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6 Eco-Friendly “Barefoot” Running Shoes That Support a Natural Gait

by , 06/30/11   filed under: Eco-Friendly Shoes, Featured, Features

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GREEN AND BARE

1. Vibram FiveFingers SmartWool

2. Evo by Vivobarefoot

3. Kigo Edge

4. Sir Isaac by Newton

5. Columbia Amphibian by Sockwa

6. Bare-Grip by Inov-8

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2 Responses to “6 Eco-Friendly “Barefoot” Running Shoes That Support a Natural Gait”

  1. no2vivo says:

    DO NOT BUY THE EVO BY VIVOBAREFOOT!!! I bought them, they ripped within a week and when I e-mailed the company mentioning this, they never even responded! Crooks! I spent good money on those shoes–I will never deal with that company again.

  2. jezthomas says:

    It’s great to see this site zoning on green shoes, and using recycled materials is a great way for a shoe company to begin being greener. There are many more important criteria to choosing the greenest she, including the distance the shoe travels from it’s place of manufacture, to where it is stored prior to sale, to the distance to the customer, the mode of that transport (‘planes are bad!), and also the mileage of the materials, including the paradoxical trip from source of recyclable material to place of recycling and back again (I found a pair of ‘green’ shoes whoose sole materials are flown from the US to China for recycling, then flown back! Also, other aspects to think about are the operational aspects of the company itself as this has probably the greatest potential to improve greenness. For example, Inov8 shoes (a great shoe and fairly green company) did a green audit and found that the best way to improve their greenness was to crack down on staff flights. Other indirect areas are green, reduced packaging, low-impact production and transport mechanisms, and energy use in factories. Not easy getting this info, but you may be surprised if you just email companies and ask them; Inov8 were very friendly and forthcoming towards me :-)

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