(Article reprint from AdditiveManufacturing.com)
A new concept sneaker revealed at Paris Fashion Week makes use of 3D printed TPU not just for the sole, but the entire body of the shoe — a consolidation that hints at how additive manufacturing might further streamline footwear production in the future. The Reebok × Botter shoe was engineered with the HP 3D printing team based in Barcelona and manufactured using the latter’s Multi Jet Fusion technology.
Taking design inspiration from the shell of the predatory murex snail, the shoe features a distinctly ridged sole and a laced upper. The pairs showcased at Fashion Week were hand-painted to complement the colors of the Caribbean Sea found throughout Botter’s FW23 collection.