Time to go fishing for a new pair of shoes?
RayFish Footwear is getting ready to launch a range of customizable shoes made from genetically engineered stingray skin! EEK!
If you think that's weird, you haven't heard the best part!
Sneaker freaks will be able to select their very own design online from 29 patterns that scientists will then grow directly on a stingray before it's slaughtered and skinned to make a pair of $1800 shoes.
Dr. Raymond Ong, the head honcho at RayFish Footwear, explained:
“We cannot breed any desirable shape or logo on the fishes, as our patterning process works by recording and recombining DNA of existing animals. Squares are for instance not possible, as the expression of the DNA on the skin doesn’t allow it. Also, the patterns that grow on the actual fish sometimes slightly differ from what you see in the design tool. Although it is almost perfect, we are still developing the mapping between the design tool and the DNA encoding further.”
Creepy, but also sad considering they post "sneak previews" (get it?) of baby stingrays swimming in their lab on Facebook.
The footwear company is already accepting orders for serious inquiries, but the official launch is scheduled for later this year.
We're sure PETA is going to have some
nice words to say!
Would U rock a pair of stingray kicks?!?
[Images via RayFish Footwear.]