Stella McCartney and adidas have come together for a new running apparel and footwear collection that includes the exclusive eco-friendly shoe, the Earthlight Mesh. This fashion-forward sneaker is meant for city running and was constructed with recycled Parley Ocean Plastic. The collection also offers a crop top T-shirt, a sleeveless crop top, and 3/4 tights, all with sustainable elements.
The designer’s ongoing collaboration with the apparel and footwear brand continues to deliver the perfect mix of “performance wear through a fashion lens.” The longtime partnership, now in its 18th year, combines McCartney’s high-fashion design sensibility with adidas’ sport innovation, all while having a shared focus on sustainability.
Both brands are part of the Bolt Threads Mylo consortium (along with Kering and lululemon) to help push the advancement of natural materials like mushroom-based leather alternatives. Two like-minded groups, yet each bring something different and new to the table.
“Performance and style are at the heart of every piece adidas by Stella McCartney creates, but we believe that this shouldn’t come at a cost to the planet,” McCartney said when explaining her past collections with the brand. StellaRun is a great continuation of this ethos.
The Earthlight Mesh, for instance, is crafted using adidas Primeblue, the brand’s high-performance recycled material made in part with Parley Ocean Plastic. We’ve seen similar uses of Primeblue very recently, such as the knit upper for professional skateboarder Lucas Puig’s newest pro model, the adidas Puig PK Primeblue.
This new footwear silhouette also features an EVA midsole that is stacked high for comfort and support. The rubber outsole uses a unique design grip meant to push the runner forward with additional support and a smooth roll. However, one thing to note is that the material breakdown of the rubber is currently unknown.
Other items in the collection, such as the TruePace HEAT.RDY Running Crop Top and TruePace HEAT.RDY 3/4 Running Tights, are also created using Primeblue. Both of which also feature adidas’ moisture-wicking technology, HEAT.RDY.
Maybe the most fascinating item in this StellaRun capsule is the loose-fitting, lightweight Crop Tee, which is crafted from adidas Primegreen using 100% recycled polyester jacquard. It is also a Made To Be Remade product, meaning you can return the tee back to adidas to then be recycled into a new product by the brand. This program was recently unveiled to consumers this past Earth Day for the release of a fully recyclable UltraBOOST.
In related news from earlier this month, adidas and Allbirds unveiled their first low-carbon collaborative sneaker.