Balenciaga high-heeled sneakers with fluid 3D-printed design show what the future of fashion looks like


Shoes, like cars, phones, and everything else, are limited by the technology they have. Amazonians dipped their feet in liquid rubber before woven fabric/canvas and treated leather became a reality. Crocs wouldn’t have been possible without injection molding, and it’s only now that companies like Adidas and Nike are experimenting with 3D printing – a technology that has just become an industrial reality. This Balenciaga concept high-heel shoe was designed by OJB Studio with potential future technologies in mind. “In this Balenciaga concept, [current] boundaries and manufacturing constraints were ruled out, freedom and imagination leading the way,” Ollie of OJB Studio told Yanko Design. “This process allows for a quick and efficient means of experimental aesthetic ideation, delivering rather wild, yet desirable designs.”

Designer: OJB Studio

The brief for the specific concept was to create a Balenciaga high heel for the near future, inspired by elements of a sneaker. It’s purely a visual exercise in determining what the future of fashion in the footwear industry will look like. Although high fashion tends to stray away from comfort and ergonomics, this particular concept is more of a visual exploration than an actual design. The shoes take on a rather fluid, almost alien-like form that feels like a nod to the modern shoe design often seen commercially with the Yeezy line of shoes. The hard plastic elements are wonderfully punctuated with woven fabric and even what looks like carbon fiber trim. “The use of various materials and textures added contrast to the heel overlay, helping to distinguish and highlight certain features, for example, hard flowing structures versus soft mesh fabrics,” Ollie said.

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