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Here’s what happens when Zaha Hadid and Pharrell get together to design sneakers

From the strange bedfellows files: Musician Pharrell Williams has enlisted Zaha Hadid as a partner to rejuvenate a rather staid athletic shoe. The rubber toecap of Adidas' Superstar design has been remodeled by Hadid. The white version of the shoe features a fan-like 3D motif, while a raised pattern of dots and dashes decorates the black kicks. While AN doesn't pretend to dictate high fashion, we can definitely see pairing up Zaha's sneakers with Renzo Piano's Whitney handbag for an au courant look. The shoes are slated to be in stores August 7. Hadid and other notable architects are no strangers to the world of footwear design. Take a look at our past of architect-designed shoes here.
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Zaha Hadid, Fernando Romero, and friends reinvent the high heel for Milan Design Week 2015

What happens when you enlist four architects and a designer to create a shoe? That's the task handed to Zaha Hadid, Ben van Berkel, and others. The result is an ethereal-looking sculpture wrought by selective laser sintering that vaguely recalls the giant dusters at a carwash. Given free reign to “reinvent” the high-heeled shoe for Milan Design Week 2015, household-name architects Zaha Hadid, Ben Van Berkel, Fernando Romero, Michael Young, and Ross Lovegrove teamed up with United Nude, an expert in technologically advanced women’s footwear. The resulting edgy shoe is rendered in hard nylon combined with a soft rubber material—a technique which United Nude, through a longtime collaboration with 3D Systems, discovered as a solution for combining diverse printed parts to create functional footwear. United Nude’s other footwear forays with 3D Systems include creating an interactive touchscreen console that enables users to 3D print their own shoe designs, and conceiving the 3D printed Coral Shoes, designed exclusively for Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience at Level Shoe District by Rem D. Koolhaas and his team at United Nude. Inspired by sea corals, the shoe consists of a 3D-printed wedge with holes through its sides, a small 3D-printed buckle and textile ribbons for strapping the shoe on. Re-inventing Shoes is on show at Teatro Arsenale via C. Correnti 11 within the 5Vie Art + Design Quarter during Milan Design Week 2015.
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Product> Yikes, Stripes: Nike’s new shoes dazzle with a surprising inspiration

Sneaker and/or design aficionados take note: Nike released a new high-top model, called 'Dazzle,' on December 13, with snowboarding footwear to follow. While the shoes will definitely stand out in a crowd, that was not the original purpose of the Dazzle graphic. Developed by designers to foil World War I naval surveillance systems, the patterns were meant to confuse, not camouflage. Wikipedia explains the Dazzle camouflage concept:
Dazzle camouflage, also known as razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, was a family of ship camouflage used extensively in World War I and to a lesser extent in World War II and afterwards. Credited to artist Norman Wilkinson, though with a prior claim by the zoologist John Graham Kerr, it consisted of complex patterns of geometric shapes in contrasting colours, interrupting and intersecting each other. Unlike some other forms of camouflage, dazzle works not by offering concealment but by making it difficult to estimate a target's range, speed and heading. Norman Wilkinson explained in 1919 that dazzle was intended more to mislead the enemy as to the correct position to take up than actually to miss his shot when firing.
More recently, the high seas have been graced by a contemporary version of the high-contrast optics. In 2013, industrialist and art collector Dakis Joannou commissioned Jeff Koons to detail his 115-foot yacht, Guilty. Perhaps Nike's next collectible shoe will dazzle in color.
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Eavesdrop> Serpentine Slip-ons: Shoe Design Inspired by Smiljan Radic’s Pavilion

04-serpentine-shoes Don’t have plans to visit London’s Serpentine Pavilion? Well at least your feet will be able to, sort of! Mass-market, high-design European clothier COS (reportedly opening in New York this fall) sponsored the pavilion, and has launched a line of Serpentine-inspired shoes. But while the Smiljan Radic’s structure resembles a flying saucer designed by the Flintstones, the COS kicks are decidedly demure.
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Wearable Architecture

We’ve heard the story now and again, designers being influenced by art and architecture, but just when we thought architects were the ones taking cues from designers – think Zaha – Italian shoe company Sergio Rossi’s Creative Director Francesco Russo, in a related press statement, cites specific references to the work of Hadid and photographer David Zimmerman in his latest shoe collection. While we’re not quite sure if Russo was inspired by her shoes or buildings, his shoes, nonetheless, are composed of bold colors and graphic designs, reminiscent of some of Hadid’s most striking architecture. Available in high-rising stilettos, towering wedges, strappy sandals, and boots high and low, the shoes come in a variety of textures including watersnake skin, goatskin, suede, leather, and natural linen. The shoes are offset by the fluidity of their soft lines, characteristic of all Sergio Rossi designs. Part of the designer’s Cruise collection, the shoes can be purchased online and at Saks Fifth Avenue come fall. Do you buy the influence?
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In Her Shoes

London-based architect Zaha Hadid’s latest project explores futuristic vessels of movement in relation to the human body, or in non-archispeak she’s designed a pair of shoes! Initially previewed during the Frieze Art Fair in London this past October, the collaboration between the famed architect and the French apparel company LACOSTE has finally become a realized product that will be ready for production in July 2009. The Zaha Hadid for LACOSTE footwear collaboration is not Hadid’s first venture into shoe design. Having already designed a pair of eco-friendly rubber shoes with Brazilian label Melissa, Hadid’s new line features both men’s and women’s calf leather boots that enwrap the foot from sole to ankle to leg in an continuous and fluid manner. “The design expression behind the collaboration with LACOSTE footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids,” said Hadid, according to a official statement from LACOSTE. “When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically. In doing so a landscape emerges, undulating and radiating as it merges seamlessly with the body.” Beginning as a “digitized interpretation” of the iconic LACOSTE crocodile, Hadid’s research team explored a series of surfaces with repeated patterns to create the finished product. Made from a combination of heat embossing (ridges) and debossing (grooves) techniques on the leather, the pattern covers the shoe, with details on the sole and heel, including a unique Zaha Hadid for LACOSTE logo. The limited-edition collection of approximately 850 pairs of shoes will be available in black and purple for women and black and navy for men at high-end boutiques in Paris, London and Milan, while a main range of shoes are scheduled to be released worldwide in September.