We featured the super inspiring work of Laura Papp a couple years back, and now she’s back with a new concept flat/heel. The, ‘HEEL2’ project by Papp, is a series of four heels she’s designed that can be transformed from an 11cm high heel to a flat, with minimal effort.
Papp’s remained constant in her pursuit to created concepts that embed transformation into their construction. This time she’s utilized 3D printing to create the a structure that enables this transformation. As you may or may not know, 3D printed parts can be pretty unstable due to the layering of the print (often strong in one direction, and weak in another), so to keep the heels stable, Papp used a combination of triangles to buttress all the moving and flexible elements in the heel. Each shoe is also fixed into it’s final position with the help of magnets to ensure they don’t flap open and come apart while walking.
What’s also intriguing is that each of the four concepts move in different ways;
“In the first case the arms turn inside out along an axis and the heel components close on each other. In the second shoe’s case, a trapeze-shaped arm supports the heel. In the third and fourth shoe, the triangle flaps provide the stability in the heel, which are popped in the groove on the sole so this way they won’t move at all.” Laura
Of course the concept still has a little ways to go, but I love the ingenuity. Papp states that she’s planning on investigating further and pushing the concept forward into an actual product in the near future, as she believes it could be beneficial to women wanting to switch in-between flats and heels during their day, without having to change shoes.
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