Adidas’s wild new shoe is string art for your feet

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Yes, robots are involved. Every year, Adidas introduces an experimental new shoe technology dubbed “Futurecraft.” These aren’t just bouncier foams or sneakers loaded with fitness tracking inside. They fundamentally reimagine how performance footwear is made—from creating shoes from ocean plastic , to 3D-printing midsoles , to building “Loop” shoes that can be ground up, melted, and made into brand-new shoes when you’re done wearing them. Read Full Story

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These running shoes are designed to be 100% recycled

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Salomon is debuting a fully circular shoe, the Index.01. When a new running shoe from the French company Salomon wears out, every single part of it can be reused: The shoe’s upper, itself made from recycled polyester, can be recycled again into new thread for fabric. The foam sole can be ground up and used in the brand’s ski boots. Nothing goes to landfill. Read Full Story

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You can only get Swiss running brand On’s new recyclable shoes via subscription

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The subscription model is a way to ensure your old pair of Cyclons goes back to the company, so that the recycling loop actually works. The Swiss running brand On will become the latest athletic company to meet the challenges of sustainable footwear—but with a notable difference: The Cyclon, its new, fully recyclable shoes, made primarily from castor beans, will be available solely via a monthly subscription. Read Full Story

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This new running shoe is made entirely from plants

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Many shoes are starting to incorporate recycled plastic. But why use any fossil fuels at all when you can use all-natural ingredients? Shoes made with recycled plastic bottles instead of fossil fuel-based polyester are becoming more common . But a Dutch startup making running shoes argues that it’s better to start with plants. Read Full Story

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Editor’s pick: Allbirds’ new running shoes are sustainable, fashionable, and unbelievably comfortable

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Meet the Tree Dasher, Allbirds’ first foray into technical running shoes made with natural fibers. Allbirds is a brand that keeps on giving . In the past month, the sustainable footwear company donated $500,000 worth of shoes (about 5,000 pairs) to healthcare workers before rolling out a “buy-one-give-one” donation model that allows folks to purchase and donate shoes for those on the front lines of the pandemic. And now, the company is making its first foray into performance footwear and launching an all-new running shoe —so we can enjoy some fresh air with sustainable, comfy, and cool-looking trainers on our feet. And there’s a give-back component to the new shoe launch as well. Read Full Story

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The best slippers, slides, and shoes for lounging around the house

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The comfiest, coziest, most practical footwear for inside your house—and maybe occasionally outside too. We’re more than a month into the new norm of working from our kitchen tables and couches, trading button-downs for what basically count as daytime pajamas , and living in joggers and leggings . And there is one essential piece of quarantine uniform that is crucial for keeping feet warm and comfy whether you’re on the couch or taking a spin around the block: house shoes. House shoes are more than your average slipper. They’re comfy but never sloppy. And despite their name, house shoes can handle a quick trip to the backyard or a walk around the block. If you aren’t wearing house shoes yet—or you aren’t totally in love with the pair you have on right now (assuming—probably correctly—that you are at home)—we’ve got some suggestions for you. Read Full Story

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Outdoor Voices x Merrell hiking boots are a shoe collab we can get behind

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The new Moab 2 hiking boot combines Merrell’s outdoor adventure prowess with the style of Outdoor Voices. It’s the year 2020, and shoe collabs abound, from Crocs x Bad Bunny to Cole Haan’s colorful Slack-themed sneakers for people who really love enterprise software. Among this landscape of wild (and somewhat random) brand crossovers, there’s one shoe collab that we’re actually looking forward to: the Merrell + Outdoor Voices Moab 2 Mid Eco . Read Full Story

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The world’s most innovative companies in design: 2020

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Nike, Starbucks, and the Weather Channel earned spots on this year’s list. The design companies that caught our eye this year showed a willingness to grapple with some of the most complex problems of our time, from waste to cryptocurrency. Others made the list for simple, but indispensable, design solutions, including ergonomic keyboards, lightning-fast running shoes, and phone booths that make noisy open offices just a little more tolerable. Read Full Story

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