PANGAIA, Heron Preston and KidSuper, the brand that had a hand in designing Louis Vuitton’s AW23 mens collection, have all had a go on the Zellerfeld 3D printer. And each has put its mark (or, in the case of KidSuper, its face) on the automated, factory-free shoe.
The latest brand to create one of these futuristic kicks is Rains. Best known for its superb waterproof outerwear, the Scandi brand has used its puffer jackets as inspiration for its aptly named Puffer Sneaker.
As with all Zellerfeld shoes, the Puffer Sneaker is printed with one material in a fused 3D lattice which means no glue, seams or weak points. The material used is TPU which is made from fossil fuels but is also 100 percent recyclable, and easy to break down as there are no additional materials to deal with. Being 3D-printed to order, there’s also no waste or excess in production.
Rains notes that the “puffer-inspired chambers” are filled with 90 percent air, which delivers some nice cushioning. And the TPU material boasts quickdrying, washable and odor-resistant properties. All this should hopefully mean that the Puffer Sneaker has a long life in your rotation.
The puffy, lumpy, chunky shoe comes in a choice of blue, black or oat, and has various size and width options for every foot. Your one-of-a-kind pair will be individually printed and features a Rains logo on the underfoot.