When we first saw the Andreia Chaves Invisible Shoe nearly a year-and-a-half ago, we felt that were some of the most brilliant designs of shoes of the season.
Even before Andeia Chave’s graduation from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence, Italy, she has captured the attention of international media. Her ambition is to bring a fresh perspective to fashion, “fusing the mastery and traditions of making with a visionary approach to design while also embracing the potential of 21st century technology”. Chaves works between Italy and Ireland.
Described as a study of optical effect applied to shoe design, the ‘Invisible Shoe’ series explores the concept of invisibility though the ‘chameleon effect’ while the shoe’s reflective finished surface creates an obscured optical effect with each step taken. This innovative design greatly exceeds the primary function of the shoe, where “protecting” the foot also means “deleting” or “immersing” it into the environment.
The series, which will be available in limited edition, in three different models, is handmade in Italy using a combination of leather making techniques together with advanced 3D printing technology.
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