Repair It Yourself by Eugenia Morpurgo

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Repair It Yourself

The soles and uppers of these shoes separate easily so you can repair them yourself.

Repair It Yourself

Created by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Eugenia Morpurgo, the canvas footwear is assembled with reversible, mechanical fastenings rather then the usual stitches or glue and comes with a repair kit.

Repair It Yourself

The Repair It Yourself project might be handy if the cobblers in your area have already gone out of business but it's bad probably news for those who haven't.

Repair It Yourself

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Here are some more details from Eugenia Morpurgo:


I'm an italian designer just graduated at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Social Design master program.

Repair It Yourself

I'm sending you my graduation project: Repair It Yourself, a concept of shoes designed to be repaired.

Repair It Yourself

The activity of repairing is a form of re-appropriating control on our material world, allowing us to understand how things function and acting as a key tool for the consumer to control his post-consumption goods (waste).

Shoes are one of those products that, with the rise of consumerism and mass production, evolved drastically from a completely repairable object; and the active social-economical structure that existed around shoe repair is slowly disappearing. Shoes, both crafted and industrially manufactured, are almost always assembled through irreversible connections, stitching and/or gluing. This means that components such as the sole and the upper, although commonly made of two very different materials, are inseparable. Throughout use, shoes are worn and damaged both in the sole and in the upper.

Repair It Yourself

These shoes are designed with a reversible connection between the sole and the upper, allowing the repair process to be more transparent in relation to the material the individual component is made of. This project brings back in the hand of the consumers tools and knowledge for repairing.

The shoes come with a repair kit specifically designed for them, but which can also be used to repair other goods in the house.

Repair It Yourself was shown in the masters graduation galleries at the design academy Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2011."

  • ned

    poor mans newson.

  • omri

    beautiful and smart. love the cow-fur pattern created by using the patches!

  • http://www.ragnewyork.com Alex

    good concept. i'd be surprised if more than a handful of DIY-ers jumped on board though

  • http://www.originofcool.com David J Lowe

    I love this idea and the theme of sustainability. It kind of reminds me of repurposing where companies are taking junk and turning it into cutting edge design or fashion. In this economy, it will be a winner.

  • bruce

    nice looking shoes… sure it would be good until you get dirt or water leaking in through the gaps in the material. The thing is – even if soles on normal shoes ARE damaged, you can still get them repaired. Quite easily. I would question the benefit of having three separate items manufactured and stored individually, as opposed to having shoes assembled in one place and shipped as one item.

  • pionimero

    Finally a real project for real people. I would love to see shoes and kit being sold into my closer Camper store.