German brands Zvnder and nat-2 designed vegan and organic sneakers made from tree fungus

Nina Fabert, designer of mushroom-based accessories at Zvnder, and Sebastian Thies, founder of footwear brand nat-2, have teamed up to create vegan leather sneakers made from fungi. The shoes are constructed of a combination of the following materials: tree fungus, eco-cotton terrycloth, microfiber suede (made from PET bottles that have been recycled), authentic cork insoles and rubber outsoles.

Handmade in Italy by a small family manufacturer, the materials for these sneakers are created from the trama—the fleshy, inner part of a mushroom—of the tinder fungus mushroom, which grows on dead or weak birch and beech trees. Once it is peeled apart, the materials are then worked by hand. Not only are these vegan shoes organic, but they are also extremely soft and have a vintage vibe to them, thanks to the contrasting colors which are created from using both sides of the mushroom. Plus, the fungus material is anti-bacterial, anti-septic and chemical free.

nat-2 Zvnder

Nina Fabert, designer of mushroom-based accessories at Zvnder, and Sebastian Thies, founder of footwear brand nat-2, have teamed up to create vegan leather sneakers made from fungi. The shoes are constructed of a combination of the following materials: tree fungus, eco-cotton terrycloth, microfiber suede (made from PET bottles that have been recycled), authentic cork insoles and rubber outsoles.

Handmade in Italy by a small family manufacturer, the materials for these sneakers are created from the trama—the fleshy, inner part of a mushroom—of the tinder fungus mushroom, which grows on dead or weak birch and beech trees. Once it is peeled apart, the materials are then worked by hand. Not only are these vegan shoes organic, but they are also extremely soft and have a vintage vibe to them, thanks to the contrasting colors which are created from using both sides of the mushroom. Plus, the fungus material is anti-bacterial, anti-septic and chemical free.