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/ December 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor

5 Sustainable Sneakers You Need Now

There’s never been a better time to go eco-friendly with your activewear, starting with these totally on-trend shoes.

From workouts to downtime, making positive choices is a key part of your personal wellness journey. To pay those feel-good vibes forward, there’s never been a better time to gear-up with sustainable, eco-friendly athleisure apparel and shoes to help create a fitter, healthier planet. 
Forget any ideas of crunchy hippy clothing, scratchy hemp or itchy ingredients—this is cutting-edge sustainability that doesn’t compromise on style or performance. You’ll find innovative vegan fabrics alongside recycled, naturally dyed, plant-based materials. This season’s crop of sustainable sneakers and clothing come served in all your favorite styles. What’s not to love? If you’re looking to give your workout gear an eco-edge, check out these five sustainable sneakers to add your list right now—plus, of course, how to style them.

Go Two-Tone

An all-out classic that continues to deliver big on style, the Club C 85 goes vegan this season, featuring absolutely zero animal products. With vegan leather uppers and a natural rubber sole, this is a sneaker that you can truly feel good about wearing. Old-school tennis vibes paired with a more modern box-fresh attitude keep this sneaker fresh and endlessly on-point. Riff off its nuanced neutral two-tone color by picking out an accent hue for the rest of your look. The gentle pink of these natural dye shorts and matching tee or hoodie nails the eco-mindful mood.

Elevate Your Energy

Take a future-forward approach to your running gear with a high-tech, eco-conscious spec for your sneakers. Making every step count, the Floatride Energy Grow—one of the world’s first sustainable performance running shoes—is crafted from things that actually grow in the ground. It’s made of at least 50% plant-based materials, including castor bean oil to help create that highly cushioned foam support, natural rubber for a more flexible tread and Lycocell textile uppers made with biodegradable and breathable wood pulp. But don’t just buy it for its earth-friendliness: The Grow keeps pace with its high-performance Floatride cousins, making it a stellar choice for all your workouts. Shoes this powerful need an equally streamlined ensemble. Pair yours with natural dye leggings to stay mindful of your environmental footprint. Add a high-impact bra in a big energy hue and top with a punchy mesh back tank for all the momentum. 

Travel in Timeless Monochrome

Box-fresh white sneakers are a wardrobe essential. Whether for long walks or downtime, the DailyFit DMX takes a high-fashion stance with all the attitude of a runway shoe but in an eco-friendly format. Focusing on comfort with its slip-on style and faux laces, this sneaker is made from at least 30% recycled materials, with soft textile uppers and a statement rubber sole. The shoe pairs perfectly with any look, from prints to bold colors. For an edgier take, work these sneaks in a monochrome ensemble, balancing that bright white with a cropped non-dye white tee and cozy black fleece joggers for contrast.

Celebrate Sustainable Speed

If you’re on the hunt for cutting-edge, plant-based power, look no further than the Nano X1 Vegan option. Made without any animal-derived ingredients, these sporty, speedy sneaks feature a plant-based version of the Flexweave® knit with built-in support for those quick lateral movements, plus the iconic Floatride Energy Foam cushioning featuring castor bean oil for maximum flexibility. Keep the momentum going with your full look by adding in some super short shorts for those big training days or natural leggings for yoga days, paired with a natural dye deep v-neck top to score all the outdoor-lifestyle-meets-eco-friendly feels.

Make It Minimalist

Get your sneaker game going strong with the Classic Leather Legacy Grow, the OG of the classics. Taking all those cool retro moves from the Classic Leather Legacy silhouette and injecting it with at least 50% plant-based materials—including a canvas upper—the Leather Legacy Grow comes in majorly muted hues for a fresh, contemporary take. Go top-to-toe minimalism with an eco-friendly edge by pairing them with a natural dye crew dress, or try a lightweight hoodie with natural dye cotton joggers or shorts.
Sustainability has come a long way in the past few years. Stock up on all the options for the season, and don’t worry: This is one trend that isn’t going out of style anytime soon.
/ December 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor