This Adidas Sneaker Made From Recycled Ocean Waste Is Going On Sale This Month

Last year, Adidas unveiled a concept sneaker made from 3D-printed recycled ocean waste. Now, it’s going on sale, with some 7,000 pairs to be made available in Adidas stores and from the company’s website in mid-November. Each pair will cost $220.

The sneakers are made in collaboration with Parley for the Oceans, an environmental group that wants to draw attention to pollution in the ocean. Each shoe’s upper (the part that goes over the top of the foot) is made from 5 percent recycled polyester and 95 percent waste plastic dredged from the ocean around the Maldives. Each pair of shoes contains 11 plastic bottles, and most of the rest of the sneaker (including the heel, lining, and laces) is also made from recycled material.

Although the original concept sneakers were 3D-printed, this part of the process seems to have been dropped for mass production. The recycled waste is still being turned into usable yarn, but Adidas isn’t saying how exactly, mentioning only “new technologies” used to “up-cycle marine plastic debris.” The name of the shoe is the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley: a reference to both the design’s environmental backers and the popular UltraBOOST range of light-weight running shoes.

The shoes are only being made available in limited quantities, but Adidas says it plans to make many more. “We will make one million pairs of shoes using Parley Ocean Plastic in 2017 – and our ultimate ambition is to eliminate virgin plastic from our supply chain,” said Adidas exec Eric Liedtke in a press statement. As well as the Parley sneakers, the company is also making limited edition soccer kits for Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, also made using recycled ocean waste.

Cyrill Gutsch, the founder of Parley for the Oceans, added: “Nobody can save the oceans alone. Each of us can play a role in the solution. It’s in the hands of the creative industries to reinvent faulty materials, products, and business models. The consumer can boost the demand for change.”

To find out exactly where the shoes will be available and when, you can sign up for more information from adidas.co.uk/parley.

Converse Releases Limited Edition “Election Day” Chuck Taylor All Star 1970s

Converse has reimagined the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 1970s with the American election in mind. The hi-top uses the American flag peace sign, popular in the 1970s and tying in with the theme of the range, as a repeated pattern that’s been embroidered rather than printed onto the white suede upper. The shoe is priced approximately $116 USD and will be released on October 31 at select retailers.

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Converse Brings the 1920s All Star Into 2016

Hiroshi Fujiwara, Tinker Hatfield, and Mark Parker are at it again with a new HTM release and this time they’ve grabbed a pair of Converse’s latest model: the All Star Modern. Based on 1920s All Star, the new version gets a modern upgrade complete with Nike Hyperfuse, a full-length Phylon outsole, a TPU-fused overlaid toecap, and a neoprene split tongue. This all combines to create a lightweight sneaker in a minimalist interpretation of the All Star silhouette. The HTM version we’re highlighting here will feature goat leather uppers and is the first shoe from HTM to not wear a Swoosh. The shoe will be available at NikeLab online and NikeLab retail stores on June 9th.

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$180, nikelab.com

Nike Releases Its Free-Inspired F1 Premiere Golf Shoe

Golf isn’t a sport known for its cutting-edge footwear, but Nike has been raising the bar recently with new, progressive silhouettes for the fairway. The latest among them is the F1 Premiere Golf Shoe, which eschews traditional design elements for running shoe-inspired technology and a more modern profile. Among its notable features are a Nike Free-inspired midsole for a natural ride, hybrid outsole that combines Integrated Traction with green-friendly spikes, waterproof Flyweave upper and an asymmetrical response collar that enhances support, fit and feel. The result is a golf shoe that’s lighter and more functional than ever before, and available now in two versatile, volt-accented colorways.