BANDUNG, Indonesia (Reuters) – It sounds like a riddle – what feet can be used to make shoes to put on your feet?
A worker prepares a pattern for a Hirka shoe, made from the skin of chicken feet, at the company’s workshop in Bandung, West Java province, Indonesia, February 28, 2020. Picture taken February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
Nurman Farieka Ramdhany, a 25-year-old entrepreneur in the Indonesian city of Bandung, thinks he has come up with a cost-effective answer that promotes sustainability: skin taken from the feet of chickens.
A rubbery delicacy in many cuisines, including dim sum, chicken feet are covered with skin that has a similar texture and pattern to snake or crocodile skin.
Ramdhany’s father had researched these more exotic skins and recommended he try making shoes with chicken feet, which he started doing in 2017.
Now, Ramdhany and a team of five, including his father, produce shoes entirely or partially made from chicken feet in a labor-intensive…
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