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Rethinking High Fashion Shoes, University College Ghent & Ghent University

Rethinking High Fashion Shoes - Every year 21 Billion pairs of shoes are produced worldwide of which 95% end up in landfills around the world. This massive production of leather shoes is linked to high CO2 emissions, huge water usage and toxic waste. With the research ‘Rethinking High Fashion shoes’ for KASK, School of Arts of HoGent, Kristel Peters explores innovative methods and materials while finding solutions. For the project, Kristel worked together with several national and international experts in sustainability to define guidelines for designing zero waste shoes:

  1. make the structure and the design of the shoe modular,
  2. translate the materialization into zero waste techniques / materials,
  3. see the shoe as a service, not as a product.

Following these lines, the concept of a modular shoe called ALICE was born. Alice consists of a base structure, which is 3D printed and made out of one single material. By reducing materials and eliminating any non-recyclable parts (like glue), the shoe is easy to recycle, but also easy to produce. The upper, or decorative part of the shoe is also replaceable and uses zero waste materials. The result is a shoe that is adaptable to the needs of each moment. In order to create an upper part for the shoe that was not only attractive but durable and, most importantly, zero waste, Kristel Peters’ research brought her to Mycelium. Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus that consists of branching, thread-looking hyphae. Mycelium grows on organic waste, such as sawdust. The organic waste is broken down and
adhered to the fungus, which in turn converts it to a strong, durable, elastic and water repellent material that is also organic and harmless to nature after use. The concepts of ‘Alice: Rethinking High Fashion Shoes’ is clear. First of all the project revolves around the concept of a Circular Economy of not producing any waste and pollution by design and production.  The second premise of the project revolves around the idea of the shoe as a service, instead of a product. Stemming out from the idea of the circular economy, the shoe is custom created to the specifications and the needs of each client. 3D printed parts are made based on real feet models and are therefore unique. Same goes for the decorative upper parts, which are made on-demand and based on the various needs the customers have.


KASK School of Arts HoGent in collaboration with the University of Utrecht, afd. Microbiologie and Officina Corpuscoli (for the mycelium)
Vormgeving en Design
Promotor dr.  Dirk Van Gogh
Rethinking High Fashion Shoes
2, Jozef Kluyskensstraat, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

0032 (0)473 892 806

kristel.peters@hogent.be


Ghent University - The Industrial Design Center (IDC) operates as an inherently multidisciplinary group within a large network of industrial partners. The groups' expertise lays on several aspects of the industrial design process and applies a pragmatic “research though design” methodology. This is supported by the use of creativity and iterative prototyping to engage with relevant stakeholders. Our aim is to understand, improve, and augment the field of industrial design by having an impact on education, industry, and academia.
Research at IDC focuses on three important pillars:
Design for Collaborative Change (D4CC) - Research within Design for Collaborative Change focuses on the role of design as an inquiry process to share knowledge, explore, learn and building consensus between several stakeholders. It incorporates practical design-related tools for achieving this.
Design for User Experience (D4UX) - Research within Design for User Experience focuses on the quality of
interaction. It fully encompasses all, tangible and intangible, aspects of future intelligent products as perceived by users.
Design for Changing Production (D4CP) - Research within Design for Changing Production focuses on the challenges and opportunities to develop products for factories of the future. It emphasizes the materializing context of the design process (materials, processes, prototyping, connections) and the simultaneous development of the change processes to adapt production systems and scalability of production facilities.



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