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Dior jumps on 3D printed footwear at Paris Fashion Week

Creative Director Kim Jones' look at the future of footwear

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Along with the BOTTER x Reebok Venus Comb Murex Shell Sneaker, top French Maison Dior also presented a set of 3D printed shoes during its own Dior Winter 23 by Kim Jones show at the ongoing Paris Fashion Week. The models, 3D printed by a non-specified polymer powder bed fusion process (probably MultiJet Fusion), present a modern approach to traditional Dior “Carlo” designs that include both low-cut shoes and boots.

Dior, part of the LVMH group, has experimented with 3D printing before, however, these shoe models are the closest the company has ever come to actual commercial products made with 3D printing. The shoes were created under clear instructions by Dior Homme Creative Director Kim Jones to envision a futuristic version of the Carlo models. According to the designers behind the project, the shoes appear solid but, thanks to the particular geometry made possible by 3D printing, they are extremely light and comfortable to wear.

The original Carlo shoes were 3D scanned, then a texture was selected for a “punk” look and feel. After the 3D printing process, the shoes emerge from the powder bed. This is where the class and style of Dior really shine, with elegant finishing touches, from the Dior name to the elegant pattern underneath the outsole. The designers also claim that the material the shoe is made of is up to 80% reusable, although it is not clear how that can be achieved (beyond, of course, the unused powder in the powder bed).

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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