Shoes that Grow on Trees

Sustainable footwear brand Allbirds is branching out from Wool and introducing a range of shoes crafted from a new textile - Eucalyptus pulp.

Their most sustainable shoe to-date, the Allbirds Tree Runner and Tree Skipper leave an even lighter footprint on the planet with an eye on protecting the world’s endangered forests.

Allbirds Tree Runner, image supplied.

Through a unique 3D-knitting process, the material creates a cooling effect by wicking away moisture and is constructed with a silky-smooth mesh, which produces breathability and supreme comfort. The Tree collection is also lined with a Wool insole and heel cup to ensure the soft fit Allbirds has become synonymous with.

Allbirds focus on doing the right thing. Image supplied.

Ethically sourced Eucalyptus fibres use only 5% of the water and one-third of the land compared to traditional footwear materials. And by employing a closed-loop process, the manufacturing is safer and cleaner than conventional practices.  Allbirds utilises the most rigorous sustainable forestry standard, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, to protect trees, wildlife, and people.

The launch of the Tree collection also sees Allbirds introduce a new style, The Skipper.  A modern take on the 1930’s classic boat shoe. The Tree Skipper is available in three colourways – Kauri Stone, Kauri Navy and Kauri Rose, while the Tree Runner is available in Kauri Stone, Kauri Navy, and Kauri Cloud.  Both styles retail for $160 and are available online at allbirds.co.nz.