Sustainability, as you may have noticed, is a big deal these days, with many manufacturers across the fitness industry embracing change for the greater good. This month Vivobarefoot, a brand that already has a strong ethos for sustainability, launch their vegan running shoe, the Primus Lite II Bio.
Using more than 30% renewable plant-based materials, the aptly green-coloured shoe is their biggest sustainability move to date. What are those materials? Well, the main ones are a Bio TPU made from yellow dent field corn and a special harvested algae called 'Bloom'.
It's not all about sustainability though, with development focusing heavily on the performance aspects as well. The new design uses multi-ply materials for optimum lightweight breathability and comfort – making the shoes weigh on average 10% less than your typical running shoe. They also have puncture resistant outsoles, a 3mm performance insole and are produced using animal-free products and processes. So they tick boxes for vegans and runners alike.
The Primus Lite II Bio is available now from Vivobarefoot priced at $160. Vivobarefoot's goal is to move towards 100% bio-based materials in a future version of the range. The design is only available in one shade at present though, so if green isn't your colour you won't be in luck.