Imagine a pair of shoes that can be buried in the backyard when they reach its useful end of life.
Such is the case with Oat Shoes, footwear that is fully biodegradable and can be put in soil for a righteuos and proper disposal. The idea came to Dutch entrepreneur Christiaan Maats when he wanted a green end to shoes and not a green creation.
The concept is simple: When it’s time to throw away the OAT Shoe, the wearer simply buries it instead. The shoe is fully biodegradable, and, as such, could be used to help other plants grow. Keen to realize their vision of a fully biodegradable shoe whilst incorporating a stylish design, the team at OAT Shoes were forced to develop and source many of their own materials and processes. OAT Shoes founder Christiaan Maats says, “It makes sense to make products that are part of the planet we party on. We all like the nice bits in fashion, so why not make those bits fully biodegradable?”. It made sense to the judges at the Green Fashion Awards too, where OAT Shoes walked away with the first prize.