Lately there have been a ton of attempts at building more sustainable shoes. While we applaud the sea change and new green consciousness, many of the ‘eco-friendly’ shoes on offer are clunky and not all that cool. That’s why I’m so stoked on these Lakai recycled skate shoes. The Lakai Coda Select Recycled are the offshoot of Lakai’s efforts to reduce waste in their factories.
Basically, they sweep up all the scraps (leather, suede, mesh) from their first-run skate shoes, mix it with leftover factory stock, and use it all to build more shoes. Then they slap on new soles made of half re-ground recycled rubber, half new gum rubber. These are legit skate shoes. Totally comfortable and cool, plus since no two pairs are exactly the same you can be green and original.
(US$50; UK£49.95; http://www.lakai.com)