- February 24th, 2016
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3D Printed Feetz Shoes Are Ready for Launch with Feetz 100
The Feetz 100 is a name for the historic launch of the first 3D printed footwear available on the market. It’s a revolution when it comes to footwear creation because it will be a way for many manufacturers to easily make all types of shoes that will be custom-made for each consumer. There are many high-profile companies out there that already use 3D printing technology to make certain parts of their shoes, but these fully 3D printed ones will be the first to be released to the world.
Lucy Beard, the founder of Feetz said, “We’re on a mission to revolutionize footwear so that every shoe is made custom fit for you using your smartphone and a 3D printer. It not only solves the problem of great fitting shoes, but is also a more sustainable way to make shoes – reducing our carbon footprint with our additive manufacturing and recyclable materials.”
Don’t be fooled; the shoes that Feetz is going to release don’t actually have looks that would change how people would see footwear from now on. In fact, they look pretty ordinary. When you think about 3D printing, you might imagine cheap plastic material that will most likely scratch your ankles or break down after a few uses.
But the Feet shoes don’t have those kinds of things. What they have is a material that is flexible, durable and springy when it comes to the insole. When you look at the textures of the material, that’s where you would actually see the difference. Print lines are present, making it a clear reason to think that Feetz shoes are actually 3D printed. But a technology called FlexKnit will go all the way in order to mask that 3D printed look and feel of a shoe.
“FlexKnit is a totally unique way to mimic knitting, but without all the current waste in traditional shoe manufacturing – there is no shoe last and no excess material cut away or wasted,” Beard says.
Feetz has a mission to show people that fully 3D printed footwear won’t necessarily look awkward or impractical when worn for daily activities. The company is ready to provide the first 100 people with the chance to wear shoes that are going to spearhead the transformation of the footwear industry. Beard and her creative team would ensure the quality and efficacy of these shoes to the people who are lucky enough to get a pair when they launch. The Feetz shoes are entirely made in the U.S. and the materials used would allow “sustainable manufacturing.” The 3D printed footwear also has recyclable materials in its form, making it a good module to advocate environmentalism.
The official launch of the Feetz 100 would allow one hundred women to experience 3D printed footwear from the Flatz collection. An online application form could be found on their website. The limited amount of people for these shoes would be chosen through a “random weekly drawing”. The $199 3D printed Feetz shoes will be created and sent to the lucky 100 from the 15th of February all the way through the 31st of March.