REI Co-op reveals its first running shoe, with members getting first dibs

REI Co-op Swiftland MT running shoe
(Image credit: REI Co-op)

REI Co-op has launched its first running shoe. The REI Co-op Swiftland MT is a multi-terrain shoe made for grip and protection on all sorts of off-road surfaces, from sand to rock.

The upper has a snug-fitting, socklike design that's lightweight and seam-free to avoid rubbing and prevent ingress of dirt and grit on loose surfaces. The outsole includes a rockplate to provide protection on technical routes, and the lugged rubber soles provide grip on slippery mud and rocks.

The shoe is made using a combination of recycled and sustainably sourced materials to limit use of virgin plastics. The laces and webbing are made entirely from recycled PET knit (the plastic used to make single-use drink bottles), the upper is made from 90% recycled PET, and the collar lining is 75% recycled PET.

The midsole foam offers moderate cushioning, and is made from a bioplastic consisting of 10% algae.

As always, the most sustainable running shoe is the one you already own, but if you need a new pair, the REI Co-op Swiftland MT is available now for $130 in men's and women's sizes. REI Co-op members get first dibs on the new shoe through June 30.

Cat Ellis

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 15 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better), usually wearing at least two sports watches.