While some brands are in the collective arms race to create newer, fancier gear and gadgets, others have their heads down, forging ahead to make their hallmark pieces more sustainable and earth-friendly. Today we’re highlighting Lane Eight, who just launched a new version of their popular cross training shoe, the Trainer AD 1.
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New sustainable Lane Eight Trainer AD 1Courtesy Image
This collection introduces three new colorways—cloud white, electric neon, and lunar grey—andincorporates sustainable and recycled materials. That means they nixed the natural suede paneling on previous iterations, opting instead for microfiber. It still provides resistance against scuffs and abrasions with the upside of being lighter and vegan-friendly.
Lane Eight took a creative reuse approach for the upper by upcycling plastic water bottles (11 bottles per shoe) into polyester yarn. It maintains its soft yet supportive sock-like fit, locking your feet in enough for quick lateral movements during HIIT workouts while lending plenty of breathability.
What’s more, they have a new BLOOM midsole sourced from harmful algae blooms that threaten the well-being of marine ecosystems. It’s still plush as ever for all-day comfort on your feet. For every pair of sneakers produced, 31.5 liters of fresh water is returned to the environment and 64 cubic meters of carbon is removed from the atmosphere, according to Lane Eight.