United Nude take shoes to new heights

Last week United Nude unveiled some staggering innovations in footwear. Teaming up with architect Zaha Hadid, the boundary-pushing brand launched a pair of futuristic-looking chrome-plated shoes with 16.5-centimetre cantilevered heels.

The limited-edition NOVA shoe is the first to employ rotation moulding in its manufacture – a method by which a softened material is rotated on a perpendicular axis throughout the cooling and curing process. It also uses injection moulding and vacuum casting.

The metallic chromed vinyl rubber upper is lined with kid leather while the outsole is rubber and the platform and hidden heel are fibreglass.

Take a look at the fabrication process HERE.

“I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions,” explained Hadid. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.”

The shoes were launched last week at the L’Eclaireur store in Paris, the same day that United Nude presented a 3D printed shoe designed by fashion designer Iris van Herpen during Paris Fashion Week.

United Nude founder Rem D Koolhaas worked with van Herpen to create a dozen pairs of the shoes, which look like tree roots, for the Wilderness Embodied show.

“Iris is very dramatic with her concepts and the shapes she wanted were only possible with 3D printing – they are almost like a sculpture on your feet, mimicking nature,” said Koolhaas.

To read more on the United Nude collaboration visit, dezeen.com

To read more on Iris van Herpen’s 3D printed shoes (below), visit deezeen.com

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