Nike is making a positive push to more sustainable footwear with their collection of Space Hippie looks that utilise scraps from the factory floor to create unique looking footwear that can help reduce waste.
Nike have promised that at least 85% of each space hippie show is made up of their specialised Flyknit variation, called rPoly. This material is made up of recycled plastic bottles, old T-shirts and yarn scraps. When these materials are combined it gives the Space Hippie aesthetic of Wolf grey base flecked with orange and powder blue stars for a neon night’s sky.
It isn’t just the upper that is receiving new tech in order to reduce Nike’s carbon footprint. The midsole has undergone a change with all four models in the collection making use of a new Crater Foam that uses 15% Nike grind rubber. This is combined with ZoomX foam scraps to ensure the footwear is lightweight yet responsive and gives it that added abstract colour scheme.
The collection contains four unique takes on Nike silhouettes; numbered 1 to 4, there are high and low top renditions, and different fits and styles to suit every taste.
Nike’s “Space Hippie” endeavour is their answer to the urgency of climate change and the affect that companies like Nike are having on the planet. This collection hopes to be the first step to a more cyclical production process whilst freeing up the possibilities for new design to take place.
You will be able to get your hand on a pair of Nike Space Hippe 1, 2, or 3 from the Nike SNKRS app towards the end of spring with the 4th look dropping later in the summer.
We haven’t had any retail prices released as of yet for these new look trainers, but we can expect prices to range from between £105-145.