Minimalist footwear brand Vivobarefoot is using the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market (November 8-11 in Denver) to officially launch its range of plant-based shoes, which feature DuPont’s Sorona and Susterra materials.
The partners had previously only offered information about one model, the Primus Bio, but have now provided details of a number of other products that have come out of this collaboration. All contain Sorona and Susterra.
The Primus Lite Bio has an upper made from a combination of Sorona and Susterra materials. The outsole is made up of 70% Susterra Bio-PDO TPU.
Other models include the Stealth III Bio and the Ultra Bio, which both feature material derived from algae. This is the latest stage of Vivobarefoot’s work with Bloom, a company that uses algae biomass from freshwater sources to make foams suitable for use in footwear.
Another interesting material used in this collection is a natural rubber compound that the brand says is tapped from trees in the Amazon rainforest. Products to feature this compound include the Magna Trail Bio and the Primus Trail Bio.
Asher Clark, design director of Vivobarefoot, has said: “For us, this is an exciting step away from the industry’s reliance on single use petroleum-based materials and towards a promising future of plant-based ones. It’s a conversation that has never felt more important to have, it’s about challenging and disrupting the world’s relationship with shoes, the materials they are made from and the impact they are having on us and our environment.”