Photo by Coriette Schoenaert
Imagine disposing of your moldy old gym shoes, not by chucking them into a donation bin and hoping nobody sees you, but by watching them sprout into a patch of wildflowers in your backyard. OAT’s fully biodegradable sneaker collection, the first of its kind, has all the “good stuff Mother Earth has to offer,” according to the Dutch footwear company. Founded by designer Christiaan Maats in 2008, OAT’s mission is to connect people with their environment in an imaginative way. It does this through its innovative materials: soft, breathable canvas and flexible seed-embedded cork soles that literally go to pot when you bury them.