The shoe was designed as part of my project ‘last 21986’ and deals with the subject of
About this shoe:
the shoe is constructed from layers of canvas with perforated marks on the shoe that
allow the user to cut out different parts that get dirty or torn, to reveal the new layer
number of layers in each section was determined by regions with a high tendency to
wear away.
this way the shoe lasts longer and allows the user to take part in it repair process.
About the project ‘last 21986’ :
nowadays, our interactions with the products we own have been reduced to actions such
as opening the packaging, hanging on a hanger and pressing a button.
most of our stuff lacks uniqueness, is duplicated millions of times and has a short shelf
we do not take part in their production or even know how they were manufactured and by
still, we like our things.
we’re attached to a watch we inherited, we are excited about a new bag we bought, and
we are proud of a button we repaired in our blouse.
in this project, i tried to examine our relationships with the objects around us through
each of the shoes i designed allows the user to interact with them in certain way one
can dismantle them, to interface them, fix them, influence them, refresh them, and
design them according to ones taste and desire.
with every shoe in the series a different relationship is created it
can be short, long,
intimate, mechanical, sentimental, or simply functional. either way, it allows the user to
take, if he or she so desires, an active part in shaping of the relationship that develops
between them with simple actions.
(a last is a mechanical form that has a shape similar to that of a human foot. it is used
by shoemakers and cordwainers in the manufacture and repair of shoes. lasts are
designed based on the average measurements of different feet but do not actually fit any
real feet of any specific person.)
About the concept and the idea:
i do not come from a background in fashion or shoes design so i had to teach myself
how to make shoes.
i did this by breaking down dozens pairs of shoes.
in the process i discovered that even the simplest and cheapest shoes are actually
complex and constructed by layered materials most of whom we do not exposed to.
i wanted to allow the user a window to what he has inside the shoe and thereby expose
him to some production process.
in addition, i researched the wearing away process in different shoes. there are some
areas that tend to wear away more quickly for most people. of course it is also depends
on the shoe type.
when you look at this kind of canvas shoes, they tend to split in some areas for most
people, so those areas i increased the number of layers.
i saw that in spite of shoes continued to wear away, shoemakers shops are almost
doesn’t exist anymore and it leave us with no choice but to throw away our beloved
shoes and buy new one instead.
that lead my to the thought ‘how can we preserve something of the value of shoes
some of the aesthetic value of these shoes is also the wear wawy. when i was a
teenager we were stepping on each other’s converse shoes so they will not see new.
therefore it was important that the fixing will not return the shoe to “like new” but will give
them added value and aesthetics.
About the materials i’ve you used:
the shoes are made of textile and in sewing techniques only. as you can see, i didn’t use
any other materials for the finishing . this is in purpose to reduce the many materials
used in manufacturing to a minimum.
About the named of the project:
in the project i worked with plastics lasts from the shoes industry, in the industry, lasts
marked by a serial number that indicate the model.
for my, industrial lasts symbolizes our big distance from the making of shoes, usually
manufactured in a far away country and hidden from us. lasts are the templates for
producing millions of pairs of shoes with unremarkable identity.
the goal of the shoes i designed is to create a new relationship between the shoe and the
wearer, more personal.
these shoes vary with the person who wears them, gain new experiences with old. the
wearer can affect them if he wants to.
the four models are built on the same last which i gave a personal serial number.