Students of Stockholm's two most prestigious design schools have collaborated to produce these awe-inspiring, full-wearable shoes, 3D printed in polyamid.
Naim Josefi and Souzan Youssouf, of Beckmans & Konstfack respectively, designed and modelled the shoes for Selective Laser Sintering (the one with all the powder and the lasers) and produced five pairs for Naim's "Melonia" collection, shown during Stockholm Fashion Show earlier this month.
The concept for the shoes call for further exploration in ever-developing rapid prototyping processes. The pair envisage a world in which we could produce and recycle such objects in a closed loop.
Photo above by "Sonny" - fantastic photos of the shoes, the show and much more on his website here.
Naim's homepage is also well worth a look for fashion lovers.
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The shoes are completely made with SLS (selective laser sintering) and finished with different coatings. Head Over Heels was first shown at the Schoen3 exhibition in Eindhoven, the Netherlands on 4-13-2006. It was first published by Frank Piller: http://mass-customization.blogs.com/mass_customization_open_i/2006/10/footwear_custom.html.
What's interesting about this project is that Bergmans came up with an ingenious way to really make a functional shoe using 3D printing, which was also the purpose of the project. Head Over Heels includes a hidden hinge in the sole that allows the shoe to move along with the foot as you walk. That's vital because the polyamid is hard as stone and can not be bent in more than one direction. For the same reason, Head Over Heels closes around the cone of the foot in an embracing manner, allowing the hard material to naturally shape with the foot.