How Hemp Makes Great Sneakers - Women / Men's Hemp Shoes
Every sneakerhead knows that a good collection consists of many varieties of shoes and footwear. Hemp sneakers have developed somewhat of a cult following. Major brands like Adidas and Nike have been turning to hemp, not only because they are a hipster’s dream, but also because they’re green as heck. By green, I mean sustainable. Sustainability is a new term in the world of fashion. Past fashion issues tackled the inhumane use of fur. 2017 is all about sustainability, and hemp sneakers are definitely what’s trending at the moment. Hemp footwear is a huge product coming this 2018!
So what does it mean to be sustainable?
Sustainability means that you care about the way your shoes are produced. Does this product hurt the environment or add to it? Is this something that is well made and built to last? Was this produced in a hazardous way? Are the makers of this product actively seeking new and innovative techniques to lessen clothing waste? These are all questions to consider when looking to purchase sustainably and since the use of hemp is a century old topic, the notion of using it to make clothing is nothing new.
In fact, the story behind hemp is quite dazzling. This gem of a plant has been used to make a vast list of products including hemp thread and soap. Ancient civilizations used the plant as a medicine and believed in the healing powers it held. It is hailed as THE most environmentally friendly crop. The hemp plant uses little water to flourish and is resistant to most pests so it doesn’t need to be doused in pollution causing pesticides. Hemp also makes the soil more harvestable, healthy and grows very tightly spaced so farmers can plant yummy fruits and vegetables that we can all enjoy.
Why are hemp sneakers better than regular sneakers?
Hemp sneakers are sort of the best thing ever. Not only are they weather resistant so they’ll last a lot longer than your current pair but they’re also resistant to bacteria and mold so you can bid your stinky gym shoes farewell. Not to mention, you’d be doing mother nature a favor.
What brands sell hemp sneakers?
If making a fashion statement is what you’re all about, do not underestimate the craftsmanship of hemp sneakers. When it comes to sneaker production, hemp is where it's at. Popular brands like Nike and Adidas have jumped on the hemp train and have made some ultra fly kicks. The Nike SB Dunk Low Hemp sneaker was released on April 20th, 2016 and features a hemp woven upper fabric with orange logos along the tongue and heel. Adidas delivered a funky hemp sneaker called the Stan Smith Vulc on 4/20 of last year featuring funny, witty labeling and secret compartments. Toms, a brand that we are all familiar with, also released a shoe that is made of hemp AND vegan. These comfy slip-ons also serve a good cause because, for every pair you purchase, a child in need receives one. This is just a tiny look into some of the many hemp sneaker brands out there.
Hemp sneakers are way more than just sustainable, they’re fashion forward. The fashion world is welcoming hemp products with open arms and you should too. A hemp sneaker will add instant sophistication to your wardrobe and shows that you care about the impact of your carbon footprint- get it?. The world is changing and coming over to the green side. If we all do our small part, we can make the Earth a more beautiful and sustainable place to live.