Tread Lightly In 6 Of The Coolest Sustainable Sneakers To Shop This Season

By Phoebe Youl
28th Jun 2020

Best Sustainable Sneakers

If you’ve looked down recently, you’ve probably noticed that we’re living in an era of "sneakerdom".

Reliance, dependence or sneaker-attachment syndrome, whatever you want to call it, sneakers are everywhere and it’s no surprise why. The perfect commuter shoe, our go-to for weekends, casual-Fridays and well, pretty much everything—it’s become clear that sneakers are the apple of every shoe-wearers eye. 

And while the most serious of sneaker wearers will be able to tell you there’s a certain degree of status to be found in wearing the "right" pair, we’re pretty sure there’s only one type of shoe everyone should be buying right now; and that’s the sustainable sneaker.

Great for your feet (you podiatrist will love you), good for the environment, and cool-enough looking that even your most fashionable-friend will be asking where you found them, these consciously produced pairs really are made for—sustainable—walking. 

From a chrome-free suede dad sneaker to the responsibly sourced rubber soles everyone's wearing on Instagram, here’s an edit of the best sustainable sneakers on the market right now.

Good News Organic Cotton Canvas Sneakers

PRICE: $209

Your classic white trainer just got upgraded with plant-friendly materials. Made from organic cotton canvas and with a chunky recycled rubber sole, you’ll probably never want to take these off your feet. Shop them here

Rick Owens X Veja Vegan Leather And Suede Sneakers

PRICE: $407 $244.44

We’ve never met a dad sneaker we didn’t like, but these really tick every box. With their bio-based midsole, organic cotton and vegan-suede panels these shoes are the perfect mix of cool and conscious, with a little of Owens' signature slick monochrome. Shop them on sale here.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Renew Cotton Canvas 

PRICE: $100 $70

Converse are producing the high-top sneakers we all know and love using 30% recycled cotton canvas, sourced from their factory scraps (cool, huh). With a recycled rubber sole and contrast stitching, this is one pair we can’t go past. Shop them here.

VEJA Esplar Suede-Trimmed Leather Sneakers

PRICE: $160

Not only are VEJA an ethical organisation that supports local organic cotton farming families, but they also make really cute sneakers (see above). With their responsibly sourced Amazon rainforest rubber soles and organic cotton lining, these leather sneakers are a wardrobe essential. Shop them here.


PRICE: $180

Made from ecological and sustainable materials, including sustainably sourced wild rubber these low-top sneakers look just as good paired with denim as they do with a floral dress. Shop them here.

All Birds Women’s Wool Runners

PRICE: $140

Soft, lightweight and breathable, you’d almost be mistaken for thinking these shoes are tiny clouds. Produced from New Zealand Merino wool, and with one plastic bottle being converted into every pair of laces, these sneakers are championing natural materials every step of the way.  Shop them here.

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Editor's note: Urban List editors independently select and write about stuff we love and think you'll like too. Urban List has affiliate partnerships, so we get revenue from your purchase.

Image credit: VEJA

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