Accessories Fashion

Instant Shoes! Just Press Print

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By Diane Small

We’ve all been there: shopping for shoes, and none seem to fit quite right.

 That platform shoe is so heavy it falls off your foot when you move; those strappy sandals are gorgeous but are strangling your baby toe.  Czech designer Pavla Podsednikova found a solution to these problems–create your own footwear through technology that allows for a perfect fit.
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Specifically, for her graduate project at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, she scanned her feet with a 3D program, used ABS vacuum shaping and carbon filter laminates, and voila–shoes molded for her foot only were printed out.
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3D printing of accessories in on the vanguard of a new movement in slow fashion. The main eco-concept here is zero waste–when creating something that’s individually tailored and ordered, there is no unsold stock and no scraps leftover from production; individual components are unnecessary, as the shoe is made without soles, clasps, or adornments.
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Almost an organic extension of the foot, 3D printed shoe styles can be chosen from catalogues found on line, or created by the individual herself:  “In times of mass-production of everyday items, I feel the need to find a way back to their customisation and individualisation,” the designer says.
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Currently, such production of shoes is extremely limited, but like Podsednikova, we’re sure ‘Instant Shoes’ is a concept whose time has come.
Diane Small

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