This Concept Lets You Design Your Own Biodegradable 3D Printed Sneakers
Shoetopia is a design project looking to become a reality, which would enable people to create their own unique pair of shoes through just their phone
Online shopping is taking a whole new meaning with Sheotopia, a concept design project by two Polish students Barbara Motylińska and Zuza Gronwicz. Shoetopia lets you customize and order 3D printed sneakers using an app.
With over 20 billion pairs of shoes manufactured every year and with 150 million of them populating the landfills each season, the Polish duo decided to create an alternative, sustainable model for production and distribution. Ordering fully compostable and functional shoes does not need to be costly or complicated.
The app comes equipped with a foot measurement application and online footwear wizard which lets users customize individual elements. After the design phase is over, the algorithm creates a personalized print file ready for purchase and which can be taken to the nearest 3D printing center. The execution of the model does not require glue or knowledge of sewing techniques. This is possible as the designers developed a special method of printing directly on wool and cotton, making the shoes both more eco-friendly and breathable.
Creating the sole came with its own challenges. In order to keep it light, flexible but also durable, the designers created a special parametric openwork structure which can be adjusted to different feet shapes. This solution is also the most cost-effective.
Shoetopia is a thesis project for the Acadamy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Poland, but the design duo is currently working on turning it into their own business.