In Brief

New York startup finds new solution in customizing corrective footwear.

Glamazons with aching feet can breathe a sigh of relief – New York-based industrial designer Kegan Schouwenburg has started Sols Systems Inc. to make bespoke shoes inserts using 3D-printing. All you would need to get a pair is a smartphone with a camera.

Currently, anyone looking for customized orthotics would have to endure a tedious process at the podiatrist, accept the possibility of human errors and pay upwards of $600. Sols is looking to change all that. To use Sols’ service, the client puts on a special striped sock provided by the company and the Sols mobile app will take hundreds of photos to generate a digital model of the foot in 30 seconds. This information is then analyzed by Sols and their 3-D printers will create stylish, perfect fitting insoles made of a new lightweight, anti-microbial nylon material – all for about $100. Those with clinical foot problems can also have their podiatrist use a web-based tool to make modifications. Sols even promises that their insoles will literally add a spring to your step by returning 75% of energy output.

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