JANUARY 2020 : Experimental workshop studying the use of sustainable materials in footwear design.
Through decennia the shoe industry has come up with new innovative ways of improving the process of both shoemaking and the shoe-fit. It is always looking for new ways of to attach uppers to soles, refining comfort in shoes, or making shoes more light weight by way of using new materials. Shoe production is a complicated and expensive process. Lots of 'hands' are needed, and quite often environmentally unfriendly glues, chemicals and other materials are being used. Therefore the future of shoemaking is in finding new materials and new ways of making. This involves using less glue, different techniques and constructions, using ‘clean’ sustainable materials and working with fair factories, taking care of your workers, etc.
During this experimental workshop questions were asked such as what the constructions and materials for shoe design of the future can be? How can we simplify the process of making? Can we make shoes that are actually bio degradable? At the same time pushing the limits of wearability, designing a sustainable and stylish product that looks and feels great.