Nike plans to increase production of their Considered Design line of sneakers that use Environmentally Preferred Materials (EPMs). The Huarache 2009 is part of that line. They were thoughtfully designed using recycled materials wherever possible. And, Nike also eliminated excessive overlays, embellishments, and backing materials from the Huarache 2009 to dramatically reduce waste. So, you get the best of both worlds. An environmentally conscious sneaker that performs well on the hardwood.