If we had to pinpoint of space of the fashion spectrum that constantly shifts, it’s the sneaker scene. No matter what your insight on the modern-day shoe game is, one aspect we can all appreciate is several brands’ consistent strive for sustainability, and Asics may have just set a new standard in that department.
The Japanese performance brand has just unveiled its Gel-Late III CM 1.95, a training shoe with the lightest carbon footprint to date, resulting in carbon emissions of merely 1.95kg. It boasts a recycled polyester upper and Asics’ innovative carbon-negative foam, composed of bio-based polymers extracted from sugar cane. The eco-friendly runner also features a sock liner composed of the same polyester material, which Asics hopes to use throughout its entire catalog by 2030.
Additionally, the CM 1.95’s innovative tape construction allows for fewer materials and reduced textile waste, proving that its efforts go beyond the elements used throughout its development. The brand hopes to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and as bold as it may be, developments like this show that we have no clue what the future holds.
In recent weeks, prominent names like Nike and On show off their latest innovations in environmentally-sound manufacturing processes, but this new silhouette from Asics may have outdone the competition. While the brand hasn’t addressed any release or price information, keep an eye out for future details on its website.