As the Dunk craze reaches a fever pitch and Nike seemingly releases a new pair every week, footwear enthusiasts such as myself have begun to ask: Are you done? Immense saturation of popular models doesn’t just ruin the sensation of exclusivity, but it begins to force consumers to confront their greatest fear. We need to stop buying, and we know it.
For some, footwear is a means of self expression, a culture, and a lifestyle, kept on custom built shelves or boxes in pristine condition. For others, shoes simply get them comfortably from point A to B. Most probably fall somewhere in the middle. Regardless, shoes are meant to be worn, and they do get worn. Unfortunately, the days of resoling shoes for longevity are for the most part over, and modern shoes offer very few redeemable qualities with regards to their end-of-life.
But what if it didn’t have to be this way? The age old proverb we’ve all heard a million times teaches us that necessity is the mother of invention, and this rings true frequently within the realm of footwear. The current state of the world requires that we design shoes that minimize their impact on the environment, and designers have answered the call.