Best Sustainable Running Shoes 2023

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As runners, there are plenty of ways we can each do our part to leave our world a little better than we found it. In addition to knowing how to make your running shoes last longer and reducing your running footprint with these sustainability efforts, choosing more environmentally friendly running gear from ethical companies will help limit the waste left behind.

Today’s best running brands are developing new ways to use recycled materials and carbon-neutral manufacturing methods to create more eco-friendly running shoes and sustainable running clothes.

So when it’s time for you to get a new pair of trainers, whether you’re trail running or jogging around the block, recycle your old running shoes and buy a pair of earth-friendly running shoes.

Light on your feet and light on the planet, check out our guide to the best sustainable running shoes:

[This article is part of the Fleet Feet Buyer's Guide for The Best Running Shoes 2023. Find all the best running shoes from the top brands for all situations.]

ASICS GEL-Cumulus 24

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The GEL-Cumulus 24 stays true to ASICS’ sustainability initiatives with an eco-friendly design that uses recycled materials in the upper to reduce carbon emissions and waste.

Named after the fluffy white Cumulus clouds, this eco-friendly running shoe uses ASICS’ FF Blast foam to make it cushioned and comfortable for daily training, long runs and even uptempo paces.

Read more: ASICS Gel-Cumulus 24 Review

Brooks Ghost 14

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Not only is the Brooks Ghost 14 one of the best running shoes, but it is also Brooks’ first carbon-neutral product.

To create this sustainable running shoe, Brooks uses a combination of reduced manufacturing emissions, a minimum of 30% recycled materials in the upper and carbon offsets. But it’s not just better for the planet: The Ghost 14’s generous fit and smooth ride make it a go-to running shoe for everything from long walks to long runs.

Read more: Brooks Ghost 14 Review

Adidas Ultraboost 22

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A high-cushioned running shoe you can feel good about wearing, 50% of the yarn in the adidas Ultraboost 22’s upper is made from Parley Ocean Plastic, which is spun from plastic waste collected from coastal areas to prevent it from polluting our oceans. The other 50% of the yarn is made from recycled polyester.

Known for its bouncy Boost foam that gives you energy return with each stride, the Ultraboost is not only sustainably made but also one of the best adidas running shoes.

Read more: Adidas Ultraboost 22 Review

New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12

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Meeting New Balance’s green leaf standard, the 1080v12 gives you ultra-plush cushioning and eco-friendly sourcing. This lightweight shoe uses a soft Fresh Foam X midsole made with 3% bio-based content from renewable resources to help reduce waste. Plus, the engineered Hypoknit upper feels like a second skin and is made from at least 50% recycled materials to support your feet—and the environment.

High-cushioned, lightweight and versatile enough to run long or run fast, it’s no wonder this sustainably-made running shoe is one of the best running shoes of 2023.

Read more: New Balance Fresh Foam X 1080v12 Review

On Cloudmonster

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On Running is reducing their environmental footprint by focusing on using more sustainable materials and packaging. Using approximately 35% recycled content, the high-cushioned Cloudmonster lowers the impact on your joints and on our earth. The soft upper is made from recycled polyester and wraps around your foot to give you next-gen comfort, so you're ready to run wild.

It uses On’s biggest CloudTec ever and a hefty dose of Helion super foam cushioning underfoot for a springy and smooth ride. In our On Cloudmonster review, testers loved its generous fit and responsive cushioning.

Read more: On Cloudmonster Review

Saucony Peregrine 12

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Leave a lighter footprint on the trails ahead in the Saucony Peregrine 12. Saucony’s dedication to sustainability is shown in their use of recycled content in the upper of this eco-friendly trail runner.

The Peregrine 12 is one of the best trail running shoes for everything from flying over singletrack to hiking your local trails. It’s lighter and more nimble than ever before and built with a nice blend of cushion, protection and traction.

Read more: Saucony Peregrine 12 Review

How We Chose the Best Sustainably Made Running Shoes

With more than 45 years of experience, Fleet Feet is the expert in running. What makes the ideal piece of equipment for a runner comes down to the personal experience, goals, running surface, preferences and style of that runner. At Fleet Feet, we have been helping runners pick out the right gear for decades and want to pass that knowledge on to you.

We use a combination of real-life use, quality of materials, seasonal trends and our own top-seller lists to pick out the best sustainable running shoes. With all that in mind, we picked gear that lived up to our personal (and professional) expectations and we think they will live up to yours as well.

Standing Behind Our Picks

We picked the best eco-friendly running shoes based on what we think will work for the most people in the most situations. If you buy a pair of running shoes from us and you don’t like the way they look, fit or perform, bring them back within 60 days for a full refund.

Plus, we offer free shipping on all orders over $99 on fleetfeet.com, and we’ll match a lower price from a qualifying retailer. That’s our Happy Fit Guarantee.