How Dior Are Trying To Change The Game With Their 3D-Printed Shoes

How Dior Are Trying To Change The Game With Their 3D-Printed Shoes

January 24, 2023
Dom Challis

After its unveiling at Paris Fashion Week (PFW), we’ve now gotten a closer look at the revolutionary 3D-printed Derbys and boots from Dior‘s Fall/Winter 2023 menswear collection. 

While technology continues to develop, 3D-printed footwear is growing in popularity, they offer new technology possibilities and also suggest we may see a lot more computer-generated silhouettes in the future.

During the same day at PFW, we saw the unveiling of the seashell-inspired 3D-printed trainers from Botter (menswear brand founded in Netherlands, based in Paris, and inspired by Caribbean heritage) and Reebok, plus the new Dior 3D-printed Derbys and boots.

Designed by Thibo Denis and showcased in all its technological glory, the new footwear is Dior‘s first committed attempt at making one-piece 3D-printed wearables.

The silhouette isn’t the most conventional looking trainer and It’s possibly even considered more of a shoe by some. However, it’s still very approachable for most trainer enthusiasts and the all-black and lightness of the 3D-printed shoe also helps offer more of a trainer aesthetic.

The new 3D-printed Derbys feature discrete Dior branding at the heel and underfoot, plus quicklace toggle fastening above glossy black leather tongue tabs and an all-black colourway. 

The white silhouette seen in the above photos is from the same Derby silhouette, only at a different stage of the design process.

On the other hand, the mid-top boots of the same all-black colourway and patterning, features a laceless design with a heel slide insert for easy entry and exit.

Although some smaller brands don’t have as much access to the same level of technology as the bigger labels, it’s easy to imagine a future where the vast majority of our footwear is shaped by computers.

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