January 4, 2024

Top Eco Friendly Running Shoes For 2024

With 2024 here and the running season kicking off, we have noticed an increasing trend in consumers looking for eco friendly running shoes.

This is in line with a very noticeable trend over the past few years where we as consumers are looking towards making a more environmentally friendly decisions in our purchases and thus reducing our carbon footprint.

So because of that, we have picked out the Top 8 eco friendly running shoes for 2024. At Intersport Elverys, we categorise these products as IMPACT Choice. 

Nowadays, more and more athletes and runners are shifting their focus beyond performance, striving to make a smaller IMPACT on socity while doing it.

The below eco friendly running shoes will tick both those boxes.

The Benefits of Eco Friendly Running Shoes 2024

Running shoes, just like any other product, have an impact on the environment. Nevertheless, the narrative is being transformed by the emergence of eco-friendly running shoes.

The Environmental Impact

From the extraction of raw materials to production, and finally disposal, the lifecycle of a typical running shoe can have a significant toll on the environment.

When it comes to running shoes, the sustainable options really stand out. These shoes are made with recycled materials, produced using environmentally-friendly methods, and manufactured with ethical labour practises.

As a result, they have a much smaller impact. By selecting these options, you are not only helping the environment, but also endorsing a conscientious approach to business.

Performance Meets Sustainability

It’s a common misconception that sustainability means sacrificing durability or effectiveness. But that statement is inaccurate.

Modern running shoes that prioritise sustainability offer the perfect blend of style and environmental consciousness. These products are crafted to deliver exceptional performance while staying true to their commitment to the environment.

It’s impressive to see how brands have made significant investments in research and development to ensure that sustainable materials offer the same, if not better, levels of comfort, support, and durability compared to their traditional counterparts.

Ireland Embraces Sustainable Runners

Ireland has long been associated for its breath-taking landscapes, unspoiled coasts, and a deep appreciation for the natural world, something every Irish person is proud of and wants to protect.

And that deep-rooted culture is now seeping down to their clothing and footwear.

Intersport Elverys are at the forefront of making eco-friendly sports gear more accessible, showing that sustainability is not just a passing fad, but a vision for the future.

Recent surveys and market research have shown that a growing number of Irish shoppers, particularly those in the 25-44 age group, are increasingly prioritising the environmental impact of their athletic footwear purchases.

Top 8 Eco Friendly Running Shoes 2024

1 Brooks Ghost 15

€150

Brooks have established themselves as one of the very top running shoe brands in the whole world and their newest version of the popular Ghost model is their best yet.

It is the best no-frills running shoe on the market, with a really smooth and reliable performance for long and short runs.

The upper part of the shoe is made from 57% recycled materials and 6.58 plastic bottles were diverted from landfill to make this runner.

It’s also a certified carbon neutral product, built for road running, walking or just wearing everyday because of the smooth and floaty feel it will give you underfoot, along with increased breathability in the upper.

Check out the variation of colours Brooks Ghost 15 or in the link below.

eco friendly running shoes

2 Hoka Clifton 9 GTX

€170

The Hoka Clifton 9 GTX is built for running in all weather and carries a really low impact on the environment due to material it is made with.

Hoka’s classic Clifton 9 running shoe has been flying off our shelves all this year, but this upgraded version with GORE-TEX invisible fit and winter-ready traction pads to keep you stuck to the ground and seen, thanks to the 360 reflective.

So if you’re after a rugged, slick and powerful everyday walker, shoe for hiking, trail running or just running itself, this is for you.

Hoka’s first every weather-ready shoe is brimming with the environment in mind too:

  • GORE-TEX Invisible Fit with 70% recycled polyester face fabric
  • 30% Recycled polyester upper mesh and collar
  • 100% Recycled polyester top tongue mesh
  • 92% Recycled polyester bottom tongue mesh
  • Laces with 70% recycled nylon and 30% recycled polyester
  • 87% Recycled polyester strobel board

You can get yours HERE or by clicking the link below.

eco friendly running shoes

3 Nike Structure 25

€130

No top sustainability runners gifts guide is complete without the latest from the industry leader, Nike.

Featuring a perfect balance of stability and cushioning, the Structure 25 is designed to provide support and comfort during your long miles, short training runs, and even those last-minute down-and-backs before the day comes to a close.

Seeking stability? Look no further! This shoe is the epitome of reliability, with a tried and tested design that will keep you supported from the first tie-up.

Plus, it now offers even more comfortable cushioning for an enhanced experience at a really good price!!

The Structure 25 has been thoughtfully crafted using recycled materials sourced from post-consumer and/or post-manufactured waste and has over 20% of recycled content by weight.

One of the most crucial aspects of Nike’s mission towards achieving zero carbon and zero waste is carefully selecting their materials, as they have a significant impact on a product’s overall environmental footprint, accounting for over 70% of it.

Check out the Nike Structure 25 HERE or below.

eco friendly running shoes

4 ASICS GEL-Kayano 30

€200

ASICS are a premium running shoe that tick all the boxes in terms of comfort and performance, as well as being sustainable now too!

The GEL-Kayano 30 is crafted to enhance your running experience, allowing you to go the extra mile. With its impressive adaptive stability and unparalleled comfort, you’ll find yourself longing for the road to stretch on endlessly.

The shoe’s 4D GUIDANCE SYSTEM™ technology is an innovative stability system that enhances your stride during your run, without sacrificing comfort.

The shoe’s foam is derived from sustainable sources, while the mesh upper is crafted entirely from recycled polyester.

In addition, ASICS have made efforts to reduce water usage and carbon emissions during the production of the shoe’s sockliner.

Choosing products that are not only good for your health but also have a positive impact on the environment is a win-win situation.

In their design and material selection stages, ASICS have also made sure to avoid using any materials of animal origin, including yarns, glues, or other adhesives applied in the product.

Check out the GEL-Kayano 30 HERE or below.

5 ON CloudMonster

€180

Have you tried running on clouds? If you haven’t, then you have to try the ON CloudMonster running shoe.

A monster of a sensation meets big performance.

Light, durable and temperature resistant. A bold rocker shape and easy step-in make running pretty much irresistible. The soft sock liner and upper turn recycled materials into next-gen comfort so you’re ready to run wild.

Or should that be weird?

Stand out from the crowd in looks, performance and check out the sustainable make-up below:

  • Total recycled content: about 35%
  •  Polyester: about 80% recycled
  • Vamp, Heel, Tongue – 100% recycled polyester
  • Vamp, collar lining – 100 % recycled polyester
  • Lace – 100% recycled polyester
  • No sew – 30% recycled TPU
  •  Sockliner – 100% recycled PU

Check out these AMAZING shoes HERE or below.

6 Nike Metcon 9

€140

If running isn’t your thing, but the gym is, then look absolutely no further than the Nike Metcon 9.

Made from over 20% recycled materials, Nike have made enhancements from the Metcon 8 by incorporating a larger Hyperlift plate and including a rubber rope wrap.

Designed for individuals who are passionate about fitness and achieving their goals, this product is highly recommended by top athletes worldwide. It consistently provides exceptional results and remains the benchmark for excellence.

The lace lock system attaches to the shoe tongue, so you don’t have to worry about latching it to any fabric. It helps keep your laces in place, so once you tie up, you can focus solely on your workout.

Check them out HERE or below.

7 Brooks Glycerin

€180

What’s the best thing your feet can feel while running? Nothing.

And that’s exactly how the incredible Brooks Glycerin 20 neutral cushioned running shoes feel like with thanks to new, supremely soft DNA LOFT v3 cushioning, an updated, improved fit and silky smooth transitions.

The Glycerin 20 contains 32.4% recycled materials in the upper of the shoe and it has diverted 4.66 plastic bottles from landfills during production.

It’s the ultimate running shoe for comfort, so it will also act as a brilliant everyday running shoe for those with busy lives.

They are also extremely durable, with customers telling us they have lasted well over one year with running at least 6 times a week.

Check them out HERE or below for alternative colours.

8 ASICS GEL-Nimbus 25

€200

The GEL-NIMBUS™ 25 running shoe is thoughtfully crafted to enhance your running experience and help you find your moment of tranquilly.

With its exceptional cushioning, you can effortlessly extend your runs and experience unparalleled comfort. And it’s been thoroughly tested and approved by avid runners.

Interestingly, this particular running shoe was actually voted as the most comfortable option by runners during an independent test conducted at a biomechanics lab in South Australia!

The OrthoLite X-55 sock liner is a fantastic addition to any shoe. It not only provides exceptional comfort and support, but it also has impressive sustainability features.

This sock liner is made from eco-friendly materials, reducing its environmental impact.

It’s worth noting that a significant portion, specifically 75%, of its primary upper is made from recycled materials. In addition, ASICS have made efforts to reduce water usage and carbon emissions during the production of the shoe’s sock liner.

Check it out HERE or below.

9 Nike React InfinityRN Flyknit

€136-190

Featuring advanced cushioning designed to enhance your running experience, the Nike InfinityRN 4 introduces a fresh perspective to a beloved classic.

Their latest shoe features the innovative Nike ReactX foam, delivering an impressive 13% increase in energy return compared to our previous Nike React foam.

This enhanced technology ensures a refreshing and responsive experience for your runs. (What else is there to consider?

The Nike ReactX significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the midsole, making it a sustainable choice that supports the environment as well.

Whether you’re hitting the pavement or exploring new trails, these shoes offer a secure fit and excellent breathability.

If you’re looking to enhance your running experience, responsive shoes can provide you with an extra boost of energy, allowing you to run faster and more efficiently. With ReactX foam, you’ll experience a remarkable 13% increase in energy return compared to React foam, ensuring a rejuvenating and lively run.

And, crucially, over 20% of the weight of the shoe is made by recycled materials.

Check them out HERE or below.

 

 

We hope you will find some runner for your sustainability gifts this Christmas 2023 in this list.

For clothing and other items, check out our other Sustainability Gift Guide. 

Caring for Your Eco-Friendly Running Shoes

Being mindful of the sustainable movement goes beyond simply purchasing environmentally-friendly shoes; it also involves properly maintaining them to promote durability and reduce our ecological footprint.

Cleaning Tips

Opting for eco-friendly cleaning methods and conserving water not only benefits the environment, but also helps prolong the lifespan of your shoes.

Consider using biodegradable cleaning agents and spot-cleaning methods. Discover the incredible power of a simple mixture of baking soda and water to tackle even the toughest stains.

It’s important to keep in mind that air-drying your shoes away from direct sunlight is the optimal choice for preserving their integrity.

Recycling & Disposal

Over time, even the most durable running shoes will reach the end of their lifespan.

However, it is important to find alternative solutions rather than simply disposing of them in a landfill.

It’s great to see that many brands are now offering recycling programmes for shoes, allowing them to be repurposed or broken down in environmentally-friendly ways.

Before discarding your shoes, it’s always worth checking if there’s a collection point nearby or considering donating them if they’re still in good condition.

Tips for Shopping for Eco Friendly Running Shoes

In a market saturated with eco-friendly claims, it’s crucial to distinguish authentic sustainable practises from mere marketing strategies.

Equip yourself with knowledge and make well-informed choices every time you go shopping.

Read more on Impact Choice here and what criteria products have to meet before we tag them with the Impact label.

Verifying Certifications

Authentic sustainable products are typically accompanied by certifications that confirm their eco-friendliness.

When shopping, keep an eye out for labels that indicate ethical practises, such as “Fair Trade,” “Organic,” or certifications from industry organisations that promote sustainability. It’s important to consider the impact of your purchases on the environment and choose brands that are committed to sustainability.

By doing so, you can make a positive difference and support companies that prioritise environmental causes.

Get to know the different types of materials that are commonly used in shoe manufacturing, with a focus on sustainability.

Organic cotton, recycled PET, Tencel, and natural rubber are just a few of the sustainable materials that come to mind. Items crafted from these materials typically have a reduced ecological footprint when compared to their less eco-friendly alternatives.

Conclusion

Intersport Elverys is hugely committed to building a better future, so check out our full Sustainability Strategy. 

If you’re just starting out on your running journey, don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Running For Beginners. 

Follow the link below to see our full Impact list of Running Shoes.