German footwear brand 'thies' created a new, vegan-friendly and sustainable olive leather sneaker collection that makes the most of olive leaves leftover from a harvest.
The range of vegetable-tanned shoes offers styles for men, women and children thanks to a patented wet-green method for creating the alternative leather material. While the brand's footwear styles for children are entirely composed of olive leather, the versions for adults boast rubber outsoles and vegetable-tanned, chrome-free lining. Despite the color olive being associated with dark, earthy colors, the sneakers from thies are available in a range of colors.
A range of fashion and sneaker companies are now experimenting with the creation of unique leather alternatives and sustainable materials, including everything from apple leather heels and mushroom leather handbags to sneakers created from repurposed coffee grounds.