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    This is an independent exploration, taking a step back from designing strictly performance footwear and considering the juxtaposition of unknown … Read More
    This is an independent exploration, taking a step back from designing strictly performance footwear and considering the juxtaposition of unknown form/color/texture combinations against a classic last silhouette in several distinct renderings. Inspired by these combinations and additional inspiration images, I created some new silhouettes which I am in the process of prototyping. Inspired by the classic, sleek look of the Chelsea Boot and the rugged sophistication of Adidas White Mountain boots, the new silhouette takes on a fusion translated into a sneaker. Read Less
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De·con·struct
ˌdēkənˈstrəkt/

verb,
reduce (something) to its constituent parts in order to reinterpret it.



My goal was simple:  to examine the traditional utilitarian form of a hiking boot. I drew inspiration from the classic Chelsea Boot, a shoe which is as functional as it is elegant, and created a rugged, yet refined fusion street-inspired silhouette. Although it is essentially a mountaineering-inspired shoe, I was also inspired by urban architecture and street style. The use of both saturated and muted earth tones plays with the idea of a transitional shoe, which is not confined to any particular season. 

The materials used are nubuck, PU leather, cord, and a knit ankle sleeve for the upper; and for the bottom, the sole is hand-shaped EVA foam and the outsole treads are 3D-printed in TPU filament. 
This project was exhibited at the Milano Montagna Vibram Factory 2017  international design competition.
Thanks to Roberta Ranalli for the exhibition photos!
Thank you!!