I’m always thrilled to see folks pushing the boundaries for footwear. Marloes ten Bhömer is doing just that. The shoes are beautiful. I’m such a sucker for simple lines in footwear. I also love the rebelliousness of using vegetable tanned soling leather as the upper as well. The carbon fiber seems a bit of stretch, but I’m grateful for the attempt.

I haven’t been building as much as I’d like to lately so I’m trying a new schedule. Up at 6 (or 6:30) and I’m going to give myself 2 hours to work on shoes. This morning I started by playing around with material. Just cutting grooves into EVA foam to see how it responds. Eventually I ended up here.

The idea is to create a structure (with the stays) that would support a very lightweight and loose fitting boot. The sandal type strap across the forefoot would provide a snug fit.

I’m not sure if this will go anywhere, but I could see it having the potential to play around with some very unusual profiles without sacrificing the fit of the shoe.

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