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Magnetic Shoes,
with Iris van Herpen

These prickly looking shoes and accessories by Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel were formed using magnets and worn during Iris van Herpen’s latest catwalk show.

To create the textured footwear, a resin was combined with iron filings. This mixture was shaped around a base shoe. Before the soft plastic material set into shape, strong magnets were used to pull small portions into spikes across the surfaces.

What you see on these shoes is that the front has really small spikes and the back has very long ones. The material itself is very soft, almost cuddly. So it looks dangerous but they feel great and are great to walk in.

Each pair of platforms is unique due to the production process. The material behaves slightly different when manipulated by the magnets due to the arrangement of the filings.

Raised heels project backwards from the sole to appear unsupported. Pigments are mixed into the resin in different quantities and distributions, creating a variety of colours from pure black through to marbled grey.

The shoes were worn by all of the models in Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen’s Spring Summer 2015 fashion show in Paris, which also featured belts, jewellery and clutch bags made in the same way.

Text from Dezeen

Magnetic Shoes,
with Iris van Herpen

These prickly looking shoes and accessories by Dutch designer Jólan van der Wiel were formed using magnets and worn during Iris van Herpen’s latest catwalk show.

To create the textured footwear, a resin was combined with iron filings. This mixture was shaped around a base shoe. Before the soft plastic material set into shape, strong magnets were used to pull small portions into spikes across the surfaces.

What you see on these shoes is that the front has really small spikes and the back has very long ones. The material itself is very soft, almost cuddly. So it looks dangerous but they feel great and are great to walk in.

Each pair of platforms is unique due to the production process. The material behaves slightly different when manipulated by the magnets due to the arrangement of the filings.

Raised heels project backwards from the sole to appear unsupported. Pigments are mixed into the resin in different quantities and distributions, creating a variety of colours from pure black through to marbled grey.

The shoes were worn by all of the models in Dutch fashion designer Iris van Herpen’s Spring Summer 2015 fashion show in Paris, which also featured belts, jewellery and clutch bags made in the same way.

Text from Dezeen