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Moncler launches new Trailgrip 3D printed sneaker

The Moncler x Zellerfeld Trailgrip 3D is part of a concept collaboration but may lead to larger production runs

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Back in 2019, VoxelMatters (back then it was still called 3D Printing Media Network), was the first media in the world to report on a small NYC-based startup called Zellerfeld that 3D printed entire shoes. Its founder, Cornelius Schmitt, was extremely confident that his approach was about to revolutionize the way all footwear manufacturers make shoes. Just about four years later, his vision is a reality, through a new high-profile collaboration with Moncler and its Trailgrip 3D concept shoe.

“Everything in the Earth Shoe is printed in one go. Upper, Sole, everything. I’ve tested and worn them for over a year now: it is durable and comfortable,” Schmitt told us back then. “The technology combines a tough sole and softer upper, enabling different flexibility and softness through geometry. “Nobody in the world can print materials to be this soft,” he said.

Moncler launches new Trailgrip 3D printed sneaker as part of a concept collaboration with Zellerfeld that may lead to larger production runs

Now Zellerfeld is an established network for independent designers to create (and monetize from) their new designs. But it is also a major driver for large companies to innovate. The latest to get on board is Moncler.

Leveraging the Zellerfeld platform, the duo has collaborate to create the Moncler x Zellerfeld Trailgrip 3D. This remake of Moncler’s Trailgrip sneaker was constructed using a single, recyclable material throughout. For now this project is intended as a concept collaboration but Zellerfeld is able to support larger productions through its 3D printing faciity in Germany.

The Moncler x Zellerfeld Trailgrip 3D sneaker is part of Moncler’s Fall/Winter 2023 footwear showroom in Paris, titled Studio Ascenti. The shoe’s monochromatic finish sees the sustainability-oriented sneaker appear in a stone gray, with Moncler’s iconic logo 3D printed at the heel. According to Hypebeast, that first reported on this latest story (unfortunately, while we are often the first to report on AM-related projects, once things get too big, the generalist media takes over), a limited release involves exclusive access for members of Moncler’s global footwear community that will be in attendance. However, it is mentioned that despite not being publicly available this time around, a 3D printed design with Moncler may release in the future.

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