A man crafts a pair of sneakers using chicken feet 'leather' in Bandung, West Java. (JG Photo/Catur Nugroho)
Bandung's Chicken Feet Sneakers
BY :CATUR NUGROHO
MARCH 24, 2020
Bandung-born Nurman Farieka Ramdhany is a talented entrepreneur who makes fashionable shoes using an unusual material: chicken feet.
His father did the research for the family's idiosyncratic chicken feet shoes but it was Nurman who drew up the business plan and in 2017 started scaling up production under his Hirka brand.
Nurman collects 55 kilograms of chicken feet from five sellers in Bandung every day to make the Hirka shoes.
Though Hirka has produced everything from men's brogues to stilettos, the bulk of its production is now dedicated to sneakers.
Hirka produces only 70 pairs every month to keep quality high. Its line of chicken feet sneakers, which are starting to find international distributors, start from Rp 500,000 ($31).
This year Nurman plans to open the first Hirka pop-up store in Jakarta.