Shoes that can Rot!

Earthbaked - Biodegradable footware - Light weight, affordable, 90 day footwear created with a "return to sender" design philosophy. Strengthen feet, earth, and conscience.

Once again we’re going to save the environment by making (and shipping) products that are disposable.

The project page makes a big deal about how the soles of normal shoes take a thousand years to biodegrade, but I honestly don’t see why that’s a big deal. Modern landfills are completely sealed in plastic. Even things that do biodegrade are not allowed to return to the ecosystem. So what difference does it make? (They do this because people throw away things they’re not supposed to. Like batteries.)

Are these shoes biodegradable enough to put in a compost pile? I could almost see how that would be important to some people. Suspiciously, he doesn’t mention.

So what’s the big advantage? Why would I want to replace my normal, real shoes, with these wool slippers that will probably fall apart?

Well, he makes a really big deal about how cheap they are! Super cheap shoes would actually be a good thing. Let’s see :

Earthbaked shoes on the left, Payless ShoeSource on the right.
Earthbaked shoes on the left, Payless ShoeSource on the right.