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Veja, the French footwear label with a strong focus on transparency, fair trade and social and environmentally responsible practices, has again teamed with Rick Owens, in what will be their third collaborative shoe release, with two 3-D-knitted offerings. The Runner Style 2 is a low sneaker reinterpretation of the style developed for fall 2019, but with a smoother and lighter sole, consisting of 46 percent sugar cane and 8 percent banana oil for its midsole and the introduction of natural cork in its outsole, still combined with 30 percent Amazonian rubber and 31 percent rice waste. 

Veja x Rick Owens Runner in Rust.

Veja x Rick Owens Runner in Rust.  Courtesy of Rock Owens

The other design, dubbed the Runner Style Mid, is a new release in a high-top sock silhouette with a bio-based cork outsole containing L-Foam technology on its midsole, which increases its lightness and provides optimal cushioning. Both styles’ upper in V-Knit are composed entirely of recycled polyester derived from plastic bottles and manufactured in Brazil, resulting in a minimal and radical running sneaker.

Veja x Rick Owens Runner in Full Acid Yellow.

Veja x Rick Owens Runner in Full Acid Yellow.  Courtesy of Rock Owens

Price points range from $290 for the low to $315 for the high-top version and the shoes are available now at veja-store.com as well as the brand’s retail stores, which includes one of its newest shops in New York City on Mulberry Street.

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