Experts Tell Us the Best Environmentally Friendly Running Shoes

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This article showcases our top picks for the Best Environmentally Friendly Running Shoes. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Vivobarefoot Primus Trail II FG, Mens Recycled Off-Road Shoe with Barefoot Firm Ground Sole

This product was recommended by Madilyn Hill from True Person Finder

Experience vegan running with Vivobarefoot primus trail shoe! The high-performance shoe is made out of recycled plastics. The breathable shoe material minimizes wetness to keep your feet dry and cool. Its high-performance, durable material provides natural and comfortable feet movement. The Vivo barefoot shoe is also suitable for the rainy season, as its upper mesh is non-absorbant and made of water-resistant material. Shoe’s lacing system locks down midfoot to run comfortably, and the ground outsole provides traction over rocky trails.

CAMVAVSR Men’s Sneakers Fashion Lightweight Running Shoes

This product was recommended by Mike Baldicana from TrekRoofing

CAMVAVSR Men’s Sneakers Fashion Lightweight Running Shoes is a brand that offers comfortable and lightweight running shoes. They have an innovative and environmental design and the quality of materials used in manufacturing them. ensures that they last longer and offer a better performance than other similar models. The shoes have a special design that gives you great stability and control when running and also ensure freedom of movement. The light-weight material used in their construction means that you will be able to run for longer distances without suffering from any consequences. They are made with a flexible rubber composition that lets you run for miles without feeling any strain. You can wear these shoes in any weather conditions as well since they are waterproof and sweatproof.

Veja Condor 2 Sneakers

This product was recommended by Carly Hobbs from My Green Toddler

Veja Condor 2 Sneakers are most importantly super comfortable.

Reebok Floatride Energy Grow

This product was recommended by Max Shak from SurvivalGearShack

This shoe has a lot going for it, one of its strongest qualities being its surprising lightness, compared to the similarly green but much heavier. There were a few concerns about the tongue gusset’s durability, but the Floatride Energy Grow performed admirably despite plenty of miles.

Allbirds Tree Dasher

This product was recommended by Max Shak from SurvivalGearShack

A running shoe with a springy midsole made from sugarcane. These eco-friendly running shoes are also great for wearing around town if you like. Eucalyptus fibers comprise the knitted upper, and sugarcane is used instead of plastic for the midsole foam. Taking raw materials and converting them into usable materials is a complicated process; however, Allbirds strives to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible, and offset the remainder.

Brooks Ghost 14

This product was recommended by Max Shak from SurvivalGearShack

The first carbon-neutral running shoe from Brooks. The upper is made of at least 13% recycled polyester; Brooks made their production process carbon-neutral by analyzing their supply chains, reducing carbon to the greatest extent possible, and offsetting the rest

KEEN women’s ridge flex low height waterproof hiking shoe

This product was recommended by Virginia Blackwell from Dofeve

These running shoe are flexible and allow bending where other boots crack and weaken over time. It has a breathable membrane which keeps your feet dry and allow vapor out without letting water in. Additionally, it is made of rubber outsole that provides high traction grip in all environments.

Voet Men’s Milo Vegan Leather Classic Casual Fashion Sneaker

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

Made from cruelty-free vegan leather that doesn’t need to be broken in, this pair proves that comfort doesn’t have to be boring. Casual rounded toe with a tonal rubber outsole sewn to the upper for traction, non-slip, and durability. A pair of dress sneakers that may be worn with any clothing and silhouette. When coupled with your favorite jeans or sweatpants, this vital addition to any discerning man’s core collection will boost your style.

SCARPA Mojito Planet Suede Lightweight Eco-Friendly Outdoor Shoes for Hiking and Walking

This product was recommended by Rousseau Vestal from Find The Aisle

This beautiful shoe employs planet-friendly materials manufactured ethically to give you a shoe you’ll feel good about wearing from the inside out as an ecologically responsible version of the classic Mojito. Evolo suede is created from recycled materials, decreasing waste, carbon emissions, and the usage of chemicals in the manufacturing process. On the trail, a rubber toe cap adds added protection.

HOKA ONE ONE Womens Challenger ATR 6 Textile Synthetic Trainers

This product was recommended by Craig Miller from Academia Labs LLC

The HOKA ONE running shoes feature a pink breathable mesh upper with seamless synthetic overlays. The production uses recycled synthetic materials making it very eco-friendly. The breathable lining offers abrasion-free wear so this running shoes will really last long. The padded insole is removable and provides added cushioning and support. The midsole also offers shock-absorbing properties and stability.

ON Running Women’s Cloud Terry Textile Synthetic Trainers

This product was recommended by Will Tigerton from LeanBack Player

These women’s running shoes have a manmade rubber sole. The fabric of the shoes is made of vegan leather, making it very sustainable. It also features a round toe to provide additional comfort. The shoes come in seven different colors so you can choose well whichever suits your color style. The running shoes itself is very lightweight so it is easy to run using them.

WHITIN Men’s Cross-Trainer | Barefoot & Minimalist Shoe | Zero Drop Sole | Wide Toe Box

This product was recommended by Stella Cooper from PaydayLoansUK

Enjoy running with this lightweight and flexible Within shoe! The sole has been specifically designed to provide better balance and durability during sports activities. This shoe’s anatomical design offers natural comfort. Moreover, it uses vegan-friendly materials and 0% animal products. Its flat zero-drop sole supports healthy posture and gives barefoot a comfortable feeling by putting less tension on the joints. Let your feet roll on hot, rocky, dry, and moderately wet surfaces with the shoe.

Vivobarefoot Primus Lite III

This product was recommended by Bonnie Fisher from Better World Apparel

The name says it all! It is like being barefoot. Brand delivers amazingly confortable, breathable sneakers with vegan and recycled materials. Everything in this product has been optimized to be as environmentally friendly as possible, attending both performance and increasing product life cycle.


This product was recommended by Andrew Ryan from Allen Media Consulting

Named for one of the fastest fish in the sea, The Marlin is a post-petroleum running shoe built for performance, balancing the stability of full ground contact and shock absorption with the lightness of minimalist construction. Opting for materials like Amazonian rubber, rice waste, ricinus oil, recycled plastic bottles, and sugar cane has allowed VEJA to satisfy the technical needs of runners without sacrificing environmental concerns. The Marlin is 62% bio-based and recycled.

Adidas PrimeBlue UltraBoost

This product was recommended by Eric Barber from Steadyfoot

Made from reclaimed coastal plastic, the Adidas PrimeBlue UltraBoost is super comfy and lightweight for those steady and long plods on the roads.

Adidas Futurecraft Loop

This product was recommended by Eric Barber from Steadyfoot

Made from entirely recyclable material, the yarn/plastic upper is attached to the outsole with no glue at all. The TPU outsole is nice and grippy and provides decent energy return.

Reebok Forever G-FloatRide Grow

This product was recommended by Eric Barber from Steadyfoot

Trying to minimize impact to the max making a sustainable performance shoe, Reebok made the upper from eucalyptus trees, the outsole from rubber trees, the midsole from castor bean, and the insole from bloom algae.

Merrell’s Men’s Moab Flight Hiking Shoes

This product was recommended by Michael Roberts from Sports Gear Portal

A big part of this pair of shoes from Merrell is recycled. The outsole is made of recycled rubber. Although Merrell hasn’t always been a brand that prioritizes sustainability and eco-friendliness, they have started doing so, and this is one of the best shoes of theirs that are eco-friendly. Along with that, the construction of this is vegan-friendly. Merrell partners up with other companies that do safe testing and are environmentally-friendly, too. This shoe is also durable, comfortable, and lightweight. Perfect for running and hiking.

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