Would You Wear A Pair Of Eco-Friendly Sneakers?
No, sneakerheads, the Air Jordan 11 “Concord” re-releases aren’t made out of recycled paper and soda cans. But at least one sneaker company is trying to make a difference by producing a sneaker that’s at least partly produced with Mother Earth in mind.
The new Puma Suede Classic Eco (available here now for about $115) takes a step in the right direction when it comes to eco-friendly sneakers. It’s got the classic design that is still one of Puma’s most popular designs after all these years, a more compact look than past models, and a handful of different monochrome colors for you to choose from. But it’s also a noteworthy addition to the Puma collection because the Suede Classic Eco features an OrthoLite sockliner as well as fat laces that are made entirely from recycled materials.
The addition of an eco-friendly version to Puma’s lineup of the Suede Classic sneakers shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s followed Puma in recent times. Just last year, the company introduced their “Clever Little Bag”—a new shoebox of sorts that cut the consumption of water, energy, and diesel by more than 60 percent during the shoebox-making process. It also reduced Puma’s carbon emissions by 10,000 tons a year and gave Puma buyers a reusable bag anytime they picked up a pair of Puma sneaks. Pretty cool stuff.
But, would you wear a pair of these Puma eco-friendly sneakers? Or, better yet, do you really care whether or not the sneakers on your feet are eco-friendly? We certainly think it’s a cool idea, but at this point, shouldn’t all sneaker companies be making more of an effort to “go green”? It’s 2011, people, and recycled products are everywhere at this point. We’re just saying…