Vancouver footwear innovators Native Shoes is launching the Plant Shoe today--a look the company is billing as the first modern sneaker made entirely of components derived from plants, including pineapple husk and eucalyptus.
Inspired by stats that Americans alone throw out 300 million pairs of shoes each year, the natural-white sneakers are 100% biodegradable and compostable--even, apparently, in your back yard bin.
The look is comprised of a natural lactae hevea outsole, a eucalyptus lasting board, a backing outsole made from cork and sisal, an organic linen sock liner with a kenaf and corn felt insole, and an upper made of carded pineapple husk and organic cotton.
The vegan kicks, like all Native designs, do not contain animal products. They offer an eco friendly alternative in a shoe industry that often relies on plastics or leather treated with chemicals for its products.
Founded here in 2009, Native Shoes first took the globe by storm with its colourful, lightweight EVA-moulded shoes for men, women, and kids. The company has a stated mission to become 100 percent lifecycle managed by 2023.
The Plant Shoe will set you back $250 and is available at the Vancouver flagship (14 Water Street) or online.