Francis Bitonti and United Nude Created These Unique Heels Using Algorithms

By: Cadhla Gray - Sep 23, 2015
References: unitednude & dezeen
New York designer Francis Bitonti designed these 3D-printed gold pumps for Dutch footwear company United Nude, as an unusual line of footwear where no two pairs are the same. The shoes were designed by way of computer algorithms, not focusing so much on customization, but rather on designing a creative product through a mathematical system.

The heel of the shoe was 3D-printed in nylon by inputting various numbers into an algorithm, enabling each one to have a slightly different mesh pattern. The stylish leather upper section was then added along with the gold plating.

The heel has a large arch of open space where there would normally be support. Instead, the pressure is displaced towards the ball of the foot, leaving wearers to lean slightly forward. Since the base is made from nylon and the gold is only present in the plating, the impractical gold pumps are, in fact, lightweight and surprisingly easy to walk in.