Iguaneye claims to be the “world’s most minimal shoe.” The footwear is essentially a slipper made entirely of synthetic rubber. The idea is inspired by an Amazonian invention where the natives would dip their bare feet into the latex of a Hevea tree to form a protective coating for their soles.
The company originally wanted to use natural rubber for the shoes, but went against that after some careful researching. Oliver Taco, the designer of Iguaneye, explained that:
We first considered natural rubber for the main body. But when we realized that rubber comes from hardcore mono-culture in Indonesia, and that it must be protected from air by a huge quantity of ammonia, we decided to use synthetic rubber that is (in a paradoxical way) better for the environment.
The rubber shoes allow the feet to breath, and the insole is 98% naturally antimicrobial cork, which is more hygienic than fabric insoles. The shoes are also easier to clean and are durable enough to last a long time in any weather conditions.
Iguaneye can be pre-ordered for £40 via Kickstarter. Watch the promotional video below for more information: