Video Of The Week — Ready For Some "Shoe-Shi?"

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Photo Credit :Yujia Hu via Instagram

Milan-based sushi chef Yujia Hu is making headlines with his innovative “shoe-shi” creations. The intricate works of art that resemble popular sneakers are made using strands of black seaweed called nori, sashimi, rice, and any other edible ingredients needed to recreate the streetwear it is being modeled after.

The China-born food artist, who works at his family’s restaurant Sakana, has created everything from Air Jordans to Vans to Supreme slides. Due to the incredible detail, every “shoe-shi,” takes between 20 to 30 minutes to make. However, the bite-sized masterpieces are not meant to be just admired – Hu intends them to be devoured just like normal sushi.

Photo Credit: Yujia Hu via Instagram

“I began creating onigiri art, at first, just for fun, but then I started being very passionate about it and love what I am doing,” says the 28-year-old who has gained worldwide fame since he began posting his work to Instagram earlier this year.

Hu’s creativity does not end with shoes. He has also used fish and rice to create replicas of a range of NBA superstars and internationally-renowned artists and actors, including characters from Star Wars and former US President Barack Obama. What’s next? The talented chef says, “I have been thinking about recreating the dragon of Game of Thrones, but I have to study it a lot because it’s pretty difficult, it has a lot of details.”

Resources: thrillist.com,time.com

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1635 Comments
  • smartek
    smartekMonday, April 6, 2020 at 9:49 am
    Its really cute and yummy
    • ailean99
      ailean99Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 3:09 pm
      I love SHOE-SHI you get it?
      • xdjonathan10
        xdjonathan10Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:40 am
        shoe shi looks cool i love sneakers
        • supercell_games
          supercell_gamesTuesday, March 3, 2020 at 4:55 pm
          Okay when they made gummy bears i freaked AND NOW THERES SHOE-SHI!!??
          • xxicewolvesxx
            xxicewolvesxxThursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:46 am
            Ive never tried sushi so...IM SCARED TO TRY SHOE-SHI ;c
            • whywhouldyou45
              whywhouldyou45Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:46 am
              do not be afraid just eat it thats how i learned
            • jilli_fono
              jilli_fonoTuesday, February 18, 2020 at 1:25 pm
              I'm sorry, raw fish ix not my thing, but it is really cool!!!👟+🍱=shoeshi
              • jmcaswell27
                jmcaswell27Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 12:53 pm
                I love sushi#yummmmmmm
                • traeheart77
                  traeheart77Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 7:17 am
                  Where are the Vans. You cannot say there are vans if you don't show us them. But i like the creation. Shoes + Sushi = Shoe-Shi. P.S. I hate sushi.
                  • violetlfrazier
                    violetlfrazierMonday, February 3, 2020 at 9:57 am
                    this is my favorite food....................I WANT THE SHOESHI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • dolphincorn
                      dolphincornSunday, January 5, 2020 at 7:16 am
                      That is so cool 👟➕🍣= shoeshi?