Salomon Index.01: The first 100% recyclable running shoe 

Just like Adidas, Salomon is "doubling down" their approach to sustainability by offering the first performance running shoe to be fully recyclable. How did Salomon do this? Read on to know. 

  • The upper of the Index.01 is made with recycled pet bottles. 
  • It is designed to be easily disassembled. To do this, the following are implemented:
    • The seams are made with recycled polyester so they can simply be recycled with the rest of the upper. 
    • The upper and TPU midsole are also engineered to be separated for uncomplicated recycling. 
  • To attach the upper to the rest of the shoe, a water-based glue has been used. 
  • Lastly, the Salomon Index.01 is only offered in one colorway — white. Experts assume that this is to avoid the usage of toxic chemicals. 

Now the real question is, how do you return the shoe to Salomon for recycling? After you've maxed out the shoe's life, you can simply return it to Salomon's regional recycling stations (set up all over the world) free of charge. 

Index.01: Where does it fit performance-wise? 

It's undeniable that the Salomon Index.01 sports a clean, simple aesthetic that's perfect for casual days. But when it comes to running, the shoe's cushion and durability allow it to shine in the following activities: 

  • daily running
  • long-distance runs

Facts / Specs

Terrain: Road
Weight: 285g
Drop: 9mm
Arch support: Neutral
Forefoot height: 20mm
Heel height: 29mm
Pronation: Neutral Pronation / Supination / Underpronation

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Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.