In today's fast-paced world, sustainability has become a crucial factor in all aspects of our lives, especially in footwear which sees 23 billion pairs of shoes made annually and 22 billion pairs of shoes thrown into landfill annually*. As conscious consumers, we seek products that not only showcase style but also contribute positively to the environment. Sneakers, being a wardrobe staple for many, have witnessed a remarkable shift towards eco-friendly and sustainable alternative materials. In this article, we present Ateliers Verts' selection of the top ten eco-conscious and sustainable sneakers that marry fashion and environmental consciousness seamlessly.


Veja V-10 Sneakers:

Veja V-10 Extra White


When it comes to sustainable footwear, Veja is a true pioneer. The Veja V-10 Sneakers embody the brand's commitment to ethical sourcing, fair trade, and environmental responsibility. Made from sustainably sourced materials such as organic cotton, wild rubber, and vegetable-tanned leather, these sneakers boast both style and eco-consciousness. The V-10s' clean design, vibrant colour options, and transparent production process make them a timeless and guilt-free choice. SHOP


Allbirds Wool Runners:

Allbirds Wool Runners sneaker in Hazy Beige


Allbirds has revolutionised the sneaker industry by creating comfortable and eco-friendly footwear without compromising style. The Wool Runners are crafted from a unique blend of superfine New Zealand Merino wool, which is not only soft and breathable but also renewable and responsibly sourced. With their minimalist design, superb comfort, and carbon-neutral production process, Allbirds' Wool Runners are an ideal choice for the eco-conscious sneaker enthusiasts. SHOP


Adidas 4DFWD X Parley Shoes:

Adidas 4DFWD x Parley Shoes


Adidas, one of the world's leading sportswear brands, has again collaborated with Parley for the Oceans to create the 4DFWD x Parley Shoes. These innovative shoes are made from up-cycled plastic waste collected from beaches and coastal communities. The yarn in the upper contains at least 50% Parley Ocean Plastic and 50% recycled polyester ensuring each step you take leaves a positive environmental impact. With their stylish design and exceptional performance, the Adidas 4DFWD x Parley sneakers are a win-win for both fashion and sustainability. SHOP


Rothy's The RS01 Sneaker:

Rothy's The RS01 Sneaker in Hudson


Rothy's has gained popularity for its sustainable footwear made from recycled plastic water bottles. The Sneaker, a flagship product by the brand, is created using 3D knitting technology, resulting in a seamless and comfortable fit. The sneakers are not only machine-washable but also designed with a sole made from renewable carbon-free rubber. Rothy's commitment to eco-friendly practices and their versatile sneaker design make them a top choice for conscious consumers. SHOP


Hylo Legacy

Hylo Sneaker

The Hylo sneaker is a stylish and eco-conscious footwear choice. Made from recycled and natural materials like natural rubber, these sneakers prioritise sustainability without compromising comfort or aesthetics. Their manufacturing process is energy-efficient and low in carbon emissions, and they have a fully trasnparent content and activity strategy, making them a leader in eco-friendly running and fashion & comfort between runs. They're BCorp certified too. SHOP


Men's Good Game Gucci Basket Sneaker:

Men's Good Game Gucci Basket Sneaker 


Gucci, a global fashion powerhouse, has made impressive strides in sustainability with its Men's Good Game Basket Sneaker in Black  Demetra. The upper of this sneaker is crafted from innovative Demetra material—a bio-based, sustainable leather alternative made from plant-derived raw materials. With its contemporary design, timeless silhouette, and eco-friendly composition, Gucci's Basket Sneaker exemplifies the brand's commitment to sustainable luxury. SHOP


Cariuma IBI Low Knit Sneaker:

Cariuma IBI Low Knit Sneaker


Cariuma is dedicated to creating sneakers that are not only stylish but also vegan and sustainable. The Low Knit Sneaker is a testament to their commitment. These sneakers feature an upper made from bamboo and recycled pet and the outsole eva sourced from sugar cane. For every purchase Cariuma plant 2 trees in the Brazilian rainforest via their own reforestation programme. They are also BCorp certified. Cariuma ensures that each step you take in their sneakers has a positive impact on the environment. SHOP


Golden Goose Yatay Model 1B Sneakers:

Golden Goose Yatay Model 1B Sneakers


Golden Goose, renowned for its premium footwear, has taken a sustainable approach with the Yatay Model 1B Sneakers. These sneakers are crafted from innovative and eco-friendly materials, including vegan leather and recycled fabrics. Golden Goose's commitment to sustainable production is reflected in their choice of materials and their efforts to reduce environmental impact throughout the manufacturing process. The Yatay Model 1B Sneakers are a perfect blend of luxury and sustainability. SHOP


ACBC Evergreen Sneakers:

ACBC Evergreen in White and Blue


ACBC, Anything Can Be Changed are renowned for being Italy's first BCorp in the footwear sector. The Evergreen is their hero model and is made of sustainable and 100% animal free materials.  These sneakers are crafted with an upper made from a bio blend of wood fibre, calcium carbonate, recycled polyurethane and recycled polyester and the variant above has a heel cap partially made from apple fibres. ACBC Kids is their commitment to educating kids at schools on the subject of sustainability. The Evergreen with is jute fibre laces is 100% vegan and truly the closest you can get to a 'sustainable' sneaker. SHOP


SAYE Modelo 89 Vegan Hi Sneakers:

SAYE Modelo 89 Vegan Hi Sneaker in white and black

SAYE is a brand that places sustainability at the forefront of its ethos. The Modelo 89 Vegan Hi Sneakers epitomise their dedication to creating eco-friendly footwear. These sneakers are crafted from a bio-based vegan corn leather, bamboo lining, and a touch of vegan suede on the tip. SAYE plant 2 trees for every purchase via the NGO WeForest. The Modelo 89 Vegan Hi Sneakers are not only stylish but also a testament to SAYE's commitment to a greener future. SHOP



Eco-sustainable sneakers are no longer a niche market; they have become a symbol of fashion-forward individuals who prioritise the environment. Ateliers Verts presents this selection of the top ten eco-sustainable sneakers that combine style, comfort, and environmental consciousness. By choosing these sneakers, you not only express your personal style but also contribute to a greener future, step by step. Let's walk confidently into a sustainable world!

*ref: Circular Online Magazine September 2022

(Header Image: courtesy of Adidas


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