Made in ... Shoes

About: I am a product designer with a focus on space, sustainability, aid dependency cycle avoidance and community based projects. I was Inspired by design and craft from a young age thanks to the Weta Workshop ...

The Made In Shoe’s (MIS) project is an open source, scalable 3D printed shoe manufacture system designed for the low-tech, highly customizable and hyper-local manufacture of highly durable and repairable natural rubber shoes in the developing world.

The MIS system will enable a self-sufficient localized response to many issues in the areas of Sport, Health, Opportunity & Environment and is an example of what can be achieved when communities suffering from aid dependency gain access to the power of 3D printing enabled manufacturing.

We believe that with the knowledge sharing propagated by the open source movement and increased access to digital fabrication we can significantly reduce aid dependency. Help us prove this correct!

For more: CAD Files, project detail and updates visit

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Step 13: Stipple on Sole (Optional)

Stippling latex on the sole of your shoes as an extra step to your build will increase the time it takes to wear the soles out.

Finished sole built up of 5 layers of orange latex, a different colour is recommended so it is easy to see when it is time to re-apply new coats of latex to make a new sole.

Hope you have fun making your shoes!

Cheers Jon

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Trillium Technologies is a company with a dedicated team of engineers and designers, aiming to develop technology platforms that tackle systemic problems, sometimes called “grand challenges”. These grand challenges all fall within our three main areas being climate, ocean, and space, with overlapping issues amongst them. Tackling issues of this scale requires learning quickly, prototyping and making things real through partnerships and community building. This is what we call a mission centred approach, working with dedicated partners along the way in order to capitalise on different resources, expertise and opinions as to achieve a successful common goal.


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    5 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I really like this, and I wanted to play with a pair. I was looking at your website but I can't see any files for different shoe sizes. ... or am I missing something?

    1 reply

    1 year ago

    That's a neat use for 3d printing! How long do the shoes last with wear?

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    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi Swansong,

    I have tested a pair of previous iteration prototypes for 6 weeks including rock climbing without any significant signs of wear. The most recent design is more robust but still needs testing. Latex is used in many hard wearing applications such as car tires and shoe soles so I am reasonably confident they will hold up well. I am currently wearing mine and will feedback my findings in a few months.


    Reply 1 year ago

    No idea, but I was looking at their website and they have more info on what they hinted at in the last step. That is, you can re-furbish your shoes when they wear out!

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