Jul 04, 2023
by James Roberts
Moncler and Zellerfeld’s 3D-Printed Trailgrip Is Chunky-To-Order
by James Roberts
Jul 04, 2023

Zellerfeld’s output is prolific. It seems like every month, we’re reporting on a new drop from the 3D-printing shoe operation. And this month, it’s the biggest yet. Moncler now joins the ranks of collaborators; a list that also includes Rains, PANGAIA and Heron Preston.

This collab sees Moncler’s iconic Trailgrip get the Zellerfeld treatment. The chunky and grippy silhouette, usually constructed with multiple layers of materials, has been rendered in one fused 3D lattice, with no glue or binding. The material is breathable, odor-resistant and 100 percent recyclable. And, because every item is made to measure and made to order, there’s no factory waste.

The shoe is finished in stone gray and features Moncler’s iconic logo on the heel. And, it still has those deep lugs on the sole that are prominent from nearly every angle.

Zellerfeld and its CEO Cornelius Schmitt aim to put “3D-printed shoes on every foot in the world.” It’s a big goal, but there are currently two obstacles standing in the way.

First, the price point which can be as high as $370 USD. For a mass audience, this will need to come down and hopefully will as Zellerfeld ups its production – that’s how scale works, after all, and these things happen step-by-step. Second, there’s the issue of fulfilment: Zellerfeld is on an unparalleled roll right now, and – as each pair of shoes from each new collaboration is made to order – shipping times are longer than your usual sneaker order.

In the grand scheme of things, though, these are relatively minor gripes, and it pays to remember that progress – the kind that lasts, at least – is very rarely perfect.

And Moncler isn’t without contention either. Only a year ago, the Milan-based brand announced that it would phase out animal fur by 2024 — a move that is welcomed, obviously, but perhaps a little late in the game. Although, it goes without saying, where brands like this are willing to take a chance on new technology and lend their name to new ways of working, that’s when things really do start to change.

Take a look at the full run of Zellerfeld collabs over on the 3D-printed footwear specialist’s official website.