Footwear brand United Nude has enlisted a group of innovative architects and designers to create a collection of sculpted shoes made entirely from a 3D printer, which will debut at Salone Del Mobile 2015 this week.
Teaming up with 3D Systems Corporation, as well as Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel, Fernando Romero, Ross Lovegrove and Michael Young, United Nude have produced five pairs of directional high-heeled styles, designed to push the boundaries of conventional shoe making. Each pair has been 3D-printed over the course of 24 hours using two different materials; hard nylon for the soles and the softer and more flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for the upper. An architectural influence runs throughout the range, drawing inspiration from fossilised sea creatures, flames and the structural formation by which a shoe is shaped around the foot.
The United Nude Footwear x 3D Systems collection will be on display at the Teatro Arsenale in Milan until April 19 – you can also follow the project on social media using hashtag #ReinventingShoes.