It’s a sneaker geek’s worst nightmare: stepping on wadded up chewing gum and messing up the soles of your fresh new kicks.

The fine people of Amsterdam are fighting this common footwear concern with an ingenious creation: the first-ever sneakers made from recycled chewing gum.

Photo: Gumshoe Amsterdam
Photo: Gumshoe Amsterdam

Researchers at Gum-tec® discovered that gum is made from a synthetic rubber whose properties can be broken down to create an entirely new type of rubber. .

The team scours the streets of Amsterdam, where gum is the second most common form of litter after cigarettes. 3.3 million pounds of gum wind up on the city’s streets each year.

Just 2.2 pounds of gum are needed to make four pairs of these eco-minded kicks.

The “Gumshoe” will be available in bubblegum pink or black and red. Expect them to go on sale in June for US$232.