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Saucony Launches Corn-Based ‘Triumph RFG’ — Its Most Sustainable Shoe Ever

The Saucony Triumph RFG marks the brand's most environmentally friendly shoe to date, using a mix of corn, cotton, gum rubber, and other plant-based materials.

triumph rfg sauconySaucony's Triumph RFG includes plant-based materials in its sustainable design; (photo/Saucony)
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Nobody likes getting corns on their feet — but what about wearing shoes made from corn? Saucony, one of the oldest shoe companies in the U.S., bets that its latest shoe will receive a warm reception from feet attached to environmentally conscious runners.

That’s because more than half the midsole foam of the Triumph RFG (Run For Good) is made from corn, with plant-based dyes also used in the upper.

It’s the latest example of the Boston-based company’s commitment to include organic, recycled, or renewable materials in its shoes. By 2030, Saucony aims for 100% of its products to include some amount of sustainable materials.

saucony triumph rfg shoe upper

“This year, as we celebrate Saucony’s 125th anniversary, we look back on how creating a better world has always been part of our deep-rooted heritage,” Rob Griffiths, Saucony global brand president, said in a press release. “Quite simply, the future of our sport depends on the future of our planet, and we know we can do better for ourselves and the earth.”

The shoe officially arrives on September 5 on the company’s website and at select retailers.

saucony triumph rfg corn-based shoe in blue

Triumph RFG: Features and Details

Saucony calls the Triumph RFG its “most sustainable shoe to date.” The midsole contains 55% corn-based “PWRRUN+ BIO” foam, and the upper is all-cotton that is dyed with plant-based materials. As for the part that actually touches earth, the sole uses 80% natural rubber.

And it’s “engineered to offer the same level of performance” as a fully synthetic sole, Saucony claims.

It comes with a sockliner to add comfort, and a soft collar and padded tongue for a flexible fit and feel.

Additional specs include:

  • Heel-to-toe offset: 10mm (37mm heel/27mm forefoot) 
  • Weight: Men’s 10.4 oz. (295 g), Women’s 9.7 oz. (275 g)
  • Sustainability: This style is vegan and contains recycled materials.

Triumph RFG: Pricing and Sizing

The Triumph RFG marks the latest product in the company’s ongoing lineup of sustainably made shoes, which has included the Jazz Court RFG, as well as limited-edition sneakers designed by and for kids. It’s available in men’s sizes 7-15 and women’s sizes 5-12.

According to Saucony, the suggested retail price is $160. Color schemes for men include Coffee, Murk, and Shadow, while the three options for women are Bluelight, Mauve, and Mist.

Anxious to get your pair of corn-based shoes and start running? Find a Saucony retailer near you by calling 800-365-4933 or visit the company website.

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