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Flames Shoes for United Nude

Informed by the flickering light of fire, the Flames shoe is the most recent collaboration between Zaha Hadid and United Nude. 3D’ printing a shoe demands specific structural properties that can result in very solid and heavy design. The challenge is to design a shoe that meets these structural requirements for 3D’ printing, whilst also retaining the intricate precision and fluidity of Hadid’s ouvre.

Flame-like bands originate from the point of the heel, rising upwards to gently embrace the foot, while the ergonomically optimised footbed provides comfort and support. The sculptural sensibility and experimentation of Hadid’s architectural language and United Nude’s expertise in manufacturing the most innovative designs has embodied the shoe with the essence of fire – delicate and ephemeral, yet compelling and dynamic.

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