The scientists over at Thai-based Rayfish Footwear have spent the last decade raising stingrays and using the animals’ leather for shoes. Last year, they successfully manipulated stingray DNA to produce different leather colorations per a customer’s specific order.
According to Rayfish Footwear’s site:
Rayfish Footwear uses a patented process of bio-customization, which allows you to design your own living, transgenic stingray. Using the DNA on file in our genetic library, you can combine the skin patterns and coloration from dozens of different species. Access the richness of natural selection. Evolve an infinite variety of shoes.
At the Rayfish Footwear labs, nature has already done the design work for us. All we have to do is identify the genes responsible for color and pattern, and implant the synthetic ‘supergene’ cluster into fetal rays before they are born. As the ray grows and matures, it expresses the predetermined patterns on its skin.
Now that’s taking customization to a whole new level!
E-commerce isn’t available until later in the year and the shoes will cost around $1,800. You can currently enter a contest to win a free pair of kicks. If you don’t want to enter the contest, you can actually place a “serious” order via email, but prepare to spend between $14,800 and $16,200.
The concept is cool yet terrifying at the same time. Tell us, would you wear these stingray shoes?