Which Shoes Should I Print For This Outfit?

I might be on a bit of a fashion kick. On Friday we saw personalized shoes on demand, and today a lovely dress project from a few members of our team here, and now a word from the Smithsonian Design Decoded blog on the future of 3D-printed footwear.

For example, feast your eyes on this pair of “Invisible Shoes” from Brazilian designer Andreia Chaves.

Invisible Shoes by Andrei Chaves

The post does note that many of the materials used in 3D printing may not be ready for prime time in footwear.

Most polymers used in 3D printers are too hard and inflexible to make a comfortable shoe, although fashion students and designers have not been deterred from producing them, if only for one lap down a runway.

That, right there, is awesome. Especially in the case above, the artist worked with what was available to push the limits of the design, and the design will drive the demand for the needed materials. This is truly a case where life will catch up to imitate the art.

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  • Charlton
    March 29, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Oh crikey, please don’t let my wife see them. She already has more shoes that a pro football team, she doesn’t need to see how she can print her own designs.

  • 3D printed shoes | HEY LAURENT IS HERE
    March 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    […] out shoes using cheap materials that only last for “one lap down a runway.” As Andrew writes on the Makerbot blog, “the artist worked with what was available to push the limits of the […]

  • Laird Popkin
    March 30, 2012 at 12:47 am

    So where are shoe designs on Thingiverse? ABS might be too rigid for traditional shoes, but it should be OK for flip-flops or Crocs-style shoes, right? Perhaps if you add a layer of moleskin or cork?

    Since everyone’s feet are different, it would have to be parametric.

    And even the replicator print area is a little small for adult feet, it would either have to be for kids or printed in two sections and connected.

    Hmmm, perhaps it’s time to get coding!

  • Invisible Shoes
    April 18, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    […] from Maker Bot Industries VN:F [1.9.16_1159]please wait…Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast) Tagged as 3D, Andreia Chaves, […]

  • burcu
    January 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    this design is really very nice..


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