Nike envisions a sustainable future and for years now it has been putting environmentally-friendly initiatives into place, from moving towards being a renewable energy-using company to reducing its waste entirely. In its latest efforts to strive for a better future, the sportswear giant is releasing five shoe styles comprising nine options in total that are each made using at least 20 percent recycled content.
In the collection, you’ll find two Air Max 95s, two Air Max 90s, two pairs of the Blazer Mid ’77 Vintage, an Air Zoom Type, and two Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 sneakers. Throughout, the sneakers feature components such as Nike Grind outsoles and recycled synthetic leather to push these shoes into a sustainable field.
The Air Max 95 is served in “White/Bright Crimson/Photon Dust” or “Black/Smoke Grey/Light Bone/Electric Green,” with both sporting a speckled outsole that comes as a result of using Nike Grind materials. The mottled effect is emulated on the sneaker’s upper, which further accentuates the sustainable aspects of this shoe.
Likewise, the Air Max 90 duo (which are served in the same colorways as the AM95) feature and almost identical makeover. Recycled felt on the upper, Nike Grind rubber and a screen-printed Swoosh design add texture and definition to the shoe, all while maintaining its eco-friendly status.
The Blazer Mid also uses Nike Grind rubber for its outsole, but lacks the busy multicolored look and swaps it in favor of something more intricately speckled. The shoes are asymmetric too, with the lateral sporting a cut-out felt Swoosh and the medial coming in recycled synthetic leather alongside red or green stitched details.
Nike updates its Air Zoom Type’s futuristic aesthetic with more recycled materials on the upper and finishes it in “Black/Electric Green/Light Bone/Black,” which makes the shoe look as if it’s a bit rough and raw around the edges. Rounding out the collection are two AF1s, with one, in particular, standing out as its mid-to-rear section is completely raw-looking thanks to the use of exposed, recycled felt.
Take a look at the entire sustainable Nike footwear collection above, and expect pairs to drop later this month on Nike’s website.
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