Many designers have gone to great lengths to pursue “great” fashion, though hard science is rarely involved in the process. And there’s no precedent of genetic engineering going into manufacturing a handbag or shoes. But now one sneaker company has enlisted a team of geneticists to help create the eye-catching sneakers seen above…but there is a rather large ethical caveat to the situation.
Shoe company Rayfish Footwear designed the kicks, which are made with stingray skin. But they are going far beyond the age-old practice of just using animals in clothes, and are working on a program to embed patterns in stingray DNA. That way, the creatures will be born ready-to-wear. Rayfish’s site offers 29 patterns (which you can ostensibly mix and match using futuristic gene splicing), and the shoes will be available later this year. [via Fashionista]
Would you wear these, even if they were cheaper?