I am enthusiastic about Ren’s slip-on sneakers produced from used espresso grounds. Are you?

I was THAT college student who absolutely believed that they had built a tolerance to caffeine because of the copious amounts of coffee they consumed through peer reviews and interim work to get to power. Even though I’ve sworn off caffeine for health reasons – it’s been two whole years since it ran through my veins! – I still love everything coffee related. For this reason, my heart for Joe was particularly fascinated to hear that Ren’s original shoes, which were launched in 2019 by Jesse Tran and Son Chu, both Vietnamese and living in Finland, were made from coffee waste.

In logistics, every Rens sneaker consists of six recycled plastic bottles and 150 grams of coffee grounds. The outsole is made of natural rubber and the yarn obtained from coffee waste contains antibacterial and odor-inhibiting properties. “Ren” also means “clean” or “pure” in many of the major Scandinavian languages. Talk about sustainable! Rens are comfortable and breathable while they are waterproof so you can jump into puddles if you need to (I wore my pair in the rain a couple of times to see for myself).

The specific shoes I received were Rebel Black ($ 119), and the slip-on style comes in handy when I’m walking out the door to run errands when I’m walking my dogs (read: passed by going to) or when I just need something unique to transform a boring outfit into a bold one. The hashtag symbol on the upper part of the shoes is not a detail that is normally found on shoes, and Tran told POPSUGAR that it represents a community and movement that is worth joining. But I am in favor of carrying a message that the world can see.

Rens’ efforts have been crowdfunded from the start, and now Tran and Chu are launching a new sneaker called Nomad, also made from coffee waste, but designed more as a performance sneaker with laces and added functionality. Though I’ve worn my Rens on the treadmill while hiking up the mountains, the nomads who are already running a crowdfunding campaign are meant for activities like running and “everything in between,” said Tran. He noted that Rens, on the other hand, is an “everyday urban shoe,” although many consumers use it for dancing and certain gyms.

“What we want to convey with Rens is something really fancy, really intense,” said Tran. “And it’s about a sustainable brand for the brave generations.” As a sneaker startup that is transforming production by turning caffeine into something to “lighten” our environmental footprint, Rens does so with shoes that come in a variety of colors. They are eye-catching, meaningful and different. And different. . . good, different is good.

Image source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sam Brodsky

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