Equality + Justice
Imperial College London
Originating from a speculative brief designing for a Martian colony, Axowear shoes are modular (to enhance longevity) and designed to reduce material consumption through generative design of the sole and tessellating pattern in the lacing system.
The mono-material shoe uses 7 times less water than conventional shoes and is made from plasticised starch infused with natural fibres.
The material is biodegradable; renewable; cheap; washable; uses 8.5 times less water than cotton and grows in half the time; is stronger than polyester and unlike other fibrous plants can grow in harsh condition.