Making of Zaha Hadid's NOVA shoes
for United Nude

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This movie documents the manufacture of Zaha Hadid's ridged metallic shoes for United Nude and shows someone walking in them (a bit).

Making of Zaha Hadid's NOVA shoes for United Nude

The folds of the Zaha Hadid-designed NOVA shoe, which mimic geological layers in four offset sections, are designed with 3D CAD software using a typical high-heeled boot as the base shape.

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The different elements of the shoes are formed using various moulding processes. "The platform and heel wedges are vacuum-casted fiberglass," United Nude founder Rem D Koolhaas told Dezeen. "The external upper is rotation moulded in vinyl and then chromed, and the outsole is injection-moulded rubber."

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The fibreglass pieces are hidden underneath the rubber when the shoe is assembled by hand, then the exterior is chrome plated in one of a series of metallic colours including green and pink.

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Finally, napa leather lining is slipped inside and a rubber sole is fixed to the bottom.

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Following our orignal story about the designs, we posted a round-up of shoes by architects including Jean Nouvel and Oscar Niemeyer.

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United Nude has also recently collaborated with Iris van Herpen to create a pair of 3D-printed shoes that look as if they're melting.

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In the last few days, an exhibition of Zaha Hadid's work that features an installation of glowing funnels has opened in Copenhagen and her cultural centre in Azerbaijan has been shortlisted for this year's Inside Awards.

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  • mmmhhh

    Another Koolhaas? That’s about the 10th that’s popped up over the past few years.

    • Ferrari

      Did you like the video and music?

  • Man

    Sorry to be negative but this just sums up what Ms Hadid does – superficial skin jobs (goes to put on flame suit).

  • Eddy2x4

    Calling Lady Gaga!

  • seth

    Very cool, I think the last sole is excessive but otherwise super slick and shows that one can walk in them.

  • T,.T

    Your Majesty, here’s a summer party gift from Dame Hadid.

  • Moses

    The Future is Now!

  • Paopao

    Unimpressed. What happened to good design?

    • Paopao

      Rumor has it that they come with orthopaedic health insurance.

  • http://ambientspectrum.tumblr.com Justin

    This video is far more interesting than the actual shoe.

  • bassel

    An open toe – or thong – version of this would make more sense.

  • Adrian

    I don’t think they look good as a stand alone design, but now that I’ve seen someone actually wearing them I have to say I really like them. It is almost a little embarrassing.

  • bored with it all

    Dezeen = Zaha Hadid PR channel.