In light of the clothing industry’s excessive production and consumption that continually wreaks havoc on the global climate, designer Emilie Burfiend developed a footwear one wouldn’t feel guilty putting on.
Playing on the words ‘sneaker’ and ‘nature’, Burfiend’s Sneature is crafted from only three materials, all bio-based and renewable, making it 100% compostable after use.
Doggo lovers will be proud to know that the Sneature’s sock-like body is made of dog hair which, for this prototype, was crowdsourced from dog owners by Modus Intarsia, a Berlin start-up that collects and spins combed-out dog hair into sustainable yarn known as Chiengora. The sock-like upper part that goes over the foot is formed via 3D knitting technology, which does away with seams or waste. This knitting process can be adjusted to allow parts of the shoe to be softer or firmer, more breathable or elastic.
After being dipped into liquid natural rubber to make it water-repellant, the sneaker body is attached to an inner and outer sole moulded from mushroom mycelium, a filament structure from the vegetative part of fungi.
Based on the pictures below, they look like a pretty comfortable pair of kicks. In any case, it’s a brave new offering in sustainable fashion – something the world needs to focus more on.
Images © Emilie Burfiend (via)