Brazilian fashion designer Andreia Chaves has a created a series of 3D printed shoes in collaboration with Freedom of Creation – an Amsterdam rapid prototyping studio. The collection includes one covered in a mirrored shell named The Invisible Shoe, due to it’s ability to reflect its natural surroundings. And another where the nude leather upper is visible through the 3D printed framework.
“The ‘Invisible Shoe’ series explores the concept of invisibility though the ‘chameleon effect’ while the shoe’s reflective finished surface creates an obscured optical effect with each step taken. This innovative design greatly exceeds the primary function of the shoe, where “protecting” the foot also means “deleting” or “immersing” it into the environment.”
The series, which will be available in limited edition, in three different models, is handmade in Italy using a combination of leather making techniques together with advanced 3D printing technology. For the development and manufacture of the external structure, Chaves has collaborated with the renowned Dutch Company FOC (Freedom Of Creation).