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The ZERØGRAND II is Cole Hann’s first sustainable shoe, a brand known for its timeless yet modern designs, it has been created from the ground using materials made from nature with a minimum of 25% naturally derived or recycled content by weight. It comes in a wide range of designs six in the women’s style and eight in the men’s.

They all feature Cole Hann’s patent pending FlowerFoam sole which is made with dandelions, a minimum of 25% natural dandelion rubber in fact, this provides a combination of light weight and generous cushioning for comfort. The upper is made with a vegan microfiber suede made with 21% recycled content and reconstructed felt fabric made with 85% recycled plastic bottles, even the laces are 100% recycled rPET. The proprietary GRANDFØAM within the sole absorbs shock and provides rebound with each step, you can feel this in your step, it certainly springs you in a forward motion. The systematic layers of proprietary cushioning compounds softly pad each step, it also gives you are bit of extra height which is always a bonus for vertically challenged people like me.

The upper features ventilating details and temp-regulating materials for enhanced breathability helping your feet to stay cool and dry all day. The sneakers look attractive, they wouldn’t look out of place in most environments but they also manage to radiate subtle sustainable vibes, you can tell looking at some of the details that they have used recycled materials, this can only be a good thing. The upper has a good amount of stretch to it which means there is potential of slipping them on and off without undoing the laces, a particularly handy feature for my pregnant self as bending doing up laces is a 10 step process these days. They do feel a little odd to begin with as they are so spongy, it felt like they were throwing me a little off balance but at the same time they were super comfy around the foot. Only time will tell after longer periods of wear if this mega cushioning has a positive or negative impact on my gait but so far so good. RRP £130

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These comfortable, sustainable shoes really put a spring in your step.
  • Sustainable materials used
  • Comfortable fit
  • Stretchy, breathable upper
  • Versatile style
  • Suitable for some exercise
  • True fit
  • Strong cushioning could put some off