*The future is still ours to write. Whether on the track, in the gym or on our planet. Each and every one of us has the ability to leave a lasting legacy on tomorrow. We’re starting with shoes. As a company, we believe it’s our responsibility to protect the future of sport and inspire positive change for our planet.
As a group of pro and amateur athletes, we believe the future of sport needs radical change. It is our goal to reinvent sports shoes and push for new standards in an industry that has been slow to do anything about its environmental footprint. Today, textile production contributes more to global warming than aviation. We’re working to change that.
For the last 33 years, I’ve worked as a manufacturing and technical expert for global brands such as Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Puma. During my time at these great companies, I had some incredible experiences, but I grew increasingly frustrated by their lack of environmental innovation.
With Hylo, I’ve been able to take everything I learnt about the strengths and weaknesses within the shoe industry, and channel it into a new generation of shoe company that is truly passionate about the future of sports and our planet.
I started Hylo because, as a professional footballer, I’ve seen first-hand how little attention climate change receives in the sporting world.
But, having seen the incredibly positive influence sport can have on the wider world in general, I knew there was huge possibility for change. With Hylo, we want to inspire the next generation of athletes to win, whilst caring about protecting their environment. If we can do that, then I will be a very happy man.
As a keen amateur runner who’s passionate about sustainability, having the opportunity to create something like Hylo was a no-brainer for me.
Hylo was a chance for us to create something genuinely different from every other shoe brand out there and make high performance products in a better way.
I believe if you’re going to start in a new company in this day and age, settling for being carbon neutral is no longer enough. That’s why I’m proud that we’re working towards a net-positive impact.
Sport has always had an immense power to unite us around the world, regardless of backgrounds or beliefs. We hope to harness that power to bring the world's attention to the biggest issue of our lifetime. To help achieve this, we’re building a team of Hylo athletes that represent the future of sport – people as passionate about their planet, as they are about their performance.
Football | Leeds United
Patrick has been a professional footballer since 2011. He plays up-front for Leeds United and recently scored 16 goals as part of the historic team that has been promoted to the Premier League for the first time since 2004.
ATHLETICS | ENGLAND U20 SPRINTER
Speed is Alicia’s blood – both her parents were Olympic medallists. That’s what she’s gunning for. Back in 2016, at age 15 she clocked the 7th fastest 200m of all-time for her age group. Remember the name.
BOXING | SUPER WELTERWEIGHT
George is from York, but has spent most of his life in sunny Lanzarote. After ruling the Yorkshire amateur circuit, he turned pro with boxing legend, Frank Warren. He has had two fights. Won both. Say no more.
Golf | UK Female No. 1
Charley is 24, from Kettering and is an incredibly talented golfer. By 18, she was already a champion on the European circuit. She’s the youngest person to compete at the Solheim Cup and at 20 she won the prestigious CME Group Tour Championship.
Sophie is the top T20 Bowler in the women’s international game. She’s 21 and has been in the England set-up since 2016. She’s the youngest woman in history to take 50 T20i wickets.
One of England Rugby’s brightest talents, Jonathan burst onto the scene after only being picked up by Saracens’ academy at 17. Three years later, he has already been shortlisted for the Premiership Rugby Cup Breakthrough Player Award.