When Nike says it supports environmental awareness, it shows in its shoes.

Two years ago, in proving it does care for the environment, the shoemaker crafted an entire design philosophy out of it, in the process creating the Nike Considered line of footwear. The goal: make shoes that use recyclable materials with as little chemicals as possible. Which translates to the less waste and tender loving care for the Earth’s ozone layer.



The Nike Considered 2K5 actually belongs to the third generation of these environmentally-friendly shoes. Designed by New Zealander Andreas Harlow, the shoe was inspired the by Nike’s own Huarache basketball shoe (for die-hard Nike buffs, you may remember it as the first one endorsed by Kobe Bryant after he was lured from Adidas but later stalled caught in the middle of his much-ballyhooed rape case).

Nike says it plans to come out with reincarnations of some of its more popular and classic shoe models under the Considered line. The 2K5 is a fashionable version of the Huarache. It sounds like a shoe that’s made to be sold at an organic supermarket – not a bad idea for Nike’s vaunted marketing machine to consider.

Consider the 2K5’s specs: shoelaces made of hemp, chrome-free leather upper (the leather is tanned using an organic method that eliminates chrome from the tanning process, making both the leather and the waste from the process safer to recycle) and heel support made of bamboo. Nike says the shoe is made without using environmentally-harmful adhesives.

Inside the shoe, the footbed is made of a material called Policork that increases comfort and decreases odor. Perforated holes in the footbed add further ventilation. The 2K5 weighs almost as light as the previous Nike Free and Nike Presto (which became quite popular not too long ago).

While its design takes after that of a basketball shoe, the 2K5 is designed like a football shoe in terms of comfort and feel. Weaving a hemp lace through the chrome-free leather upper results in a shoe that breathes well, flexes naturally, conforms to the foot and ages gracefully – just like an old football boot.

Nike’s goal is to apply this design philosophy in different product lines – from footwear to apparel to equipment. So what’s next? A shoe that’s made of recyclable paper? Trust the brains at Nike to come up with yet another design philosophy to suit yet another popular cause.

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