RAINS' Puffer Boot Pushes 3D-Printing Technology Forward

Made in partnership with Zellerfeld.

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On its Paris Fashion Week runway, Denmark-based label RAINS debuted its first-ever 3D-printed shoe, made in collaboration with Zellerfeld.

Dubbed the “Puffer Boot,” the silhouette looks like an artifact from the future. Its conceptual-yet-function design boats an organic shape with a purposeful, sculptural appearance mimicking that of a stone carving. An innovation purveyor, RAINS planted a newly-developed, printed puffer element on the instep, consisting of 90% air.

Notably, the puffer element marks a big step forward for Zellerfeld. Previously, foam pieces would have to be sewn into 3D-printed textiles in a very tedious process. Now, the leading 3D-printing company has changed the game, proving that it’s possible to produce the comfort-first feature without any physical labor. Even better, the model still retains all of 3D printing’s mono-material and eco-conscious benefits.

Though RAINS has yet to share a release date and launch information for the Puffer Boot, Zellerfeld promises that the silhouette will “inspire more printed shoe designs to go the oversized route in the future.” Take a look at the innovative design in the gallery above.

Check out RAINS’ full FW23 collection here, and discover more Paris Fashion Week FW23 content on Hypebeast.

In more footwear news, Nike added chrome caps to its Air Force 1 Swooshes.

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