Top 8 Best Recycled Shoes Brands for 2022

What could be easier in life than changing the shoe brands you wear so that they are kinder to the planet and our environment?

Recycled shoes aren’t pre-worn shoes. Let’s make that clear!

They are shoes made out of recycled materials, such as recycled plastic bottles or recycled polyester, that allow you to have a comfortable and attractive shoe that doesn’t keep burning through our natural resources in manufacturing.

You’d be surprised at how nice they can be too.

Our top picks for the best recycled shoes brands include a number of smaller brands at all different price points utilizing a range of different recycled materials.

One of the most popular materials used is PET, which is recycled plastic. Others involve quite a bit of recycled cork.

Sperry Bionic Recycled Shoes 

They’ve got a certain ocean theme going on over at Sperry’s and you may find that it’s not to your taste but we love these causal looks that would be perfect on the deck of an environmentally friendly yacht.

Every pair you buy removes 5 plastic bottles from potential landfill. This in turn, keeps carbon emissions and material waste down.

We like these sustainable sneakers and the recycled rubber soles are super comfortable. They result in stylish shoes that we’re proud to wear and to talk about the supply chain and how good it is with our friends.

You can find Sperry Bionic Recycled Shoes on the Sperry website. 

Cariuma

Cariuma uses a wide-range of products made from recycled materials including rubber, bamboo and cork on top of the PET plastic that most other companies use.

They also recycle their packaging which is a really good thing. The fashion industry really needs to work towards more of this sort of thing in the quest to be carbon neutral.

However, if you’re a vegan, we have to warn you that they also use leather (and sadly, not vegan leather, yet) in some of their products though not all of them.  

You can find Cariuma Shoes on the Cariuma website. 

Parley For The Oceans + Adidas Recycled Plastic Sneakers 

Parley for the Oceans is an arm of Parley TV and they want to keep plastic from ending up in the ocean and thus most of their products use large amounts of recycled ocean plastic.

So, they teamed up with Adidas to produce a range of recycled plastic sneakers using the sustainable materials that they create from those plastics.

Parley removes plastic from the oceans, they then make it into fibers and Adidas take the fibers made from recycled plastic to make the sustainable sneakers.

You can find the Parley For The Oceans + Adidas Recycled Plastic Sneakers online.

Indosole Recycled Tire Shoes 

Indosole is a sneaker brand that is concerned with the enormous mountains of used vehicle tires that are growing up around the world.

They recycle these tires to form the natural rubber for the soles of their vegan-friendly and super comfortable new shoes. They use eco friendly materials for the uppers too.

You can find Indosole Recycled Tire Shoes online

Saola Recycled And Vegan Shoes

They’re not the cheapest shoes on our list but they are among the most stylish.

They use recycled materials, algae and natural materials to create beautiful and comfortable shoes.

They are completely vegan and they say that each pair prevents at least 3 bottles from being dumped.

You can find Saolo Recycled And Vegan Shoes online.

MOVMT Recycled and Organic Cotton Shoes

Incorporating both recycled plastics and organic cotton (not recycled cotton, yet) the MOVMT shoes are the result of an unhappy surfer discovering stupid amounts of plastic waste in the ocean whenever he went surfing.

As you might expect from a surfer, the shoes are super casual and meant for chilling out on the beach in.

Reclaimed plastic becoming recycled PET is awesome, the use of recycled bottles really does make the world a better place.

They’re eco-friendly sneakers made with renewable materials that look amazing – we couldn’t wait to get rid of our old shoes to wear them (yes, they went for recycling too).

You can find MOVMT Recycled and Organic Cotton Shoes online.

Etnies Recycled Rubber And Plastic Shoes 

Etnies are for those who love to skate, and the thick rubber soles won’t let you down when you’re trying to put the breaks on your board. Of course, they’re very cool looking too, so don’t think that you have to own a skateboard in order to wear a pair of Etnies.

You can find Etnies Recycled Rubber And Plastic Shoes on Etnies’ website.

Rothy’s Recycled Plastic Bottle Shoes 

Rothy’s claim to fame is that they’ve already converted over 20 million plastic bottles into shoes.

You can’t argue with that and you probably shouldn’t argue with their investor, Meghan Markle, either.

Their sustainable shoes are gorgeous but they aren’t the cheapest options on the market, sadly.

You can find Rothy’s Recycled Plastic Bottle Shoes at the Rothy’s website.

Last Word on Recyled Shoes

Changing over to eco friendly shoes doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your fashion taste, and nor does it mean that you have to spend a fortune. This new and exciting approach to shoe manufacturing has something for everyone.  

Of course, you might want to look at repairable shoes so that you can ensure that the shoes you do buy last longer because there’s nothing better for the planet than cutting down on waste.

And when you’re finished with your shoes put them in a local shoe recycling program, don’t throw them out. Or check out our article on repairable shoes and give them a new lease of life.

Alternatively, if recycled shoes aren’t your bag, then you might want to check out our picks for the best vegan shoes which offers other sustainable footwear options.

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