Zaha Hadid’s shoe design for United Nude, unsurprisingly, has something of the architectural about it. The vertiginous twisted shoes, which combine metallic chromed vinyl rubber lined with kid nappa leather and a fiberglass platform and heel, convey a sense of movement typical of Hadid’s creations.
“I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions,” Hadid stated. “Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.”
The shoes will be made to order in colors including silver, black, bronze and gold in European sizes 35 to 40. They are priced at $2,000 a pair and will be on show in a handful of stores including L’Eclaireur in Paris as well as on the Zaha Hadid Design and United Nude Web stores starting today.
Rem D Koolhaas and his wife wearing the ‘Nova’ shoes
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“Guided by her 30 years of experience working with complex structural principles on all scale levels, Hadid has developed an innovative cantilevered system that allows the staggering 16cm (6.25 in) heel to appear completely unsupported.
The rhythmic, articulated transformation of the shoe’s composition encapsulates the seamless integration of materials, inventive engineering and highest standards of comfort. As Hadid’s most recent expression of this symbiotic association, the NOVA shoe design transcends the disciplines of fashion and architecture.
“Zaha consistently reinvents the program with her own ideas and interpretations. Her visionary creations are often unexpected, yet reinforce their origins,” says Koolhaas. “I could not resist the challenge to work with Zaha. We gave ourselves the greatest degree of experimentation and used the latest digital design and manufacturing technologies to create one of the most innovative shoes ever produced.”
United Nude’s advanced shoe engineering and Hadid’s remarkable design have combined in a most revolutionary shoe, for which an entirely new way of shoe making was invented. Techniques such as injection- and rotation molding, as well as hand-molded methods, such as vacuum casting, were combined. In fact, the NOVA is the first shoe in history to employ rotation molding, which is the only molding technique that allows for such a smooth and seamless result.”