Footwear by Zaha Hadid for Lacoste



London architect Zaha Hadid has designed a range of shoes and limited edition boots for footwear brand Lacoste.


A leather strap on the limited edition version curls around the leg and is secured by a bi-stable, metal band at knee height for the women's boot or ankle height for the men's.


The leather is embossed with a pattern based on a grid wrapped around the shape of a foot.


Here's some more information from Zaha Hadid:



LACOSTE will launch the footwear capsule collection designed in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects in September 2009. The project was initially previewed in October 2008 during the Frieze Art Fair in London, and the exciting ‘work in progress’ exhibited there has now become a final design prototype poised for production.


The Zaha Hadid for LACOSTE footwear collaboration began with a digitized interpretation of surfaces with repeated patterns. ‘The design expression behind the collaboration with LACOSTE footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids,’ explains Hadid. ‘When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically. In doing so a landscape emerges, undulating and radiating as it merges seamlessly with the body.’


The digital landscape is translated into a tactile landscape by a series of metal plates depicting the desired wave pattern. These plates were subsequently utilised to apply a combination of heat embossing and debossing techniques to the calf leather, thus rendering the topography in relief. This resulting topography gradually emerges on the uppers as it curves around the top and exterior fascia of each shoe, and fades across the straps.


A 2D plan drawing of the 3D pattern is replicated on the sole of the shoe. The continuity and fluidity in the design are enhanced by the minimum depth of the sole and the seamless strap closure system. The limited edition closure system features a bi-stable snapping metal band encased in the leather strap at the upper-most end. This responsive band gently wraps and secures itself at ankle height in the men’s limited edition and at knee height in the women’s limited edition. The unique Zaha Hadid for Lacoste logo appears on the side of the heel and on the in-sock. The sleek and sophisticated black box which packages the product also bears an embossed version of the same logo. The women’s boots are available in black and purple, whilst the men’s come in black and navy.


This limited-edition collection of just 850 pairs will be available exclusively at such high-end boutiques as Colette in Paris, Dover Street Market in London and 10 Corso Como in Milan. The exclusive collaboration will be highlighted in store by a suite of bespoke material designed to compliment and enhance the themes and colours of the project.

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Posted on Wednesday May 20th 2009 at 10:51 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • ste

    after years of research in digital design and material and construction technologies here we come with a roman sandal in stain gloss and scripted patterns… i am truely amazed!

  • timponui

    you posted the entire article on the front page?
    is zaha paying dezeen? if shes not, she should be!

  • bananaman

    ste is a freakin fool, don’t hate greatness if can’t be great.

  • is there a fragrance in the works as well?

    “smell so very, very individual”

    i prefer the new developments in shoe design by Marloes Ten Bhömer….

  • calvin

    Austin Powers definetely, would love to have a pair of

  • nick the greek

    HAHAHA this is brilliant. I was wondering if anyone knows where i can get Zaha Hadid underwear…

  • @timponui: oops, that was a mistake! Fixed now


  • togon

    zaha hadid should try and have a go at designing a mouse, wonder how sleek can a mouse get?

  • I liked a lot more the solution she presented for Melissa. I know they are different clients, but for crissake! I really don´t find any fashion sense on this shoes, only design sense which is interesting but if you are selling to a fashion brand… I don´t know. I mean, to be avant-garde in fashion, you don´t need to be the most high-techy. This are only arguments that poped into my mind to be able to say that I don´t liked them at all.


  • gray

    It would be great if these worked like slap bracelets. Just saying. BTW does this look familiar?

  • 1v0

    Finally Rhino doing what it was designed for :-)

  • bernardo

    old concept old look I mean I love Zaha don’t get me wrong but she’ll never get the fashion touch
    she’s definitely a great architect a pretty good designer but fashion well it’s definitely not her story
    zaha focus on architecture please

  • lana

    lacoste is, indeed, putting a lot of effort to change the label’s approach. maybe its market is yelling for it!
    good on lacoste!

    good on zaha! anything is possible!

    and good on those who will splash a few hundreds to walk around town with such hi-tech soles.

    and by the end of the day i get annoyed with this “fine line blurry thing design versus architecture”. grrrr….

  • sc hu yl er

    It’s not s shoe until I see a foot in it.

  • Sand

    Zaha, please don’t believe what bernardo says.

  • Katsudon

    Don’t understand why so much negative comments about those shoes? I personally like it a lot. Maybe it’s my mojo speaking too loud? ;)

  • gmg

    Nice roman sandal ,would look good on Russel Crowe

  • Salvadore

    i think its really embarrassing. its like an 18 years old wanna be fashion bubble gum punk-rock chick designed this. sorry if i am being rude. i dont mean to but this is my opinion….. and i think if a amature would design something like this, everybody would find it really naive… because it is.

  • Manan

    this is ugly. i would never wear that !! !

  • Master Plan

    They would look a bit messy in the closet, n’est-ce pas?

    Not bad but I would rather see her design a really good building.

  • amsam

    I’m with sc hu yl er– I don’t hate Zaha (strong women get hated too much) but who can tell if it’s a good shoe if you can’t see it on a foot?

  • Приятно думать, что остались действительно блоги в этой мусорке рейтинга Яши. Ваш – один из таких. Спасибо!

  • Gabriel Splash

    Zaha Hadid is just a great designer….or let me rephrase, a great architect. The fashion thing just does not seem to work even though some people might find it interesting people who understand fashion as well as accessory design would not find this as nice or even nice at all. I’m sure most people who comment on loving this product will not buy it if it was selling for £100.

  • ANU’Z

    Zaha is the new female version, projection of a modern Da’ Vinci. She is a great inventor despite all..she has given a new face to the architecture world, and actually I say I’d rather prefer to buy her products than pradas or gucci-s or whatever. Finally fashion is being functionaly usefull.
    Love Zaha’s talent and the way she expresses her self. She is a living jenius and tradion of years 2000-ds.