Meet the World's First Biodegradable Shoes

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OAT Shoes created the first biodegradable shoe collection that can actually be planted in the ground. Photo: OAT Shoes

It’s not often a company recommends that you bury your shoes in the backyard, but that’s exactly what OAT Shoes says. As makers of the world’s first biodegradable shoes, that advice is perfectly legitimate.

OAT debuted the shoe collection at the Amsterdam International Fashion Week last month, where they won second place in the Green Fashion Competition.

The “Virgin Collection” comes in four colors – red, blue, green and yellow – and are made from canvas and seed-embedded cork soles that will break down over time.

The company spent two years in research and development, visiting modern factories and ancient craftsmen to find the right combination of materials and manufacturing principles.

While the 900-shoe limited run will only be available in Europe, demand could spread to the U.S. soon.

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