Fresh off the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, which showcased the most insolvent talented European nations, comes the Nike GS Football Boot ($300), Beaverton’s greenest, lightest, and most innovative soccer boot to date. Most of the material is derived from renewable castor beans, which require less water to grow and reduce environmental impact. That green material also keeps the shoe’s overall weight low – the foot plate is 15% lighter than traditional thermoplastic polyurethane. Additional green creds include a polyester tongue and quarter made from 95% recycled plastic bottles.
Nike is only making 2,012 pairs, which will be available at select retailers in August. It might not be the most accessible shoe, but the GS is a brave attempt to increase one’s impact on the field while reducing it off.
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