If this shoe were on the market, Feetz customers would purchase the 3D printed structure fitted to their feet along with a protocell solution. They could purchase additional solutions that elicit different responses to stimuli, such as changing colors and becoming more breathable with heat. 


Using the 3D modeling software Rhinoceros, I modeled the structure of the Feetz ONE and printed it on a Makerbot 2.  The upper is molded latex.  In addition, a teammate and I created a representation of the protocell solution cylinder.

Protocell upper consists of blend of fatty acids and proteins that are designed with specific responses to external stimuli 

Supportive toe and footbed

Flexible sidewall provides scaffold for protocells to bind to

Base structure distributes vertical load laterally

The scaffold structure utilizes shear thickening fluid (STF). STF stiffens with large impacts and is viscous with constant applied force, providing support and flexibility when needed.

color ways

shoe construction

The final direction combines an open 3D printed structure that acts as a scaffold for the protocell upper.  The protocell solution consists of chemicals that create a membrane that metabolizes and responds to stimuli like a living organism. The upper structure is infused with protein binders, when the structure is submerged in the protocell solution a membrane forms creating the upper of the shoe. Essentially, the shoe acts as an extension of your foot


The process of 3D printing gave me a unique opportunity  to explore what a shoe really is.  Sole and upper could be combined into a continuous form.


Advances in tech- Advances in 3D printing technology allow the manufacture of complex structures while incorporating multiple materials and colors in a single print.

Bionanodesign- the design materials and structures at the micro scale to have specific responses to external stimuli 

Parametric modeling-  A process based on algorithmic thinking that enables the expression of parameters and rules that define the relationship between design intent and design response.


The concept for my design, Feetz ONE,

is a lifestyle shoe for all conditions.  Based on a five year projection, the shoe combines bioresponsive materials that respond to your foot and the exterior environment like a living organism would.  The shoe would respond to external stimuli with a specific response.


Henry is a 23 year old civil engineer living in Seattle.  He works in downtown Seattle, commuting by bike or bus.  Henry is a mathematic and logical thinker, but has an eye for design. He likes to stay at the forefront of technology and trends, updating his iphone yearly. 

Feetz ONE

Each team worked closely with various brands in the footwear or healthcare industries.  Our team got the opportunity to work with Feetz, a 3D printing footwear company.  Feetz aims to provide custom fitted footwear using their SizeMe app,  giving customers the best fitting footwear on the market.  In addition, Feetz is committed to sustainability, as 3D printing leaves no waste product compared to traditional footwear production.

Held at the PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy in Portland, OR, thirty students worked towards the opportunity to attend the FN Platform in Las Vegas. Students worked in teams of five, three footwear designers, a brand designer and a color and materials designer.  Through final presentation voting, I was chosen along with five other footwear designers to go to Las Vegas.

The front half of the prototype structure failed to print as the geometry was too complex.