Cardiff, California – Blueview has launched what it claims to be the world’s first biodegradable she. All the plastics are from plant-based sources rather than petroleum.
The shoes use Soleic renewable, biodegradable polyurethane foam for the arch support, cupsole and outsole. It is derived from algae, and came out of research at the University of California at San Diego, which was commercialised by the spin-out Algenesis. Algal PU made by the team has already been used to make surfboards and flip-flops.
The upper is machine-knitted from PlantKnit, a yarn made from hemp, cotton, jute and Tencel. Durability tests were carried out on the shoes at Heelux Labs.
‘It’s a dream come true to see our Soleic foams finally reach the consumer market,’ said Blueview’s CEO Stephen Mayfield, and a co-inventor of the material. ‘We are excited to provide consumers with a revolutionary footwear experience.’
The shoes retail at $135/pair, and include a removable cotton canvas strap to transform the shoes from a loafer to a slip-on.