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.
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Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 13 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).