Recently graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy, Martin Sallieres has been dropping teaser updates on the progression of his “Shoelab” graduation project via his Instagram page for the past few months.
Exploring new ways of manufacturing, Martin has been working on developing a way of 3D weaving a sneaker – “With this project I intended to explore new techniques of manufacturing footwear. I have been developing a 3d weaving technique, creating shoes from one material. By tweaking the properties of this material, I can play with density, flexibility, thickness. Very much like nature does. For example the structure of a tree is very different between the twigs and trunk and is still made from one material.” – Martin
This culminated in Martin creating “a mesh as a full polyurethane shoe inspired by the weaving techniques of spiders, with a constant back and forth movement along the shoe last.”
“The interesting part about the project was the process as every step that has been taken were determining the way that final pair will look. That is why in the ultimate presentation, every try-out and failure are shown along the finished product.” – Martin
You can see the progression of Martin’s “Shoelab” project, as well as some imagery of the final concept, below.
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