United Nude's Float shoes are created
on a desktop 3D printer

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Footwear brand United Nude has designed a shoe that can be 3D-printed at home on a compact desktop machine (+ slideshow).

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

United Nude – the brand behind the 3D-printed shoes used in Iris van Herpen's fashion shows – worked with tech company 3D Systems to create shoes that could be built on a Cube 3D Printer.



The faceted printed element in the design forms a platform sole and upper for the shoe, which is small enough to be printed at home rather than on a full-size or industrial machine. Hand-cut rubber toe and heal supports attach to this central element.

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

"We designed the shoe in three parts that just simply link into each other, forming the final product," said United Nude founder Rem D Koolhaas. "The fact that the shoe is made out of three parts actually adds to the design."

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

Koolhaas claims that the shoes can be worn and walked in, but he admits that they might not be as comfortable as conventional footwear. Instead, the project aims to highlight the potential of the technology for shoe design.

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

"Even though this shoe is wearable, I don't think it's to be compared with any more conventional shoes in regards to comfort, but that's also not the point of this design," explained Koolhaas.

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

"This design is about creating something beautiful and interesting, and it's about experimenting, moving forward and about learning."

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

The shoes will be launched during an event at the brand's New York flagship store later today.

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

They follow a string of designs by United Nude that are made using 3D printing technology.

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

"We have been using 3D printing for the product development of our shoes ever since our first shoes, dating back to 2001," said Koolhaas. "Since then we have seen a massive evolution in 3D printing."

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

The brand's collaborations with Van Herpen have included 3D-printed designs that resemble tree roots, as well as pairs with fangs for bases, platforms with spikes between the sole and heels, and crescent-shaped boots.

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

United Nude rose to prominence after releasing the radical Möbius Shoe in 2003, which Koolhaas discusses in an interview with Dezeen.

3D-printed shoes by United Nude

  • Che

    Not long before we kill high street shops off once and for all. Viva la revolución.

    Please unravel my clumsy sarcasm.

  • SNP

    Why are 3D-printed shoes so ugly? Somebody send a 3D printer to Christian Louboutin!?

    • tom

      Because rich hookers should be able to print their own shoes.

  • Brad

    The problem for the rich (Louboutin) hookers is they wouldn’t wear 3D-printed shoes as they have no connection with innovation and neither does Louboutin himself. That’s why SNP’s comment is so out of touch with reality. But then again, for making such comments you need to be out of touch yourself too and simply not getting it.

    • tom

      Thanks for enlightening the both of us then, and for showing me that irony is never the answer.

      • Brad

        My pleasure…