3D printing in fashion is certainly on the rise, from the likes of Iris Van Herpen, to Shapeways and Makerbot – but as far as footwear goes, the everyday 3D printed shoe has yet to be innovated with this new technology. Until now.
JS Shoe have designed what is claimed to be “the world’s first 3D printed knitted shoe”, as stated in their Kikstarter campaign. The striking textured design is flexible and cheap to manufacture, allowing for mass production. Not only that, but the JS shoe has a customisation service that allows you to mix and match styles using a special ‘buy one buy one’ policy. Buy an identical pair, or purchase one shoe at a time, creating the perfect combination to represent your individual style.
“Knitting machinery knits shoes in a 3-dimensional method to produce the exact amount of materials for each shoe, ridding of any waste of material.”
It’s unique, lightweight knitted structure, which is designed on computer and printed through a knitting machine, means that the shoe has minimum layers involved. All it needs is a knitted upper, upper sole and cushion, perfect for practical use, also allowing it to be worn in comfort without socks, making it the perfect summer staple.