Trending In Shoes: Three Dimensional Printing, Transparency and Comfort by Kristine Upesleja, Madisons – Innovative Textiles & Materials Consulting

 3-D printing:  The 3 -D printed shoe made from Nylon. Lightweight and strong.  A new industrial revolution may be on the way.  The printing of products and clothing has the potential to transform manufacturing because it lowers costs and risks. No longer does a producer have to make thousands of items to recover fixed costs. Mass -manufacturing identical items may not be necessary, as 3-D printing makes customization possible. (LINK)


Transparency: Translucent leather has been used to make shoes. Made from faceted layers of the purest lambs that come from the killing fields in Southern France. Cut with a JCUT 1200 laser engraver, fountain pen and by hand. Sruli Recht’s collections are poetic conceptualizations by exploring intensively different materials. It’s a collaboration between nature and science, normally considered colliding forces. (LINK)



Translucent materials provide a visibility of the inner construction and product behavior. It gives the design a natural, organic look. (LINK)


Comfort Slide Sandal: ….from the 1990’s minimalism is making a resurgence both on streets and in magazines. The trend and demands for Deluxe Sports is huge. It is a bigger and bigger growing market.  Celine’s mink slide sandal speaks for itself.  Birkenstock’s have become trendy and fashionable for the deluxe customer, without any hippie-eco flair. (LINK)