Kinetic Traces is the title of an intriguing shoe concept by Barcelona-based shoe designer Silvia Fadó. Her interest in both fashion and sport gave her the idea to search the relationship between body movement and fashion footwear, and body movement and sports footwear in order to develop a series of comfortable high-heeled shoes.
By analysing comfort elements in footwear, particularly absorption, the weight of the shoe, traction and durability, Silvia sought to infuse function and wearability into a line of smart looking footwear.
With the help of both an architect and a photographer Silvia studied the interacting forces in the structure of high-heeled shoes during movement. She implemented springs, rubber balls and pneumatic hydraulics in her footwear designs in cooperation with an engineer, to develop impact absorption. She had a metal ring system, developed by an industrial partner, that allows regulation of the absorption effect depending on body weight.
In spite of this scientific approach to developing footwear she has never lost sight of the more commonly known ways of shoemaking and more recent techniques like rapid prototyping, laser cutting and 3D printing. All these factors combine beautifully designed footwear that’s not only easy on the eye but also a pleasure to walk on!
Photo 1 – photography: Elixabete Lopez
Photo 3 – digital scanning for 3D printing
Photo 2, 4 – photography and art direction: Eliška Kyselkova – styling: Marian Nachima – makeup: Sabrina Moushumy Mamoon – hairstyling: Michael Moon – models: Trang Khieu, Wenwen Lee – postproduction: Máté Dobray, Eliška Kyselkova