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The 18 Best Sustainable Sneaker Brands For Eco-Conscious Men

Sneakers are a staple; a must-have for every wardrobe. They’re extremely comfortable and versatile, meaning they can be worn daily to almost any occasion, and have become incredibly fashionable; with many celebrities opting to walk red carpets in a pair of sneakers, and many of us expanding our sneaker collection to include a variety of styles and colours, such as crisp white, classic navy, and timeless black.

However, with climate change threatening our planet (and our very existence – eek!), it’s more imperative than ever to make more sustainable and ethical choices when it comes to fashion. This means buying less, and when you do buy, buying from sustainable sneaker brands that produce sneakers that’ll last for years and have been made with renewable and natural fabrics.

But it can be hard to know what brands to trust, as ‘sustainable’ has become a bit of a buzzword that many fashion brands are adapting into their vocabulary. Therefore, we’ve researched what brands are producing truly sustainable sneakers (that don’t compromise on style) and are dedicated to reducing their environmental impact in more ways than one.

Features of sustainable sneakers

Most sustainable sneakers are made from either natural materials (wool, organic cotton, leather off-cuts, etc.) or upcycled/recycled materials (plastic bottles, old sneakers, etc). The materials should have been sourced in a sustainable and ethical way, which is easy to find out as reputable and trustworthy sustainable sneaker brands are extremely transparent and will have this information on their sites.

Other features to look out for are whether the sneaker brand is dedicated to producing their sneakers in a way that’s low in terms of a carbon footprint, whether the brand offsets their carbon emissions, and whether the brand champions fair working conditions for their employees and factory workers.

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What does 'sustainable fashion' mean?

Sustainable fashion refers to a movement pushing for the entire fashion industry to move towards greater ecological integrity and social justice. By brands becoming more sustainable they are reducing their carbon footprint, and encourage other brands to do the same. Plus, most 'sustainable' brands advocate for factory workers to have better pay and working conditions.

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If you’re looking for a new pair of sneakers, help our environment by purchasing from one of the following sustainable sneaker brands that produce eco-friendly footwear, that’s still extremely stylish and comfortable, through fair labour practices.

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