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United Nude unveils its 'Float' footwear at its flagship store in New York City

Are these 3D-printed shoes made for walking? Short answer: nope. They are certainly wearable, albeit plastic isn’t the most comfortable material, but women have worn worse for fashion’s sake.

Introducing the 3D printed United Nude ‘Float’ Shoes. The shoe brand teamed up with 3D Systems and launched the shoes at its flagship store in New York City in August. Nestled in its NoHo retail space, United Nude now houses a 3D Systems Cube 3D Printer with an interactive touchscreen console that lets consumers tinker with customized color designs and then print shoes in store. It’s like a dreamlike vending machine, here to dispense geometric plastic shapes which can then be puzzle pieced together into the footwear of the future.

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