RENS: The Totally Waterproof Sneaker Made From Coffee


As we’re collectively becoming more eco-conscious, so to are our purchasing choices across food, drinks, cosmetics, fashion and now footwear. The ever-more clear focus on the impact each of us is having on the planet can be translated directly into how we consume, and Rens have identified sneakers as an area that could do with some eco-friendly options.

The idea for Rens shoes was born out of a desire for sneakers that both look good and are kind to the planet. After spending a lot of time searching for cool, sustainable footwear, the founders found the market to be lacking.  And so the Rens Kickstarter campaign was launched.

Jesse and I are two young sneakerheads who felt like no one was making truly eco-friendly sneakers that looked good too. So, we decided to make one ourselves.
— Rens Co-Founder, Son Chu

Coming from Vietnam, both Rens founders have first-hand experience of the footwear industry's environmental impact.

It’s unbelievable how giant companies churn out millions of unsustainable products, using unsustainable materials and doing very little to mitigate their impact.
— Rens CEO, Jesse Tran

To put things into perspective: 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day and 3 million plastic bottles are bought every minute. Spent coffee grounds produce methane  – a major contributor to climate change – and the world is drowning in plastic waste. 

Frustrated by the unsustainability of the fashion industry, Rens decided to harness the power of waste – putting 21 cups of coffee and 6 plastic bottles into every pair of Rens.

Rens infuses sustainable materials with technology and style to create a sleek, versatile sneaker. Each pair of Rens has an upper made from a mixture of coffee yarn and recycled polyester, as well as a coffee-infused inner lining designed with a breathable, ultra-lightweight material. 100% waterproof, the shoes adapt to your movements to provide all-day comfort. Even better – coffee’s natural antibacterial properties make Rens odor-resistant for their entire lifecycle. 

Rens come in a range of colors, suiting the minimalists and maximalists. Both stylish and sporty, Rens sneakers can be worn on the metro or on the mountain.