ADAPTIV: THE CUSTOM 3D PRINTED BOOT

Brought to you by SOLS, this 5 layer boot is custom scanned and printed as an exoskeleton with the remaining inner layers utilizing air bags, sole and leather finishings. It will expand and tighten according to motion to optimize fit and is certainly a foot in the right direction…

3D Printing: The Evolution

The process of additive manufacturing is evolving very quickly and it won’t be long before the everyday consumer really feels the impact. For the moment, the novelty lends itself well to the luxury market, whether it’s a printed CAR, HOUSE or more modestly, the customizable Prada shoe! Clients can soon choose not only heels andContinue reading “3D Printing: The Evolution”

Zaha Hadid vs. UNITED: Let the Games Begin…

Recalling the work of italian futurist Umberto Boccioni, these creations are visionary. Hadid states: “I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions”. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.” Indeed. Made of chrome vinyl rubber and linedContinue reading “Zaha Hadid vs. UNITED: Let the Games Begin…”

Wrap It Up: The Studio Wrap by Nike

On the heels of (excuse the pun) Lululemon and other yoga-pilates outfitters, Nike has decided to get in on the action with studio based footwear. A hybrid between minimalist barefoot pads and ballet shoes, it is useful for those who do not want to go bare or use sweaty socks. After much research and many,Continue reading “Wrap It Up: The Studio Wrap by Nike”

The Empress’ New Shoes: Andreia Chaves

Working between Europe and Brazil, Andreia Chaves is a design consultant for several international companies. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Andreia Chaves’ work captured the attention of international media even before her graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy in 2010 with her 3D printinvisible shoe series. That is not a surprise…

Barefoot and Fancy Free: Freeheel Running Pads

In what has to be the ultimate in “MINIMALIST” footwear, these little numbers promise just that. In fact, “Freeheel Running pads” are designed and produced in Bavaria and won the ISPO 2012 product award. Supposedly improving lower muscle and coordination, it is essentially heeless, and keeps water and gravel out. Like most shoes, no? OneContinue reading “Barefoot and Fancy Free: Freeheel Running Pads”

Organically Modified: Janina Alleyne

Nominated for the 2012 Mulberry Accessory Award, these exoskeleton inspired- 3D Printed shoes by footwear designer Janina Alleyne are in a class all their own. Drawn from the intricate structure and silhouette of external skeletons of marine invertebrates, creatures and insects, the designs also expands the full capacity of 3D printing to incorporate the elaborateContinue reading “Organically Modified: Janina Alleyne”