Top 5 Sustainable Sneakers for Your Next Purchase

Shop with a purpose and purchase one of these sustainable sneakers for summer.

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As we enter into a new season, it’s the perfect opportunity to start looking for some new shoes to help style your new outfits. However, before you rush into your next purchase, you should think about shopping with a purpose.

Sneaker production accounts for 1.4% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and when you compare that to the 2.5% produced by air travel, it becomes clear that a change must occur urgently. By simply shopping more sustainably, you’ll be making a much-needed positive impact on the environment.

Whether you’re into a classic white sneaker or a colourful chunky one, we’ve found a short list of sneakers that are perfect for every taste. Better yet, these are eco-friendly sneakers, so you’ll be looking good and simultaneously doing right by our world.

TOMS – Black Espadrilla Alpargatas
TOMS is a beloved brand that has been around for many years. Mostly known for their partnerships, like with Save the Children where they give a pair of shoes to a child in need with every purchase, TOMS also provide vegan options, use eco-friendly materials and offers recycled packaging. You can shop these shoes here.

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Adidas Originals ‘The Clean Classics’ Stan Smith
Released this year, the ‘Clean Classics’ collection features a revamping of shoes in in a vegan-friendly way. Their motto, ‘These shoes alone will not save the planet, they’re a step in the right direction’ sums up their collection perfectly. Our personal favourite is the Stan Smith shoe – you can’t go wrong.

Tommy Hilfiger ‘Premium Sustainable Sneakers’
In line with their ‘Make It Possible’ campaign that aims to create a circular economy by 2030, Tommy’s ‘Premium Sustainable Sneakers’ had to make the cut for our list. Replacing leather with recycled apple peel fibres, this chic sneaker is a progressive move in finding new and sustainable manufacturing processes to bring to the fashion industry.

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Veja – Anything
Veja is one of the most popular and eco-friendly brands in the fashion industry. Not only are they incredibly trendy, but they use eco-friendly materials, like organic cotton, and fair-trade sourcing. Veja have a diverse variety of shoes to suit any occasion, so make sure to check them out here.

Cariuma – Anything
Every Cariuma product is made with eco-friendly materials, whether it’s fair-trade cotton or bamboo-based knitted material. Like Veja, they’ve got a versatile range of chic and stylish shoes that can suit any occasion. You can shop the range here.

Make sure to check out these brands when you’re considering buying some new sneakers. With over 20 billion shoes manufactured each year, make sure that your purchase is making a good difference.


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Serena is a Bachelor of Arts graduate with a major in Media and Communications. She has a passion for writing about all things fashion, wellbeing, food, travel, style and entertainment and hopes to use her voice and platform to inspire, empower and educate others. When she’s not writing, she loves to be with family and friends, read, listen to music and binge-watching the latest Netflix Original series.