I’m a bit obsessed with beautiful lines.
For this pair of shoes, I’m experimenting with ways of combining functional and non-functional straps. With the right material, I’m hoping that these will have a playful bounce as the woman walks along.

I used the sole design that I’d created on our 3d printer to test these out, but one could easily do a similar thing with a hacked pair of clogs.

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flattening out the pattern

Flattening out the pattern.

Oh, so busy. Both with work and fun stuff as well.

I don’t have time to write up all the details right now, but, go to my Flickr page if you want to get a preview of the steps I’ll be demonstrating at Maker Faire in a couple of weeks.

Prototyping is such a discipline. I was so tempted to use leather to try this out. Paper has similar stiffness so it did the trick. When in doubt, don’t buy/make anything.

There might be something here, but since I’m not that steeped in the fashion world, I’m sure this could have been done before. If anyone knows of something similar, please let me know. The idea is that the initial strap holds the foot and the rest are there as decoration. I’m pleased with the architectural aspects of it and I think there could be some interesting things that happen with the light on the different layers. The underside of the leather also has tons of possibility. I’m also curious how it will interact with the shape of the foot. This is going to yield some unusual lines.

Questions:
How comfortable will it be? How will it perform in action? Will it be playful? Annoying?

Learnings:
The paper was great. Just pinned it to the EVA blank. No glue, no waiting, infinitely modifiable. I need that.

Other thoughts:
I’m not really sure what I’m doing here. Just playing around trying to find something that is worth pursuing in more detail. Trying to come up up with something new is hard.

lasts from lodgerIf you are interested in shoes or entrepreneurship, this is a nice little interview from Style Salvage. Of course, I love it because I’m fascinated by shoes, and shoe making, but there’s also some interesting things they are doing to get by without following the typical business cycle of fashion production. Most notably, they release a shoe of the month. Not a mass release, but a custom shoe that they can test and tweak before investing in a full run. It’s great to see folks talking about their process of rapid product development/testing/iteration/prototyping because it applies to so many industries. How would you take what they are doing and apply it to pharmaceuticals? Banking? Real Estate? Would it work? Where would it break down?

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