Flex Wedge

Objective: Design and prototype a pair of shoes that flexes with the foot and mitigates the health risks of continued wearing of high heels. Test new technologies by designing a 3D printed, hinged midsole. Created at RISD in winter 2014/15.


flex studies

foot      flex studies

foot flex studies

wedge segmentation

wedge segmentation

wedge segmentation rendering

wedge segmentation rendering


WEDGE DESIGN

wedge profile

wedge profile

outsole plan view

outsole plan view

hinge mechanism

hinge mechanism

rhino models

rhino models


building process

3D printed pieces, connected with metal rods

3D printed pieces, connected with metal rods

CNC'd foam models to form outsole: filled and sanded

CNC'd foam models to form outsole: filled and sanded

rubber casting process

rubber casting process


upper design

upper ideation: designs that allow the shoe to move as intended

upper ideation: designs that allow the shoe to move as intended

exploded view

exploded view


final prototype

in use

in use

flex

flex