David Prior Hope, Max Hunt, Higor Alves de Freitas, Luke Hillery + Bettina Sosa

Silver

Year of study
3rd Year

University
Imperial College London

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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.