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The 1st hemp running shoes landed on Kickstarter

by Sara Guerreiro |

Run faster, thread lighter. Sustainable running has been made possible.

Posted at 11:00 • 20th Feb • Sara Guerreiro • Hemp

Super strong hemp fibers 🌿, 100% vegan and carbon neutral 💪, 5x the strength of cotton 💪, cloud-like comfort with hemp insoles ☁️, shoelaces pocket, and a high performing sole with a speedboard inside. These are the new running shoes by 8000Kicks.

After months and countless prototypes, 8000Kicks is thrilled to introduce another innovative product, this time the new hemp Runners featuring a more durable and breathable hemp knit fabric, along with an enhanced sole with a bouncing speed board inside.  

The hemp company launched its new hemp running shoes through a Kickstarter campaign on the 20th of February where backers have the exclusive opportunity to purchase a pair for up to 50% off.


Introducing the ultimate hemp running shoes

The Runner is the world's 1st hemp running shoe, and it's our most technically advanced product yet. It's geared towards all-day comfort and performance, and once you have them on your feet you won't believe how light they are.

With a modern design look, the runner is the most comfortable shoe you will try in a while.

Every detail was carefully thought out, including the wide fit for your toes, minimalist shoelaces with reflective yarn, and a front pocket where you can put the shoelaces so they stop bouncing around.

But there's more to it than just aesthetics, the upper is made of a knitted hemp elastic sock, perfectly adjustable to every foot, wide or narrow, with and without socks.

These new running kicks complement 8000Kicks' existing line of casual hemp shoes and accessories, available in four stylish colors: full black, black & white, pink and white.

Why hemp?

Though hemp is often associated with marijuana, these runners are not intended for "smoking". Hemp is considered the "sober cousin" of marijuana and it contains minimal psychoactive components, making it legal worldwide.

Hemp serves as nature's purifier, playing a pivotal role in shaping a sustainable future:

  • The plant effectively captures carbon dioxide, removing 1.63 tonnes for every tonne of hemp fiber produced — surpassing trees in carbon sequestration;
  • A single acre of hemp produces as much fiber as two acres of cotton;
  • Hemp rejuvenates nutrient-depleted soil and counteracts erosion;
  • Cultivating hemp doesn't need herbicides or pesticides;
  • Known for its incredible strength, hemp was utilized by Henry Ford in car manufacturing;
  • Inherently anti-bacterial and anti-microbial, hemp embodies nature's resilience.

"Our purpose is to revive hemp by demonstrating that hemp products surpass those made from alternative fibers. This represents the environmentally conscious solution we've all been anticipating." says Bernardo, the CEO and co-founder of 8000Kicks.

Breathable and anti-microbial

Harnessing the inherent qualities of hemp, our shoes are naturally breathable and antimicrobial, ensuring your feet stay fresh throughout the day. In stark contrast to cotton, hemp doesn't absorb humidity or retain sweat, effectively minimizing unpleasant odors within the kicks. This unique property not only enhances comfort but also promotes a healthier and more hygienic environment for your feet.

On the other hand, the team engineered the hemp knit upper of the shoe, which allows for good ventilation while keeping your feet protected from the elements.

Incorporated carbon speed board for unmatched performance

Among our groundbreaking innovations, the sole of our hemp running shoes stands out as a pinnacle of excellence. It is made of a high-performance material for the midsole and we've elevated it further by integrating a carbon speed board inside. This addition delivers an exceptional rebound effect, ensuring maximum speed and responsiveness during your run.

The outsole, on the other hand, is crafted with our proprietary recycled composites, prioritizing sustainability without compromising on performance. This thoughtful approach provides exceptional grip and aligns with our commitment to circular production practices.

Long-lasting design

Known for its historical uses in crafting ropes, and ship sails, and even contributing to some of Ford's pioneering cars, hemp stands as a testament to durability. At 8000Kicks, we are committed to rediscovering and harnessing the potential of this versatile fiber, which has faced a ban for over 50 years. Our shoes boast a distinctive edge by being crafted in hemp knit, showcasing not only the innovative use of this once-restricted material but also emphasizing its exceptional durability. This mix of traditions and modernity ensures that each pair of our shoes not only pays homage to hemp's rich legacy but also stands as a symbol of enduring quality in contemporary footwear.

Commitment with Sustainability

Our dedication to sustainability extends throughout the entire lifecycle of our hemp running shoes. The upper is crafted from natural hemp fibers complemented by recycled polyester parts. The insoles are thoughtfully made using hemp as well, completing the circle of sustainability by repurposing older materials into new, recycled components. From the hemp insoles to the recycled cardboard box, and biodegradable corn starch mailer bag, each element is chosen with a commitment to environmental responsibility.

To further minimize our carbon footprint, for each order, we plant trees to compensate for its carbon footprint, ensuring that every purchase contributes to a carbon-neutral world.

Explore our sustainability efforts at, as we continue to champion a greener and more eco-conscious future.

Live on Kickstarter on February 20th, 2024

The new running shoes launched on Kickstarter on February 20th can be bought for up to 50% off, that's $99 instead of $199, which they will retail for once live. The campaign lasts for 2 months and it will take another 2 months to manufacture the kicks, with expected delivery in June.

Get your premium hemp running shoes now for 50% off on Kickstarter.


Product Details

Meet the 8000Kicks Runners – your new go-to for versatile and comfortable footwear. Designed to withstand your weekend adventures with durability, they effortlessly transition to a stylish and minimalist look for the week. Say goodbye to the hassle of swapping shoes; these are the only runners you'll ever need.

💪 Durable Hemp fibers;
🍁The world's 1st Hemp Insoles;
👟 Performance soles with a Carbon Speed Board;
👝 Shoelaces pocket;
💨 Super breathable;
💡 Reflective laces;
🦶 Ankle support;
👣 Wide toebox;
🌱 100% Vegan and sustainable;



Contact Person:

Name: Bernardo Carreira

Phone: +351 918 180 112


Campaign: Kickstarter page

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