3D-Printed Custom Sandals Are Measured Through An App
Advances in 3D printing and digital mapping allow Wiivv to offer custom-fit sandals at an affordable price, which shoppers can order from anywhere
Searching for the perfect sandal can be a fruitless endeavor. Many mass-produced sandals are made of questionable material and their poor arch support can end up causing the wearer discomfort. Wiivv is out to offer customers the perfect fit using 3D printing.
The company started in 2017 with an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign. The app-based customization process is very simple. With just four pictures taken by a smartphone, “each foot is digitally mapped using more than 200 points to understand arch contours, foot length, width and volume, and toe spacing.” The custom fit sandals come deeply cushioned to provide comfort and shock absorption throughout the day.
Style is also an important consideration as the sandals come in many colors with adjustable straps that can be changed out to give a different look. The company also offers custom insoles which can be placed in any kind of shoe.
The process through which Wiivv sandals are ordered speaks to the rapid advancement of 3D printing technology, which could make custom apparel more affordable and accessible for consumers. Once ordered, the footwear is shipped out within 10 days and the app-based measurement provides shoppers the convenience of not having to get sized in person. The sandals begin at $129 and are available now.