Eight pairs of ‘nude’ shoes crafted from the excess skin of tubster Paul Mason are expected to break all records at a specialist vegan auction.
Suffolk-born Paul Mason was once hailed ‘the world’s fattest man’, but lost 160 kilos when his vending machine broke down. The rapid weight loss left him enveloped in loose folds of skin.
Now a leading designer has created the first vegan-friendly ‘leather’ shoes, from the excess material removed from Paul by New York surgeons.
“We managed to get two pairs of size 5s just from his left thigh”, said the creator, Brian Lichtenberg. “The leather is so soft, it’s really good quality.”
“There’s virtually no scars from where he’s scratched against barbed wire fences, although there are one or two stretch marks.”
Paul Mason will undergo further surgery in a few months’ time, which he’s hoping will produce enough material for up to four matching, vegan clutch bags.
“Obviously, Mr Mason is a finite resource so we don’t want to waste any of his man leather”, explained Lichtenberg. “Which is why I’ve used the offcuts to make vegan ‘beef’ jerky.”