When you’re worth almost $200 billion like Elon Musk is, you can partake in frivolous activities like ordering custom 3D-printed sneakers for your child. And that’s exactly what Musk and his partner Grimes have done, tapping Paris-based vegan brand Rombaut and Brooklyn tech startup Zellerfeld for a fully custom pint-sized take on Rombaut’s FW21 Drone sandal, crafted just for X Æ A-XII Musk.
Though the order may be whimsical, the shoe’s tech is undeniably serious. Made of 100% recycled polymer and printed on Zellerfeld’s proprietary Monolith 3D printer, it’s is done up in a matte grey shade inspired by Tesla‘s Cybertruck. It also features a sleek upper that rises just above the ankle, and is secured with a strap that boasts X Æ A-XII’s name — which Grimes explained the meaning of in a 2020 tweet — all of which sits atop a chunky two-piece midsole with cut-out detailing under the midfoot.
“Rombaut used 3D printing to prototype and produce a concept in days, not months,” said Zellerfeld CEO Cornelius Schmitt. “It’s closer to software design than shoe design, and it’s exciting to see how rapidly the product evolves as a result.”
“Our brand is vegan and takes sustainability seriously, our collaborations need to have meaning and set a good example on how to make things better,” Rombaut founder Mats Rombaut chimed in.
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