Eugenia Morpurgo’s concept can be fixed and patched to create a personalized, sustainable product.
Eugenia Morpurgo, a graduate from the Design Academy Eindhoven, has developed the concept of “Repair It Yourself” (RIY) shoes that can be mended and patched for increased sustainability and personalization.
The canvas shoes are designed with a separate and reversible connection between the sole and the upper, facilitating the repair process. They also come with a specially designed kit for repairing the shoes and other products.
The activity of repairing is a form of re-appropriating control on our material world, allowing us to understand how things function and acting as a key tool for the consumer to control his post-consumption goods (waste). Shoes are one of those products that, with the rise of consumerism and mass production, evolved drastically from a completely repairable object; and the active social-economical structure that existed around shoe repair is slowly disappearing.