Los Angeles, California – Barefoot shoe company Vivobarefoot has launched a new sustainable unisex performance shoe based on corn-derived polyols.
The vegan shoes incorporate more than 30% renewable plant-based materials instead of single-use petroleum materials. The renewable materials include TPU, made using DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ corn-derived Susterra propanediol. In addition, Vivobarefoot said the shoes contain algae biomass-based Bloom foam from Algix.
The company says the shoes weigh an average 10% less than a standard performance shoe.
‘The launch of the Primus Lite Bio represents an exciting step away from the industry’s reliance on single use petroleum-based materials,’ said Asher Clark, design director at Vivobarefoot. ‘We want to challenge the world’s relationship with shoes; the materials they are made from and the impact they are having on us and our environment. Our ultimate goal is complete circularity.’