Shoe as a Field



This project aimed at re-formulating shoe as a “field” as opposed to an “object” by generating a variety of out-of-the-ordinary design concepts. Data-driven generative design models (created in Rhino/Grasshopper) were used to explore shoes that come to life as wholes. Data collected at New Balance’s Sports Research Lab was used to expand the design concepts that developed upon performative, aesthetic and manufacturability considerations. This design focused on varying the shape of 3D auxetic cells with pressure and strain across the shoe for 3D printing.