A sneaker made from Drents Heath sheep.
The sheep of Drenthe maintain it’s rough landscape and are used for the local meat industry.
While the sheep meat is processed, the rest of the body parts are often not used for further production and seen as waste.
Through a process of researching and experimenting possible ways of using that waste material, Josef Trojan and Michèle Degen introduce an environmental friendly product – the Sheeker (= sheep sneaker).
The biopolymers separated from the skin of the sheep are the base for the sole. The top part of the shoe is made from felted wool, which is left in its own natural color. Those materials offer the alternative to the oil based shoe industry. At the same time the project creates an opportunity for the local industry. It brings the production back to the region and offer a valuable, sustainable product.
Sheeker - more than a sneaker.