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United Nude: Reinventing Footwear With 3D Printing

United Nude: Reinventing Footwear With 3D Printing

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Updated: 12 January 2017
After its amazing launch in Milan and New York, the Re-Inventing Shoes project has now arrived to London for Fashion Week and the London Design Festival. Leading footwear brand United Nude and 3D Systems – the inventors and leaders of 3D printing – have joined forces for a major collaboration project and exhibition, which is currently being held during London Design Week at their Flagship store, 13 Floral Street, Covent Garden.
YOUNG shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE
YOUNG shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE

A select group of five of the world’s leading architects and designers are exploring and challenging 3D printing technology by designing 3D-printed ladies’ high heels: Ben van Berkel (UNStudio), Zaha Hadid, Ross Lovegrove, Fernando Romero, and Michael Young.

ILABO shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE
ILABO shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE

The Re-Inventing Shoes project is about exploring and pushing the boundaries of this rapidly developing technology by creating shoes with the largest amount of sculptural freedom. The production method uses the highest quality of 3D printing (Selective Laser Sintering) in a hard nylon and all-new soft rubber material. United Nude have figured out a way to combine harder and softer 3D printed parts in order to create fully functioning shoes. Each shoe will be available as an up to 50-pair limited edition.

FLAMES shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE
FLAMES shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE

A story that started with a broken heart, architect Rem D Koolhaas (not to be confused with his uncle, the world-famous architect) tried to get back his girl by downsizing architecture to its most venerable scale: that of a woman’s foot. In 2003, together with seventh generation shoemaker Galahad Clark, United Nude was launched.

AMMONITE shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE
AMMONITE shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE

Turning dreams into reality, their first shoe ‘the Mobius’ was developed with the guidance of the great Sergio Rossi and technical shoemaker Maurizio Martignago in Italy. Ever since, United Nude has become the iconic brand at the intersection of fashion and design, creating products that are about clear concepts, elegance and innovation.

UNX2 shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE
UNX2 shoe | Courtesy of UNITED NUDE

While available in over 50 countries worldwide, United Nude has its own stores in Amsterdam, London, New York, Vienna, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.