The amazingly stylish “Bits Shoes” created by Earl Stewart are an exemplary model of how technology and design go hand in hand.
Earl aptly describes the shoes as "an exploration into design pluralism... a vehicle that expresses the future of design."
Because the process of creating these shoes involves a 3D scan of the foot, each pair is perfectly customized to the wearer's sizing, making them incredibly comfortable and accessible to those with uncommon foot sizes. Podiatrist consultation ensures the sole provides stability and proper alignment for the individual while the flexible material bends and stretches with every step.
The footwear concept implements accurate three-dimensional scans of the feet to ensure a perfect fit, along with the added performance benefit of enhancing one's bio-mechanical movement. Parametrically designed to produce an aesthetic structure that flexes in certain directions for beneficial ankle movement, the shoe utilizes a laser cut leather upper that precisely drapes around the individuals foot based on 3D printed information. Once laser cut, the shoe is hand sewn and processed according to traditional techniques then combined with the rapid-prototyped sole.
Using this type of new technologies (3D printing, ABS vacuum shaping, carbon fiber lamination) anyone could have their feet digitized in 3D in order to produce perfect-fitting shoes from a library of different designs.