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The Green Life: Green Your Hike -- Footwear

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August 12, 2008

Green Your Hike -- Footwear

Minimize the environmental impact of midsummer hikes with this week's tips.

Tip #2: Slip into something a little more recycled

If the backcountry lures you out of workday pumps, then your trail shoes won't look fresh for long. So why insist on kicks made with never-used materials, which can bloat the environmental footprint of your escape to nature? Outfitters including Patagonia and the just-launched ENDOutdoor now offer designs made with more recycled content (and in some cases, less material overall). Far from the conspicuously virtuous shoes of old, these options blend right in with their cool-but-not-so-green counterparts. Try: Women's Stumptown Cross-Training Shoes ($80) by END or Men's Drifter ($110) by Patagonia

Share your stories: Have you tried shoes made with greener materials? How did they compare with more conventional footwear?

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