Have you ever stopped to think about the impact your sneaker obsession might be having on the environment? It's estimated that over 24 billion pairs of shoes are produced every year, with sneakers accounting for the majority. Combine that figure with the fact that a typical pair of running shoes generates approximately 13.6 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions and it's safe to say we've got a problem on our hands.

It's not all bad though. With a growing demand for sustainable trainers, an increasing number of brands are responding, harnessing innovative design and manufacturing processes to create ethical sneakers that don't skimp on style. From vegan trainers made from recycled materials to consciously-made leather sneakers: scroll on to discover some of the eco-friendly styles on our radar right now.

Best sustainable trainers for men

CLAE Bradley Vegan Sneakers

These innovative sneakers from LA-based footwear label CLAE are made from 100% vegan materials, with a hemp heel accent and recycled nylon laces. Their sleek, minimalist silhouette makes them a versatile go-to for everyday wear. Choose from a range of easy-to-wear colourways.

SAYE Black Modelo '89 Sneakers

SAYE has garnered a cult following thanks to its retro-inspired trainers that are as stylish as they are sustainable. Every pair is lovingly made in Portugal using recycled and organic materials, with each sale resulting in two trees being planted in a reforestation project. It's a win for your wardrobe and a win for the planet.

Uniform Standard Triple Carbon Suede Series 4 Sneakers

Uniform Standard's commitment to social and environmental responsibility is inherent within its design philosophy. Its perfectly pared back Series 4 sneakers make use of recycled materials such as rubber, cork and rice husk shells, as well as recycled high density polyurethane foam.

ETQ Amsterdam Court LT 01 Vegea Sneakers

ETQ Amsterdam's first foray into vegan sneakers is a clear success. Made from a plant-based leather alternative by Italian eco-innovator Vegea, it looks and feels just like real calf-leather, but without the detrimental environmental footprint.

Comovita Vegan Court Sneaker

Comovita's Spanish-made sneakers are crafted in accordance with strict sustainability standards from waterproof vegan leather, with recycled rubber soles and recycled cotton laces. A made-to-order model ensures zero waste.

Veja SDU Rec Alveomesh Sneakers

Veja is one of the leading names in eco-friendly trainers. Its popular Marlin sneakers, which are made in Brazil from a combination of recycled polyester, sugar cane, rice waste and ricinus oil, demonstrate the exciting potential of utilising non-conventional materials.

Yatay Neven High Sneakers

Yatay's 100% vegan sneakers are made in Italy from eco-friendly materials like corn-leather. Not only are they sustainably crafted, but they're hard-wearing too, so they'll withstand whatever adventures you have in store.

Now that you've invested in a pair of sustainable trainers, how about making the rest of your wardrobe more sustainable?

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