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Designer Creates Glueless Shoe

A Japanese footwear designer, Roderick Pieters, has worked together with fashion brand Proef to create a glueless shoe. The pairs of easy-to-assemble footwear are put together using rope and are designed to address challenges in the fashion industry’s current production and distribution methods, instead creating a product that can be easily disassembled and repaired by its owner. 

Pieters and Proef created the footwear using a thin nylon rope, which pulls together a rubber sole with leather upper and insoles, it can all be easily assembled by hand, and each part can be replaced independently with various style and colour options. An carefully designed indented edge in the sole hides the rope and also prevents it from being torn.

Source: Roderick Pieters’ Loper shoes are assembled with rope rather than glue

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