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Auxetic Wear

A shoe that adapts to the foot – not the other way around. A reinterpretation of a classic design.  By utilizing an auxetic structure, the boot adapts itself to the ergonomics of its wearers’ feet by expanding or compressing on a local level. Learning from classic shoemaker craft, we created a pattern consisting of two-dimensional shapes that are very effective for 3D printing due to their low profile.


Case Study


The first experiments

Auxetic structures have the property of expanding bidirectionally as soon as a tensile force is applied to them – perfect for ergonomic forms. Various textures were created and tested in different materials. We finally decided to use 3D printing as a manufacturing method.

Designing a shoe pattern

To create an organic shape, a base structure had to be created, like a skeleton. It gives the design its final form, serves as reinforcement where the individual parts come together, and supports the auxetic structure.

"The parts are glued together and then stitched onto the existing sole – very much combining traditional craft with modern technologies. The final design was refined in many iterations."

Rebecca Meixner

Together with Rebecca Meixner