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Injo Gunasekara, Brooks’s senior industrial designer of footwear, named the shoe for its eco-friendlier characteristics (“green”) and his belief that sustainability will soon become an expectation rather than a marketable product differentiator (“silence”).

The shoe features nontoxic dyes, water-based adhesives, and 65 percent fewer volatile organic compounds.

Three years in the making, the shoe features nontoxic dyes and colorants, water-based adhesives, and 65 percent fewer volatile organic compounds than its competition. The collar foam and sock liner, like the midsole, are also completely biodegradable. Even the packaging gives back: It’s made from 100 percent post-consumer fiberboard.

The result is a vibrant trainer that’s built to last, combining durability, speed, and sustainability. “We were told Brooks couldn’t build running shoes that feel great, perform great, look great, and support a healthier environment for years ahead,” says Derek Campbell, the company’s future concepts manager. “With Green Silence, we shattered that belief. We hope this shoe will serve as an inspiration to others in our industry and beyond.”

+ Green Silence $90

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