The Future of Footwear? Wild, Printed High Heels

When it comes to the future of footwear, you might just be looking at it. Using the exoskeletons of marine invertebrates, fantasy creatures and insects as the inspiration for her appropriately named Exoskeleton collection, Janina Alleyne has 3D printed some near impossibly complex heels very deserving of the term haute couture. The many layered construction of her artistic (and questionably functional) pieces make normal shoes look positively simple in comparison: printed lacing holes, floating top-sole elements and a plethora of near impossible to mold elements highlight the fantastic, if a bit creepy shoes.

So what does this mean for the future of feet? Could we see shoes custom formed to exactly the shape and size of our feet in the near future? Will bespoke shoe makers adopt 3D printing technology to create one of a kind art pieces for wealthy clients? Or, will we simply be printing them at home? The possibilities are temptingly close at hand, or if you will, at foot.

Janina Alleyne is a talented Shoewear Design student at De Montfort University in the UK. She has been nominated for the 2012 Mulberry Accessory Award. To see more of her work, see her profile on Coroflot.


Benjamin Starr

Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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