Built like LEGOs, these modular shoes are made entirely from compostable materials!
Either you already own a lot of shoes, or you regularly buy a lot of new pairs of shoes. I fall into the latter category. I probably keep my shoes on longer than recommended, perhaps buying a new pair of casual shoes to wear every day, every year and a half. In the United States alone, approximately 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown away each year and end up in landfills, where they take up to 40 years to decompose. This means that when I turn 64 my pair of Adidas sneakers will finally be broken. Noting the environmental impact of shoe waste on the earth, Laura Muth created “Shoes with an Expiration Date”, a prototype of modular sneakers made entirely from compostable materials.
Typically, fast fashion uses carbon-intensive non-renewable resources like petrochemical textiles to make items like shoes, making the industry one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse in circulation today. While Muth’s prototype “ Shoes with an expiration date ” is not ready for the market and still in the mock-up phase, the designer aims to create a pair of shoes with an expiration date much older. shorter than that of shoes made from non-renewable resources like plastic. currently on the market. By abandoning the toxic glue for an isolable modular structure, the individual parts of the “shoes with an expiration date” are bound together by a compostable net.
The “shoes with an expiration date” are handcrafted by Laura Muth from locally sourced compostable materials. The sole of the shoe is molded for comfort and support from latex extract derived from dandelion root, straw, sawdust and natural dyes. The twine and side support that hold the shoe together are made from cellulose felt and woven hemp. As the shoes are currently manufactured, the lower sole is soft and provides support, but does not feel as durable and tough as the plastic ones currently available on the market. As the “shoes with an expiration date” are still in the prototype stage, rest assured that adjustments to form, structure and support are underway.
Designer: Laura Muth
The shoestrings are made of woven hemp, while the frame is made of cellulose felt and the sole of the shoe is made from dandelion root extract.
Coming in three different parts, the prototype is isolable.
Constructed using a building block method, the footprint of the sole leaves a layer upon which the cellulose felt backing rests.
During the initial mock-up phases, Muth aimed to reduce the shoe to its essentials.
Muth used an old sneaker and plaster to form the shape of the prototype’s sole.
With future development, Muth hopes to combine durability with aesthetics and support.
Inspired by the LEGOS construction method, Muth designed isolable and modular shoes constructed from compostable materials.