Project Boxer is a sneaker/shoe design and construction project as part of my graduate studies at SLEM Institute in Waalwijk, The Netherlands. The concept is based on the idea of using only leather waste to create a shoe. Not only scraps but the smallest pieces that are easily thrown away due to defects, or being off cuts or just not being the right shape. The shoes were constructed through a sustainable method of of using leather waste for the entirety of the shoe, with minimal use of glue. From the outsole, down to the filler padding within the tongue of the shoe, it is entirely made of leather meant for the trash (except for the outsole). To start I went into researching how this shoe could be accepted aesthetically through my anticipated selected material. When I was growing up I was know as a scrappy ballplayer. Being the smallest on the court most of the time pushed me to play harder to compete with some of the bigger, stronger, faster guys I played with. I took this mentality and put it into an aesthetic within a boxing shoe. A scrappy fight within boxing is someone who can last a while, take a lot of punches, and still go the distance for the victory. There is my aesthetic and drive right there. I then looked into art and design projects and collections to as well as shoes that had already been produced to see if this made sense to make. Within the previous project I had made, I had succeeded in using all leather scraps to form a shoe but at the same time it failed because I used too much industrial strength toxic glue. My goal then became to still make a better scrap shoe (boxing shoe) while using as little glue as possible. During this time I also did research on less toxic, biodegradable glues. To get a feel for the structures we would be constructing that week, we deconstructed shoes. Mathieu Hagelaars of Studio Hagel came through our studio and he was kind enough to answer some of the questions I had and give me feedback on the previous project. So then we began to take apart shoes and build them back up. First I made a sneaker dress shoe. Then I made a sneaker boot before settling on wanting to make a boxing shoe, developing the pattern by taking apart an old rain boot. Along with creating the pattern for the shoes, I needed to find a place to source my materials. SLEM has a skiving machine that designers and craftspeople use to thin edges of leather; this would be my material source. I also collected the dust from the machine itself. At the time I wasn't sure what I would specifically use the materials for but I knew I was going to use them. I ended up stitching strips of skived leather together to form the upper, pairing the strips with other pieces of scrap leather. After constructing the upper I then began to experiment with the dust from the machine that i collected. I found that the dust was soft and acted like a padding and figured it would make a good filler. I also experimented with particles from the industrial sander which contained leather particles, wood particles, along with a mixture of other little bits of whatever people were sanding. I then added water to this mixture to blend the materials together and then had two experimental fillers. The one containing wood particles was heavier than needed for this shoe so I opted to go with the filler just containing leather dust. It provided a softer cushion. The shoes is an experimentation on what shoes out of leather waste can look like. Through smart, specific material sourcing and different design thinking methods, sustainable design will no longer be labeled under sustainable design. Sustainable design is just good design.