As part of its sustainability efforts German fashion brand Hugo Boss has developed a new menswear shoe produced with Piñatex, a natural-based material made of pineapple leaf fibres.

The project is part of an ongoing commitment to innovation across the company's offering as well as a continuous search for more sustainable ways to design, source, produce and finish its products.

The upper of the shoe is made from Piñatex, an innovative natural-based material manufactured from pineapple leaf fibres by British company Ananas Anam. Harvested as a byproduct of existing agriculture, the leaves require no extra resources to grow, furthermore providing farming communities with an additional income.

In combination with a recycled TPU sole, the shoe is 100% vegan and coloured using natural plant dyes as part of Hugo Boss' aim to design a product that makes a minimal impact on the planet.

Available in four colours, the shoes are presented in a fully recyclable and biodegradable paper box, made from 100% recovered fibre, and will be sold in selected Boss retail stores and online.

Last month, Hugo Boss outlined a series of new sustainability goals, including plans to up its use of sustainable cotton, reduce the use of chemicals in its products, and to make a significant contribution to five of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).