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FISHY FOOTWEAR SCALES FASHION SCENE

A team of British cobblers has launched a new concept in fashion footwear - fish-skin shoes.

The shoes, featured in Tuesday's Times newspaper, are made from byproducts of the Scottish salmon industry using a secret tanning process to toughen the scaly skins.London-based shoemakers Lori Duffy and Nicky Lawler said the fish hide resembled snakeskin and was just the thing for the well-heeled, environmentally conscious consumer.

Each pair of fish shoes takes around four skins and is put together using special glue.

Now Duffy and Lawler are looking at ways of turning other fish into footwear. "You can get quite a big cod," said Duffy. "Tuna would also be good as it is quite a huge fish."