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High-Concept Sneaker Fuses Leather With 3D Printed Plastic [Pics]

High-Concept Sneaker Fuses Leather With 3D Printed Plastic [Pics]
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A 3D-printed shoe that not only looks good, but can actually be worn.

Ross Brooks
  • 6 june 2013

In what seems to be an attempt to move away from 3D items printed for the sake of novelty, London-based designer Earl Stewart has come up with the XYZ shoe, an excellent combination of physical and digital elements.

Featuring 3D-printed components that aren’t merely garish, the designer describes them not as just 3D-printed shoes, but rather shoes that incorporate 3D-printed elements. It is actually wearable, being made of a material that accommodates movements, unlike previous printed shoes which were almost entirely hard plastic.

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While still just a concept, the shoes have attracted a lot of attention and with the right funding and manufacturing backing they could become a mass-market product.

Here are some pictures to help you decide if you would want a pair or not:

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