The best way to find Adidas vegan sneakers is by looking for Primeblue and Primegreen labeled products. This means they are made with recycled materials and polyester, leather alternatives, and vegan materials.
Adidas has a commitment to only use recycled polyester by 2024 and not include animal-derived content in its product ranges.
Adidas Vegan Animal-free Alternatives
Adidas has been expanding its offering of vegan shoes with the use of recycled polyester and leather alternative materials. Working with partners to develop vegan plant-based leather, recycled cotton, and plastic as well as climate-friendly footwear.
Biological leather alternatives are being developed from mycelium, to be used in footwear. In 2021, Adidas banned the use of fur and does not use it for any products.
Adidas uses PU-coated leather and polyester (100% PU is considered vegan) on Adidas Stan Smith, Continental 80, Superstar, and various iconic sneakers.
Unisex Adidas Vegan Sneakers
The Stan Smith sneaker offers a sporty, smart casual look. The simplistic stitched panel with a cushioned collar gives a soft feeling to your ankles. The Stan Smith is the true meaning of an iconic throwback sneaker that never ages and can be paired with anything shorts or smart pants. Did we mention they are made from vegan-friendly pleather (recycled materials).
The updated Superstars are vegan and don’t use animal products. The Adidas superstar commonly known as the shelltoe was first created as a basketball sneaker in the early 1970s. Featuring a rubber shell toe, bold three stripes, and PU-coated recycled polyester (vegan) upper with a modern twist.
Continental 80 Stripes
The Continental 80 Stripes is a copy-and-paste version of the Adidas Continental 80 with three bold 3-stripes on the side wall. A constant theme with Adidas 80 stripes is the smooth upper vegan alternative leather with crips stitching.
The Adidas NY 90 can be worn for all occasions work dinner, party, or casual stroll. A suit paired with this vegan sneaker wouldn’t look out of place at all. A true 90s classic featuring 50% recycled material on the upper, trim stitching, and cool panel windows showcasing the three trefoil leaves.
Stella Mccartney Solarglide
Bold in their appearance with a bio-based EVA rubber cage that protects the foot and keeps it locked in. Designed to be worn as running or casual shoes that can go with any outfit. The lightweight Primeknit upper is made with 25% recycled vegan materials and snuggles your feet for those long runs and days. Boost midsole offers a crazy amount of energy return throughout the day, you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds.
Men Adidas Vegan Sneakers
Nova Court Lifestyle
Intended to bring a classic tennis-inspired style mixed with recycled and vegan materials. The Adidas Nova Court Lifestyle Vegan boasts pierced 3-stripes that add a classic tennis style.
Sustainably sourced smooth synthetic leather upper, rubber outsole, cushioned collar, and lace closure that hugs your foot.
Super soft upper made in part with recycled polyester the 80s styling with paneled overlays is sure to turn heads. Constructed of PU-coated recycled polyester upper, cupsole is made with 90% natural rubber, 10% waste rubber, and primegreen materials including glue which are free from animal ingredients.
The Continental 80 vegan features an algae-based EVA foam midsole, Adidas claims it “helps clean at least 30 liters of polluted lake water.”
Nizza Hi RF
The Adidas Nizza Hi RF is a classic 70s-inspired high top you can rock with anything. Durable vulcanised midsole and toe-box hold-up all year round. The upper sits on two pieces of recycled synthetic textile, with a stitched three-stripe branding hidden into the design. Do your bit to save the planet with this high-cut trainer made from recycled vegan materials.
Women Adidas Vegan Sneakers
Designed for any outfit, any time, and any place. Not as bulky as other Adidas vegan sneakers. The Stella McCartney Treino low-cut training shoes are contemporary and minimalistic. The rubbery outsole allows for extra support, combined with the TPU heel and boost midsole, that provides all-day comfort. All material on this shoe is environmentally friendly and vegan.
Adidas By Stella Mccartney Treino Mid
Designed to be versatile and super lightweight compared to other mid-cut Adidas vegan sneakers. The Stella McCartney Treino mid-cut training shoes are contemporary and minimalistic. The encased boost midsole provides silent comfort. Recycled primegreen polyester upper certifies no animal products are used. Translucent TPU sidewall and heel provide needed stability for any type of exercise.
Imagine what it’s like to walk in plant-based vegan shoes. The Adidas forum low vegan feels exactly like that. Loads of comfort in the rubber outsole are sourced from vegan alternatives made from 25% recycled material. Recycled upper floats on your foot.
Ever wonder what it’ll be like to wear a pair of trainers that match anything you wear? Well, wonder no more… made from vegan alternative recycled lightweight leather material with perforated three stripes – for ventilation. Take your style to the next level with a clean, classic, and sporty look.
The Adidas ZX 9020 mingles retro athletic running vibes with modern recycled ingredients to make you feel and look as fly as ever. Midsole rubber merged with the TPU heel cage and Torsion bar adds essential support. Retro running low profile look ensures every stride you take feels like a marathon run. The multi-layer synthetic suede upper is made from 25% recycled materials.
The ZX 8020 sneakers take inspiration from the 80s running ZX line sneakers. The multi-layer synthetic suede upper is made from 25% recycled materials – blended with an EVA midsole with a torsion bar. Vegan alternative mesh, textile, and suede with vibrant aqua colours provide a lightweight casual sneaker with the signature ZX heel cage.
The Adidas Campus Kolam blends retro skate icon vibes with a modern contemporary twist. Clean vegan alternative upper and lining look just like traditional leather you can’t tell the difference. The upper features a single panel double stitched, finished in a bold multip colour three stripe finish.
Kolam is a Sri Lankan restaurant known for its cultural fusion and has ties to the fashion industry.
Stella Mccartney Ultraboost 21
Based on the popular ultraboost platform the Stella Mccartney Ultraboost 21 is made with Primegreen material. No virgin polyester is used to construct the upper. Featuring a bouncy durable boost midsole adds essential cushioning for everyday wear. Layered mesh and textile upper made with recycled materials rise to the mid-ankle to provide needed support.
Adidas By Stella Mccartney Clogs
All vegan materials used to make these clogs contain 25% recycled content. Anytime, anyplace slip the clogs on for casual brunch with friends or running errands. Platform sole provides essential height to make you feel like you’re on top of the world. Easy-on, easy-off is the name of the game you can literally throw these vegan Adidas clogs on with any outfit.
The midsole is made of bio-based EVA made with 25% plant-based content derived from sugarcane.
What is Adidas Primegreen?
Adidas primegreen is a combination of high-performance recycled materials. Products made with primegreen use a minimum of 40-50% of recycled content.
What is Adidas Primeblue?
Adidas primeblue is a high-performance recycled material made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic. The plastic waste is collected from oceans, beaches, coastal towns, and shorelines. This prevents it from polluting the environment. Footwear and apparel made with primeblue use a minimum of 40-50% recycled plastic and material waste.
The Adidas and Parley partnership began in April 2015. Environmental organization Parley for the Oceans and Adidas have worked on various products under the Primeblue branding. “In 2021, it mass-produced 17 million pairs of shoes with recycled plastic waste. In 2020, the Parley partnership produced more than 15 million pairs.” (Adidas Sustainability Report)
According to Adidas, “in 2020 the german brand and Parley collected almost 7,000 tonnes of plastic waste – which is roughly 350 million plastic bottles.”
Adidas Recycled Material Products
The Ultraboost DNA Loop is a vegan sneaker made with a single piece of recycled material without using glue.
Adidas Vegan Sneakers Sustainable Materials
- Recycled Polyester
- Sustainable Cotton – Since 2021, more than 60 percent of sustainable cotton has been used for all products.
- Recycled Nylon
- Algaebased EVA
- Tencel Polyurethane (PU)
- Recycled Thermoplastic Polyurethane (RTP)
- Infinna Textile Fiber (Cellulose Carbamate Fiber) – Cotton-like material Adidas is working with Infinite Fiber to develop.
Natural/Synthetic Material Adidas Uses:
- Sustainable Cotton
- Virgin Polyester – Will be eliminated by 2024.
- Polyamide Fabric/Nylon
- Interlock Fabric
- Polyacrylic Fabric
Adidas Vegan FAQ
Is Primegreen cotton?
Yes, primegreen contains sustainably sourced cotton and recycled polyester. Since 2018, Adidas has only used exclusively sustainable cotton by partnering with Better Cotton Initiative.
What is the difference between Primeblue and Primegreen?
Primegreen is an innovative material blend that features a minimum of 50% recycled leather, polyester, cotton, EVA, rubber, and other material. Primeblue is a fabric that in part contains recycled Parley Ocean Plastic waste. The aim of both labels is to reduce waste and protect the use of new resources.
Is Primegreen leather?
Adidas Primegreen is the reuse and recycling of leather material waste from footwear and apparel supply chains. It contains a minimum of 40-50% of recycled content and has a lower carbon footprint than traditional leather.
Does Adidas Primegreen shrink?
Adidas Primegreen fabric used for Adidas clothing and footwear does not shrink if cared for in the right way. Do not dry clean, tumble dry, or use fabric softener. Machine wash clothes on a cold cycle.
How is Primegreen made?
Primegreen is made by breaking down recycled polyester, synthetic fibers, and other materials into flakes. The flakes are turned into small pellet balls which are then spun into a thread fabric used for sneakers and apparel.
Is Adidas vegan and cruelty-free?
Yes, Adidas offers leather and animal alternative recycled material vegan products such as the Stan Smith sneakers. They are animal cruelty-free as they have completely banned the use of fur for all products.
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