5 Sustainable Running Shoes For Some Eco-Friendly Exercise

Over the past couple years, sustainability has hopefully woven itself into nearly every aspect of our lives. From making plastic-free swaps in our beauty routines to investing in reusable straws and sandwich bags, creating earth-friendly, sustainable habits no longer seems niche — it's the new norm.

And while you may not be doing a ton of outdoor jogs as of late, you may be in the market for upgrading your running shoes if you're doing intense cardio workout videos from your living room, or you're lucky enough to have a treadmill at home. Well, we've rounded up the best consciously-made sneakers that don't sacrifice performance for eco-friendliness. From innovative designs by top brands like Adidas and Nike, to newcomers that have sustainability baked into the core, here are the best designs to shop now.

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adidas Running Ultraboost Parley

Ocean plastic has been transformed into a sleek running sneaker thanks to Adidas' collab with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental collective of creative leaders dedicated to raising awareness of ocean conservation efforts.

adidas Running Ultraboost Parley, $, available at Zappos

Allbirds Wool Runners

If you can believe it, Allbirds' Wool Runners are made with virtually none of the conventional materials you'd expect in a running shoe: Ethically-sourced ZQ Merino wool forms the upper, the sole is comprised of a Brazilian sugarcane-based foam material, and laces are made from 100% post-consumer recycled polyester derived from a single plastic water bottle.

Allbirds Women's Wool Runners, $, available at Allbirds

Veja Condor Running Sneaker

French sneaker brand Veja has been committed to making sustainable footwear since its inception, and its first-ever running shoe, the Condor, is made from recycled plastic and a consciously-sourced rubber sole.

VEJA Condor Running Sneaker, $, available at Carbon38

Nike Air Max Bella TR 2

According to the brand, all Nike Air soles designed since 2008 (which, as hard to believe it, is over a decade ago!) are made with a minimum of 50% recycled manufacturing waste, in addition to 100% renewable energy sources.

Nike Air Max Bella TR 2, $, available at Zappos

Tread The Trainer

Everlane's Tread sneaks are comprised of natural and recycled rubber that’s 94.2% free of virgin plastic. Plus, the brand's committed to completely offsetting its carbon footprint via a partnership with NativeEnergy.)

Tread by Everlane The Trainer - Cool Grey / Pine, $, available at Everlane

ASICS Edo Era Tribute Pack - LAUNCHING 4/24

a new line of running and SportStyle shoes that incorporate recycled polyester made from PET bottles in the upper material.

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