The hemp and cotton will degrade within a couple of months in regular potting earth. The plastic has been tested to break down within 6 months in an ideal environment, but this varies with the type of soil, the temperature and humidity they’re buried in. So once you have them, get out testing and send us your findings! (be sure to wear ‘em first though..)
Will they melt if I walk in the rain?
No of course not! They will get wet and dirty just like any other pair of shoes, but you will still have shoes on at the end of the day.
What if I have sweaty feet? Then you may run the risk of sprouting dandelions from in between your toes..
Will the shoes really sprout flowers?
Well if you follow the instructions, you should have a fiery bouquet of wildflowers growing out of your shoes within days! We would like to take this opportunity to mention that burying OAT Shoes in public -or other people’s- grounds is completely at your own risk. Not everyone is going to understand the sacred ritual of your sneaker funeral you know..
What type of seeds do the shoes contain?
They’re a collection of wildflowers like Black Eyed Susans, Catchflies, Corn Poppies, Snapdragons and Sweet Alyssums.
Where are the seeds hidden? The seeds are embedded in the ‘seedsheet’, which is a sheet of paper sewn into the tongue of the shoe.
Where are the shoes available?
You can buy OAT Shoes in selected retail stores in the Netherlands and Belgium. For a list go to the dealer-page. OAT Shoes are also available for shipping within the EU, through the webshop.
Where are the shoes made?
OAT Shoes are made in Bulgaria at a family-owned factory where the workers get a fair pay and decent working conditions.
How long does shipment take? This depends on where in Europe you live. Check the service-page for the list of countries we ship to, the cost and the estimated delivery time.