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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…
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 and other modifications on certain styles but have their own initials engraved on the heel. Couture, 21st century style.
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 lined in Nappa with fibreglass platform and heel, no amount of comfort is lost. Available in bronze, gold, black and silver.
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, many prototypes, it is set for release come spring 13 for about $100 US. Cue the dreamy music…
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 invisible shoe. That is not a surprise.
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? One size fits all with adjustable straps too. Interesting but…the idea of running barefoot through mud, ice and straw as displayed on the site is one stride too far, at least for me. What is next, toe pads? We’ll see….
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 elaborate design and fluid architecture flawlessly in a neo Art Nouveau way.
MORE AT: Janina Alleyne
NIKE has come out with various innovations this past week, one of which is the astonishingly minimal series, FLYKNIT, utilizing the most homespun of concepts: CROCHET.
Not your ordinary needle and thread, this is a micro-engineered upper utilizing resistant yet pliable material ideal for continual wear. Four years in the R+D phase, it is a masterful innovation in minimalist footwear, not quite as reductionist as the Swiss protection sock but certainly perhaps more practical. The single layer construction whittles the weight down to just 34 grams for the upper for a total of 160 for the entire shoe! Now that’s FLY.
This parisian bootmaker has an impressive roster of clients that commission their particular requests with who is considered one of the industry’s best. A perfect example is his phenomenal derby CUT IN ONE PIECE WITH NO SEAM. Incredible. More at: Dimitri Gomez
On the heels (excuse the pun) of the barefoot trend such as Vibrams 5-fingers shoes come the Swiss Protection sock developed with Kevlar (of bullet proof vest origins) and laminated with PVC for further protection. Not for everyone but possibly the solution for a variety of water sports and such. Running on tacks and glass is probably not recommended.
It brings new meaning to casual and “socks with sandals” notoriety and may become as annoying as the ubiquitous Croc but comfort is obviously the new black. Enjoy.
See more at:Swiss Barefoot Co.
As a lover of Organically Modified Design, I could not help but be AMAZED by Victoria Spruce, the showcase designer at the Dezeen space in London. An RCA graduate, she has explored the mobius concept and utilized 3-D printing to boot in what I think is excitingly innovative.
Check out here website: VICTORIA SPRUCE
Here we watch her discuss her methods:
By Darren Quick
It may be a great form of exercise, but running is a high impact pursuit that places great strain on muscles and tendons. The stress it places on the body forces many runners to hang up their shoes and seek alternative, lower impact forms of exercise. Looking to take the pain out of running, a Swiss engineer set about creating a shoe that enabled the runner to land as soft as if running on sand, and to push off as if running in track shoes. The result is the the On Running Shoe – a shoe that incorporates a unique rubber ring into the sole design to provide a soft landing, while offering firmness and stability on push off.
According to the creators of the On running shoe, more than two thirds of runners eventually suffer some kind of minor or major injury. Although existing running shoes are designed to absorb the vertical impact, the foot is exposed to both horizontal and vertical impact when running. It is the horizontal impact that causes the most damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, and that’s what the On design addresses.
Today’s shoes are also built to stabilize, guide and control the foot in its movement. This means that the runner’s postural muscles become lazy and even degenerate. The idea of the On is to create a support system that actually activates the postural muscles.
The solution was a shock element consisting of a hollow circular piece of rubber that is able to absorb both the vertical and horizontal shock. Then, after landing the runner’s weight pushes the top and bottom of the element together and interlocking teeth on the inside surface of the element lock together. It is this locking that provides firmness for the push off.
Three-time world champion triathlete and six-time Ironman Olivier Bernhard, who was recovering from injury and was looking for a low-impact way to maintain his running fitness, heard about the shoe. He decided to get on board and ran thousands of kilometers helping test and refine the shoe’s design. It appears the extensive testing has paid off with the On Running Shoe taking out the Advansa Overall Award at the recent ispo BrandNew Awards.
The final design of the On Running Shoe will be unveiled at the International Trade Fair for Sports Equipment and Fashion (ispo), which takes place in Munich from February 7-10, 2010.
Quite possibly the most beautiful heels ever created come from a very young, talented designer (and pretty), Kerry Luft. An MA from Cordwainers, a BA honours from Northhampton College AND having worked with Lulu Guiness and Patrick Cox, it probably comes as no surprise.
The collection is inspired by Art Nouveau (one of my favorite decorative movements) and one that perhaps has a lot of resonance with today’s issues… Check her work out at: