From Lightweight Running Shoes to Waste-Constructed Sneakers

By: Jana Pijak - Jul 31, 2016
These July 2016 footwear trends range from waste-made sneakers to retro running shoe reboots that are geared toward collectors. In addition to the month's food, pop culture and flag-themed footwear examples, other standouts include shoes that are designed with sustainability in mind. While Timberland hopes to make its latest collection of boots from recycled plastic bottles. 'The Impema' sandal collection by designer Phillipe Starck follows a similar theme, using discarded polymers as its material of choice.

Some other July 2016 footwear innovations include retail examples like skate culture pop-ups and even shops that solely specialize in sneaker cleaning services. Additional standouts include skater-designed shoe collections and even sneaker concepts that are modeled after 4-wheeled vehicles.

Focused on both style and function, the month's footwear innovations strongly promote eco-friendly lifestyle choices while simultaneously looking to popular culture for their inspiration.