Running comfort with recycling program
adidas is trying to achieve more sustainability in golf shoes with several models, one of which was created in cooperation with the Munich company Vice Golf . The Stan Smith x Vice Golf Limited Edition (picture below) is available in three color variants: neon red, neon yellow and neon green. The upper of the shoe with the nub spikes is made of recycled polyester and costs 110 euros.
If you are looking for a sustainably produced golf shoe from adidas that is a little less conspicuous in color, you will end up with the Adidas ZG 21 Motion Recycled Polyester model (picture above). It belongs to the Primegreen collection , which increasingly uses recycled material. In the case of the shoe, 50 percent of the upper alone is made from recycled plastic. The price is around 199.95 euros for the men’s model.
Adidas has been working to increase the use of recycled polyester in its shoes for a number of years. In 2020, for the first time, more than half of the polyester used in adidas products came from recycled plastic waste. From 2024, the company wants to only use recycled polyester. The company now produces more than 20 million shoes a year with plastic waste from beaches and coastal regions.
Adidas launched fully recyclable sneakers back in 2015 and also developed the first fully recyclable running shoe with the UltraBoost DANN Loop. In the golf sector, however, we are still a long way from that.