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2021 is the Year of Nike Cork Sneakers

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Cork may be an ancient material, but in 2021 it's still in the spotlight as a potential sustainable solution to lessen the impact of manufacturing sneakers. Nike are popping off the versatile material onto a growing number of their classic designs, as they edge closer to their Move To Zero company pledge.

One way they're achieving this is by incorporating more recycled and natural materials into their sneakers, such as cork. One common eco trait these new shoes share is the cork that's blended into the outsoles. This partially recycled cork has come via the wine industry, or has been harvested from cork tree bark. The process used to extract the bark thankfully doesn't harm the tree one bit, and allows complete regeneration!

Similarly, many of the uppers of these reworked models use recycled polyester canvas in place of synthetically produced and dyed materials. All of which results in a higher percentage (by weight) of the shoes being made from recycled components.

Among the heavy hitters from this down-to-earth collection is a series of Air Max 97s, Air Max 95s and Air Max 90s. Needless to say, they're all corkers! Check out the colourways and SKU codes below as they start streaming into stores throughout this year.

Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-300
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-300
,Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-300
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-300
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-300
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-300

Nike Air Max 97

Hasta/Obsidian/Thunder Blue/Bucktan/White/Wheat
SKU code: DC3986-300

Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-100
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-100
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-100
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-100
Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-100
,Nike Air Max 97 Cork DC3986-100

Nike Air Max 97

Coconut Milk/Lite Sienna/Sesame
SKU code: DC3986-100

Nike Air Max 95 Cork CZ2275-800
Nike Air Max 95 Cork CZ2275-800
Nike Air Max 95 Cork CZ2275-800
Nike Air Max 95 Cork CZ2275-800
Nike Air Max 95 Cork CZ2275-800

Nike Air Max 95

SKU code: CZ2275-800

Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-100
Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-100
Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-100
,Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-100
Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-100

Nike Air Max 95

SKU code: DC3991-100

Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-400
Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-400
Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-400
Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-400
Nike Air Max 95 Cork DC3991-400

Nike Air Max 95

Obsidian/Wheat/Thunder Blue/Hasta
SKU code: DC3991-400

Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-800
Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-800
,Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-800
Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-800
Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-800

Nike Air Max 90

SKU code: DD0384-800

Nike Air Max 90 Cork Obsidian
Nike Air Max 90 Cork Obsidian
Nike Air Max 90 Cork Obsidian
Nike Air Max 90 Cork Obsidian
Nike Air Max 90 Cork Obsidian

Nike Air Max 90

Obsidian/Wheat/Coconut Milk/White

Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-100
,Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-100
Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-100
Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-100
Nike Air Max 90 Cork DD0384-100

Nike Air Max 90

SKU code: DD0384-100

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