When I first saw the Nike Trash Talk Shoe on inhabitat a few weeks ago I was on the fence about it in terms of design. I loved the orange/grey/white color scheme right away but I wasn’t crazy about the patchwork design with the zig-zag stitching.
A few days ago I saw it again under Best Bets in New York magazine and I finally came around since I realized that the upper is pieced together from leather and synthetic leather waste from Nike’s own factory floor. The rest of the Trash Talk Shoe is made entirely of recycled materials as well and meets Nike’s considered design standards.
The shoe was launched in February of 2008 by Nike celebrity endorser Steve Nash and is the first Nike performance basketball sneaker completely produced from manufacturing waste. In addition it’s being packaged in a fully recyclable cardboard box.