The Best Eco-Sneakers

These sneakers are made with renewable, sustainable materials-organic cotton, reclaimed rubber, recycled plastic water bottles, and more-will reduce your ecological footprint. (Pictured clockwise from bottom left.)

Seeing Spots
Outsoles from old tires, footbeds from recovered plastic bottles, and organic cotton make slip-on Carousel by Simple ultra-planet-friendly.

Double Time
A collapsible heel converts Patagonia's hempand-leather Patrol from sneaker to slide and back again. Reclaimed rubber outsoles and 15 percent recycled foam footbeds lend comfort and support.

Refined Rugged
Teva, widely known for its strappy sandals, crafted the Keagan from recycled trash. The canvas lining consists of postconsumer plastic bottles, and the outside contains 50 percent reclaimed rubber.

Game On
The fair-trade Volley by Veja incorporates organic cotton canvas and renewable, biodegradable natural latex collected from wild rubber trees in the Amazon rain forest.

Vegan Delight
Keen's Ventura features a jute, cork, and natural latex footbed; a natural rubber outsole; recycled aluminum eyelets; and waterbased glues.

Text by Jill Russell

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Comments (2)

  • 20 Dec, 2010

    I'm really into eco fashion and have to say that I really love my Aurora Shoes (not featured above). They're made in Aurora, NY with all American made materials. They actually have you send them a tracing of your foot and they make the shoes for you and then mail them. The shoes fit like a glove and they are so comfortable. They even re-sole shoes that are worn out. You can check out their website at aurorashoeco.com

  • 19 Oct, 2008

    i have bought a pair of sneakers and boots from simple shoes
    and they are nice, comfortable
    and have been lasting a long time!
    I definitely recommend buying shoes from simpleshoes.com!!

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