French fashion designer Dior has jumped into the innovative footwear space with its newly launched 3D-printed shoes. The launch, which includes a Derby and a boot, has been realized under the direction of Dior Menswear artistic director Kim Jones and head men’s footwear designer Thibo Denis.
While 3D printing has been in designers’ sights for years, this latest shoe, with its textural lattice-like surface, shows some similarities to adidas’ Futurecraft 3D running shoe launched in 2015. With Dior’s product, the full body of the shoe is transformed with a high-tech and lightweight three-dimensional patterning.
This newest line of 3D-printed shoes is a futuristic translation of the fashion house’s Carlo model. The team 3D scanned the Carlo Derby shoe and applied a digital texture to its surface. Once transformed in digital space, the new rendition emerges from a powder bed and receives final finishing touches. Unlike the originals, the new Derby shoes are closed with a quicklace system over their glossy black leather tongue tabs. The mid-calf boot version is laceless. Photo: Dior