel great on your next run with these on your feet.
Highlights: “The world’s most sustainable running shoe”
Hylo Athletics are a newcomer to the sustainable running shoe scene but we like what we see.
Firstly, the shoes are designed in a circular model – they can be completely reused when you’ve worn them out. The fabrics can be composted, and Hylo will grind up the soles to be used in new pairs of their shoes.
They contain seven different sustainable, natural materials, including organic cotton, corn fibre, castor bean oil, algae bloom, corn starch, natural rubber, and water-based vegan glue.
These runners are extremely lightweight and breathable, weighing in at just 215g.
The materials come together to create a comfortable but supportive shoe that will act as the perfect partner to your runs or walks around the city.
Oh, and they’re completely vegan too.
Hylo Athletics come in four colorways: all white, off-white (pictured), all black, and black with a white sole.
Highlights: High-performance eco-friendly trail running shoe that comes in a variety of shapes.
This trail runner from Merrell is a recently released eco-friendly running shoe.
It’s packed with environmentally friendly features including a 100% recycled mesh upper, 100% recycled laces, and 40% recycled mesh lining and insole top.
They’re designed for high-performance, with a Merrell Quantam Grip™ rubber outsole, and a rock plate for protection on hard trails.
They’re super-light, weighing only 15oz (420g).
To sum it up: these eco-friendly Merrells are an awesome running shoe for trail and cross-country runners. They’re available in men and women’s variations.
Highlights: Handmade in Germany, using vegan and non-toxic materials
The Lunge Neo Runs are a sustainable running shoe, completely handmade in Germany. They use all vegan and non-toxic materials, so they’re a great option.
The Neo Runs are neutral shoes and have a good balance between comfort and support.
They’re lightweight but offer impressively bouncy souls that preserve energy upon impact and give you an extra boost on the track (something we could all do with!).
8. Veja Condor
Highlights: Uppers from 100% recycled plastic bottles and the mid sole incorporates rice waste that would never be used otherwise
Veja are a well known sustainable, fully vegan sneaker brand.
The Condor is their first foray into running shoes – and you’re going to want to check it out.
The design is modern and stylish, and it comes in a wide variety of colorways for both men and women.
You’d hardly believe the materials in it, either.
The upper is made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, and the mid sole even contains rice waste. There’s also organic cotton, recycled polyester, sugar cane, and sustainable Amazonian rubber.
Highlights: Stylish, reliable running shoes from Outdoor Voices and Hoka One
HOKA ONE ONE and Outdoor Voices are both brilliant sustainable brands in their own right, and they’ve released this sustainable running shoe as a collaboration.
HOKA Cliftons are well-known for their comfort thanks to their unique Meta-Rocker system, which has a midsole that essentially rolls from the back to the front, to ensure that every step on your run feels good.
These OV Cliftons come in three different colors and have a breathable mesh upper that will keep your feet cool and comfortable.
Conclusion: Best Sustainable Running Shoes
If you’re in the market for a pair of sustainable running shoes, these are all great options.
Whether you’re looking for completely vegan running shoes, or if you’re into running shoes using recycled materials, these have you covered.
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