SHEEKER

A shoe made from sheep.

 

 
 
Together with Michèle Degen we are working on an environmental friendly shoe, created out of waste sheep products.
The project is about showing an alternative to oil based polymers, which are widely used in the footwear industry. The left-over parts of the sheep offer a wide spectrum of materials, which can be mixed and formed into the parts necessary for a shoe. The goal of the project is to create an everyday shoe produced in a local, sustainable and responsible way.
It is a collaboration between many people. Local shepherds gave the first insights into the “Drents Heideschaap”. Studio Thomas Vailly provided essential information regarding bio plastics. Devro supported us with the first materials to experiment with and Lidwina Charpentier helped with her knowledge about of the characters of wool. Last, but not least, we would like to thank to Guus Kusters.
Official introduction to the project for the final exhibition.,
 

The sole of Sheeker is made from three layers of bioplastics. The outer material (pictured) has better friction properties.

The sole of sheeker is made from three layers of bioplastics. The one on the outside (visible on the picture) has better friction properties.

 

Drying sheeker.

Drying sheeker.

 

One of the prototypes, the sole is made out of paper.

One of the prototypes, the sole is made out of paper.

 

Models.

Models.

 

The shape of the sole ready to be casted. The shpae is made out of clay.

The shape of the sole made out of clay.

 

Initial research. An old rebook shoe, taken apart.

Initial research of sneakers. This is old rebook shoe, took apart.