A Fresh Take on Designer Heels Using 3D Printers

United Nude and 3D Systems brought together a collaboration from 5 creatives that made headlines at this year’s “Re-Inventing Shoes” exhibition at Milan Design Week. Debuting 3d-printed shoes that look more like sculptures than footwear, it took architects Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel, and Fernando Romero along with designers Ross Lovegrove and Michael Young a day to print the shoes using an sPro 60 selective laser sintering (SLS) machine made by 3D Systems using hard nylon and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). From the lattice work to the nature-inspired matrices, each novelty pair is an exploration on the limits of functionality and fashionable design.

Young Shoe by Michael Young

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Ammonite by Fernando Romero

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Flames by Zaha Hadid



Ilabo by Ross Lovegrove

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UNX2 by Ben van Berkel

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