With our hectic lives which pretty much involve us running around all day, the right footwear can make a world of difference. Shoes started off as functional designs meant to protect our feet, and yes we need to pick ones that do exactly that, BUT, they should also reflect our style statements and represent our personality and our personal fashion sense. After all, don’t they say that you can tell a lot about a man by the state of his shoes? Personally, I love a good pair of sturdy and stylish sneakers, ones that can get me through the day without giving me any shoe bites, and also match my outfits. However, I do know that this isn’t the case with everybody. People have high demands and expectations when it comes to their footwear, hence designers are unleashing all of their creative juices, leaving no stones unturned in making unique, innovative, and ergonomic shoes. From the world’s first net-zero carbon shoe to Marvel x Nike Football sneakers – these footwear designs are as futuristic, inventive, and fashionable as they can get!
1. Marvel x Nike Football Sneakers
Paul Parsons managed to concoct the ultimate Marvel X Nike football sneakers using MidJournye’s AI. These innovative sneakers successfully capture the grandeur of some of the MCU’s most memorable heroes and antiheroes. The series features 9 different footwear models, dedicated to distinct characters from the Avengers movie and Wolverine as well!
2. URNBC3’s Shoes
These innovative sandals by URNBC3 are designed to order, based on a 3D scan of your foot. The shoes are sustainably built utilizing natural materials that don’t have a harmful impact on the environment. Each shoe is designed to perfectly and uniquely fit the shape of your foot. They’re designed to be a well-stitched suit to your foot!
3. Weaver+ Shoes
We|aver+ or Weaver+ 3D prints a material that is quite close to knitted fabric, except it uses elastic TPU. The printed shoe looks more like chainmail than typical fabrics, but that’s because the hollow-loose knitting structure provides the shoes with the flexibility necessary to support the growth of children, while also offering stable support to ensure the heels don’t lose their supplements.
4. NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe
The NikeCraft General Purpose Shoe (GPS) is one of the latest addition to the NikeCraft lineup. The shoe is described as an “Ordinary Shoe for Extraordinary People”, as it enables you to do everything everywhere. The GPS shoes are a celebration of the 10-year collaboration between Tom Sachs and Nike.
5. The M0.0NSHOT
Allbirds launched the M0.0NSHOT – the world’s first net carbon shoe at the Global Fashion Summit in Copenhagen on June 27th. The shoes have a net carbon footprint of net 0.0 kg CO2e, and have a minimal all-grey woolly sock-style trainer form with an upper made from regenerative wool, and a bioplastic midsole. It is supposed to be one of the most sustainable mass-produced shoes we’ve seen till now!
6. Zaidmann’s Shoes
Designed by Zaidmann, this shoe design comprises of two modules that can be attached together to create an environmentally friendly silhouette. It is made in two parts – the knitted upper, and a TPU outsole. The shoe showcases a modular design that permits the wearer to play around with different pairings for a varied look.
7. The Laceless Poseidon
The Laceless Poseidon breaks the mold of how footwear is usually designed, it doesn’t have the usual body of a shoe, instead, it looks like it is enveloped by an alien substance. The Poseidon’s outsole and body merge into one, with organic patterns that look like fingerprints, adding a unique and innovative touch to the shoe’s overall aesthetic.
8. Rewild the Run Sneakers
Kiki Grammatopoulos, a graduate of the London University Central Saint Martins, designed a unique running shoe that spreads plants and seeds in cities. The massive outsoles are inspired by bison hoofs and are designed to encourage people to get involved with the cause of rewilding and to prompt a broader and deeper reevaluation of our relationship with nature.
9. Lamborghini Performance Sneakers
The Lamborghini Performance Sneakers were designed by Hussain Almossawi as a tribute to the automotive icon’s 60-year legacy. The stunning sneakers perfectly capture and represent the company’s raging-bull design aesthetic, while functioning as an edgy and innovative piece of footwear with brilliant surface treatment and drool-worthy glowing details around the midsole and the outsole.
10. The Heaven’s Door
The Heaven’s Door is a unique pair of sneakers with a close-toe design and an open-ish ankle aesthetic, much like a slip-on sandal. The shoe features a leather body, punctuated by an elastic strap along the side, which connects the rear flap to the main shoe. It has a rubber outsole that is pretty comfortable for outdoor use in an urban environment, while also subtly hiding the springs in a recessed channel running along the length of the shoe.