Set to release on the 11th June is Nike’s exploratory sneaker collection ‘Space Hippie’. Having always had a foot in the door with all things sustainable Nike has set their selves the challenge of creating footwear made from waste. Everything from the packaging to the materials used was chosen with consideration to the impact on the environment. These sustainable sneakers hold the brands lowest carbon footprint score ever. The collection consists of four different designs called Space Hippie 01, 02, 03, and 04.
The idea behind the name ‘Space Hippie’ came from the original design inspiration, thinking about how astronauts have to live off limited materials in space. Nike’s chief designer said that ‘It’s changed the way we look at materials, it’s changed the way that we look at the aesthetics of our product, and it’s changed how we approach putting product together”.
The collection features 4 silhouettes with all of the shoes being predominantly built with sustainable materials. The trainers are part of Nike’s new Move to Zero initiative that is attempting to operate with net-zero carbon emissions. At least 85% of each shoe is constructed from a special Flyknit variation that Nike are calling ‘rPoly’. This knit material that makes up the uppers are made from 100% recycled content, including plastic bottles, t-shirts, yarn scraps and post-industrial waste. The crater foam midsoles use 12% Nike rubber combined with other Nike foam materials creating a lightweight and responsive feel. Due to all of the recycled material the sole has a speckled pattern that isn’t completely alien to other Nike footwear. The shoes insole is made from recycled ZoomX technology, for example they are taking leftover parts from performance running shoes such as the Vapor Fly NEXT% to add to the mix. Not only does this allow for high comfort but it’s also helping to save the planet.
All 4 pairs have futuristic look about them, they come in a grey, blue and orange colourway, with a grey, black and volt version of the 04. Both the Space Hippie 01 and 04 have a much lower silhouette and traditional laces. Whereas the 02 looks more sock-like as they are lace less. The 03 goes for the Flyease system which provides a flexible fit. Another thing to note is that the Space Hippie 04 is a women’s-exclusive and so it has quite a slim profile.
The sneakers will be priced between £114.95-£159.95. Don’t forget that the collection is limited edition so if you do want a pair of sustainable sneakers, then make sure you are ready on Thursday.
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