Experiments with CNC’d Footwear

a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear
© 2016 George Duan

This shoe was designed to have a wooden sole for a RISD project between traditional shoe making and CNC machining.

 

Why I made this?

This semester, I took a traditional shoe making class and a CNC class in RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). Right, why not to try to combine the traditional and modern manufacture techniques and see what I can create with them?  How do I create footwears that is only made possible with a CNC machine? I was very inspired by the wooden platform shoe design from Stella McCartneney, so I decided to create a special shoe design with wood and leather.

a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear 2
© 2016 George Duan
a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear3
© 2016 George Duan

Design Process

I used Rhino to build the sole in 3D, and used HSM work to program a Tormach CNC machine to create this the sole out of maple wood. For the round rubber pads, I CNC’d my own aluminum injection mold and cast the rubber pads/ out sole.

You can check out some of the process photos that went into the production of the shoes, below.

a Shoe | George's CNC aluminum mold
© 2016 George Duan

 

a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear
© 2016 George Duan
a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear
© 2016 George Duan
© 2016 George Duan
a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear
© 2016 George Duan
a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear
© 2016 George Duan
a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear
© 2016 George Duan

This project was featured on Behance Fashion and on ConceptKicks, a footwear design magazine, and If you like this Experiments with CNC’d Footwear, maybe you will like my other shoe making projects. Also, please check out George’s Behance.

a Shoe | George's Experiments with CNC’d Footwear
© 2016 George Duan