7 Affordable Eco-Friendly Sneakers For Every Closet

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written by:  Livia Gimenes

editor's note:

As someone who loves adding a good sneaker to any of my outfits, I really wanted sneakers that help the environment and don't take a toll on my pocket. I hope this list also helps everybody else out.

Sneakers are an essential item for any closet. If you like to wear them every day or for a casual outfit or just use them for running, sneakers are a must. And, if you are a sneaker junkie like me, you often might find yourself conflicted when trying to find a new favourite pair of kicks. Conscious consumers want to run away from the negatives of the fast fashion industry but also don’t want their pockets to suffer as a consequence. Don’t worry: we have compiled a list of seven sneakers that are stylish, affordable and eco-friendly.


1. Po-Zu’s Star Wars Aurebesh

Price:

$78

Our Take:

These Star Wars inspired sneakers by Po-Zu are fun yet a sleek option for those who either love Star Wars, eco-friendliness, or both. They’re made out of organic cotton and are 100 % vegan, making them highly comfortable and breathable. Plus, all the rubber used is locally-sourced Fair Trade rubber certified by the Fair Trade Association.


2. Cariuma’s OCA Low

Price:

$79

Our Take:

The OCA Lows from Cariuma are effortlessly stylish and versatile while also being highly comfortable. What stands out the most about these kicks is Cariuma’s commitment to reforestation in their community. For every pair of OCA Lows that you buy, they will plant a pair of trees in the Brazilian rainforest. Their shoes are also 100 % percent vegan shoes that come in recyclable packaging and are made in ethical factories in Brazil.


3. Ethletic's Fair Deck Collection

Price:

$83

Our Take:

The Fair Deck by Ethletic is a sporty-chic slip-on sneaker for all occasions that really puts emphasis on being fairly produced. All the cotton is organic and sourced from small farmers under Fair Trade standards. The sole is made from FSC®-certified rubber from sustainably managed plantations in Sri Lanka. Etheletic also supports local Fairtrade products in the communities where it sources its products.


4. ASK’s Sustainable Low Cuts

Price:

$84

Our Take:

This classic low-cut by ASK will go with any outfit while not leaving any waste behind. It's made with 100 % natural materials without any blends or synthetics, which makes them highly breathable. Plus, all the cotton used is Fair-Trade Certified and the sole is made from 100% natural rubber from sustainably managed forests.


5. Nothing New’s Low Tops

Price:

$95

Our Take:

Coming in a wide range of colors from pink to Navy to Off-White, the Low Tops by Nothing New has an eco-friendly option that fits everyone's style. These kicks are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, saving up to 160 gallons of water and repurposing 5.6 plastic bottles per pair. They use stitch construction in production, allowing the Low Tops to be flexible and durable. This also is described to reduced the emission of harmful byproducts of chemical-heavy glues.


6. Allbirds Wool Runners

Price:

$95

Our Take:

For a casual colder month shoe, the Wool Runners by Allbirds are fresh and stylish. The shoe only has a footprint of 7.1 kg of carbon dioxide. After purchase, the shopper gets to vote to tell Allbirds which area of the environment the company should invest in offsets for: land, energy or air. The laces on these shoes are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, and the insole uses castor bean oil, which emits less carbon than petroleum-based foams. Allbirds has shoes for all activities in life, like the performance Tree Dasher, the business-casual Tree Breezer, and more!


7. Honorable Mention: Veja’s Nova Canvas

Price:

$100

Our Take:

While a bit more on the expensive side, the Nova Canvas by Veja offers an elegant modern look with a classic touch. Made locally in Porto Alegre, Brazil, these sneakers are 100% vegan and made with organic cotton. In addition, its sole and part of its insole are made from wild rubber from the Amazonian forest.

1. Po-Zu’s Star Wars Aurebesh

Price:

$78

Our Take:

These Star Wars inspired sneakers by Po-Zu are fun yet a sleek option for those who either love Star Wars, eco-friendliness, or both. They’re made out of organic cotton and are 100 % vegan, making them highly comfortable and breathable. Plus, all the rubber used is locally-sourced Fair Trade rubber certified by the Fair Trade Association.


2. Cariuma’s OCA Low

Price:

$79

Our Take:

The OCA Lows from Cariuma are effortlessly stylish and versatile while also being highly comfortable. What stands out the most about these kicks is Cariuma’s commitment to reforestation in their community. For every pair of OCA Lows that you buy, they will plant a pair of trees in the Brazilian rainforest. Their shoes are also 100 % percent vegan shoes that come in recyclable packaging and are made in ethical factories in Brazil.


3. Ethletic's Fair Deck Collection

Price:

$83

Our Take:

The Fair Deck by Ethletic is a sporty-chic slip-on sneaker for all occasions that really puts emphasis on being fairly produced. All the cotton is organic and sourced from small farmers under Fair Trade standards. The sole is made from FSC®-certified rubber from sustainably managed plantations in Sri Lanka. Etheletic also supports local Fairtrade products in the communities where it sources its products.


4. ASK’s Sustainable Low Cuts

Price:

$84

Our Take:

This classic low-cut by ASK will go with any outfit while not leaving any waste behind. It's made with 100 % natural materials without any blends or synthetics, which makes them highly breathable. Plus, all the cotton used is Fair-Trade Certified and the sole is made from 100% natural rubber from sustainably managed forests.


5. Nothing New’s Low Tops

Price:

$95

Our Take:

Coming in a wide range of colors from pink to Navy to Off-White, the Low Tops by Nothing New has an eco-friendly option that fits everyone's style. These kicks are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, saving up to 160 gallons of water and repurposing 5.6 plastic bottles per pair. They use stitch construction in production, allowing the Low Tops to be flexible and durable. This also is described to reduced the emission of harmful byproducts of chemical-heavy glues.


6. Allbirds Wool Runners

Price:

$95

Our Take:

For a casual colder month shoe, the Wool Runners by Allbirds are fresh and stylish. The shoe only has a footprint of 7.1 kg of carbon dioxide. After purchase, the shopper gets to vote to tell Allbirds which area of the environment the company should invest in offsets for: land, energy or air. The laces on these shoes are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic, and the insole uses castor bean oil, which emits less carbon than petroleum-based foams. Allbirds has shoes for all activities in life, like the performance Tree Dasher, the business-casual Tree Breezer, and more!


7. Honorable Mention: Veja’s Nova Canvas

Price:

$100

Our Take:

While a bit more on the expensive side, the Nova Canvas by Veja offers an elegant modern look with a classic touch. Made locally in Porto Alegre, Brazil, these sneakers are 100% vegan and made with organic cotton. In addition, its sole and part of its insole are made from wild rubber from the Amazonian forest.




written by:  Livia Gimenes

editor's note:

As someone who loves adding a good sneaker to any of my outfits, I really wanted sneakers that help the environment and don't take a toll on my pocket. I hope this list also helps everybody else out.

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