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Shoes are hand-made from fungi

April 23rd, 2018 / By: / Out There

Photo: nat-2.

Engineering firm nat-2 has developed fungi footwear made of “mushroom leather” that has a vintage look and is reported to be very soft.

The leather-like material is created from the trama of the tinder sponge, fomes fomentarius, which grows on dead or weak birches and beeches. The material is organic and chemical-free and the fungus gives it natural antiseptic and antibacterial qualities.

A report in says that growing, harvesting and testing of the fungus takes two years. When it’s mature, the fungus is peeled off its host and worked by hand. The nat-2 fungi footwear is also constructed with eco-cotton terrycloth, microfiber suede, cork insoles and rubber outsoles.

The shoes are made by hand in a small family-owned business in Italy; nat-2 is an engineered high-end footwear brand based in Munich, Germany.