Currently studying at SLEM, the international innovation and education institute for footwear, designer Ruben Lekkerkerker has come up with a brilliant and truly sustainable shoe that leaves zero waste material during development thanks to the shape of it’s upper patterns –
The panels of the upper are designed in such a way that they can be placed in a rhombus shape – Ruit in Dutch – leaving no cutting waste at all.
I found it very challenging to design the upper because everytime when I wanted to adjust the tongue, it had immediate impact on the rest of the design.
I also colaborated with dutch insole company PSB insoles, their insoles are made out of natural coconut fibres, natural rubber, hemp and organic cotton, providing a firm stance.
A beautiful example of how good design extends far past just the aesthetics, and can often save either yourself or your client a lot of money and time.
You can actually purchase this sample right now for €120, here.
Pictures by Sharieta Berghuis
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