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, though, they are shoes made out of recycled materials 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.
Best Recycled Shoes Brands
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.
You can find Sperry Bionic Recycled Shoes on the Sperry website.
Cariuma uses a wide-range of 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.
However, if you’re a vegan, we have to warn you that they also use leather 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.
So, they teamed up with Adidas to produce a range of recycled plastic sneakers.
Parley removes plastic from the oceans, they then make it into fibers and Adidas take the fibers to make the shoes.
You can find the Parley For The Oceans + Adidas Recycled Plastic Sneakers online.
Indosole Recycled Tire Shoes
Indosole is concerned with the enormous mountains of used vehicle tires that are growing up around the world.
They recycle these tires to form the rubber for the soles of their vegan-friendly and super comfortable shoes.
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 organic cotton 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 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.
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 recycled 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.
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.