Sporting a feature called behavorial fit, 3D-printed shoes are reportedly more comfortable than traditional design

Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister of Education, Innovation and Science, commissioned industrial designer Troy Nachtigall, Leonie Tenthof van Noorden and fashion designer Pauline van Dongen to create footwear made to represent the future. They were tasked to focus on the twin tasks of innovative design and comfortable wear.

The end design, created to fit a replica of the Minister's feet to best match her stride and activity level, was 3D printed on demand for her to wear.

According to the designers—and backed by multiple trends in the footwear industry—personalized, 3D-printed shoes are the inevitable next step in shoe manufacturing. The shoes, reported to be more comfortable than other custom designs, resembles a modern take on the traditional Danish clog.

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