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3D Printed Shoes * by Zaha Hadid and more famous designers


Almost everyone wants to stand out, either with his personality, hairstyle and in other cases the outift. Today, new advances in technology have become fashion trend, a concrete example of this is seen in the 3D printing.

Try to think of it this way: 3D printers build things by depositing material, typically plastic or metal, layer by layer, until the prototype or final product is finished. When the design is downloaded into the printer, a laser creates a layer of material and fuses it. Then it adds another layer and fuses it, other layer, and other…until the object is completed.

One of the leading brands that are using this technology in its parts is Untes Nude. The brand is one of the highlights in the Milan Design Week. Untes Nude, founded by Rem D Koolhaas, and in creative partnership with five genious architects and designers are created this sculpturals shoes made all on a 3D printer that are blowing the mind of the fashion world.

What makes 3D printed shoes so exciting for consumers is that the shoes are tailored for each person’s unique feet. In others words, exist people with a very particuar size of feet and finding shoes for wide or thick feet is difficult so, 3D Printing solves all this.
Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel and Fernando Romero, and designers Ross Lovegrove and Michael Young, were the artists chosen to create sculpturapairs of women’s shoes using 3D printing.

“We want to push the technology but I also wanted to push the silhouettes,” Koolhaas “I also wanted to create conversational pieces and shoes that are not necessarily for everyday wearing but really are beautiful pieces and conversational pieces, almost like art.”

Zaha Hadid


Each pair was created using two different materials: the soles were printed in hard nylon, while the uppers were formed from thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is softer and more flexible.

Ben van Berkel

UNStudio founder Ben van Berkel designed his grey footwear to a “hoof” due to the shape of the curvaceous shell. “We started off by thinking about how we could work with the idea of verticality and how you can extend the length, especially if you see it from the back,” Van Berkel .

“They are very easy to walk in,” said Van Berkel. “We made a strong construction inside the shoe so that whenever you walk on it you feel stable.”

Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero, Mexican architect created a red Ammonite shoes, based on the spiral shells of fossilised sea creatures. The shoes are on display inside an entirely black room with no daylight at the Teatro Arsenale in Milan until 19 April.

Ross Lovegrove

British designer Ross Lovegrove worked with Grasshopper software expert Arturo Tedeschi to create her pair of shoes. “I’ve gone for extreme verticality,” said Lovegrove, who designed the upright elements of his green Ilabo designs to be as thin as the machine could manage.

Michael Young


Hong Kong-based Michael Young designed the black young shoe .

“It’s actually comfortable to wear although it doesn’t look like it… I just wanted to take a completely different approach to the way we normally work and just embrace that sculptural aspect.” Each pair of shoes is contained in a glass case on top of a podium, all raised up on a platform and illuminated with ceiling-mounted spotlights.

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Of course, this technology is not just for fashion-forward people seeking the latest trends in shoes. It also has a therapeutic application. SOLS Systems, the maker of custom, corrective orthotics, is using 3D shoe printing to make orthotic shoes that alleviate a patient’s foot pain and improve comfort. In the process, they are taking the orthotic scanning and prescription process from archaic and sterile to tech-savvy and fashionable. And because the shoes are custom made, patients experience a high level of engagement with the product, while podiatrists enjoy a higher conversion rate at the point-of-sale.


Additionally, athletic shoemaker Nike has introduced its new Nike Vapor Ultimate Cleat American football boot, which combines 3D knitting (what Nike calls its proprietary flat knitted Flyknit technology) and 3D shoe printing to give players an athletic shoe that delivers both lightweight speed and strength. By integrating 3D knitting with 3D shoe printing, Nike is giving athletes shoes that have a second-skin, sock-like fit that adapt to each individual player’s foot as well as to his style of play, helping athletes perform at their highest level. For athletics, 3D shoe printing is definitely a game changer.

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