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You Should Check These Kicks But Not Because They Are Good For The Planet

Because they’re just nice anyway.

elsewhere // Feb 14, 2022
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Can you have an environmental conscious without being socially repellant?

It used to be the case that if you hugged trees you probably smelled bad, if you wanted to save the whales, you were probably a one-time dinner guest, if you drove an electric car, you were probably still a virgin. 

But the shrewd among the eco-conscious community caught on, and figured out a way to get invited back to dinner. The solution was this: Make a product and/or service offered that appealed to our basic self-centered desires, and smuggle environmental sensibility in there without telling anyone.

It was genius. 

People could hug trees and smell good, save the whales and be invited back for dinner, drive an electric car and still be sexually active. All the while doing their bit for humankind and our planet’s health.

That’s what Vans have attempted to do here. They’ve made a nice casual shoe from sustainable materials in a way that won’t make you socially repellent or annoying, in fact, they might even make you look quite cool and smart. Using a combo of hemp, organic cotton, nylon and jute, you can (quietly) hold your head up for not contributing to climate armageddon and be chill at the same time, it’s a win win. 

The Circle Vee boasts a brand new EcoCush™ drop in footbed and provides all-day comfort and support with a molded heel cup and arch shape. The silhouette also ushers in Vans’ EcoWaffle™ outsole made from an all-new rubber compound that utilizes natural rubber instead of petroleum-derived synthetic rubber. You can wear them in natural/gum and dawn blue/gum colorways. 

To support and protect the world’s oceans, Vans will be donating $1 for every Circle Vee product sold—with a minimum of $25,000 donated—to the Tides Foundation to support Ocean Conservancy. 

The Vans Circle Vee is available NOW at Vans retailers and For more information about Vans’ sustainability efforts, visit


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