Allbirds Launches Colorful Flip Flops Made from Sugar

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/allbirds-launches-colorful-flip-flops-made-from-sugar/allbirds-sugar-zeffers-flipflops-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/Allbirds-Sugar-Zeffers-flipflops-1-810x680.jpg" alt="Allbirds Launches Colorful Flip Flops Made from Sugar" /></a>
                                Our love of ridiculously comfortable <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Allbirds</a> kicks is <a href="https://design-milk.com/tag/allbirds/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">well-documented</a> and the brand continues changing the shoe game with their latest: flip flops made from sugar. Yes, sugar. The Sugar Zeffers (<a href="https://www.allbirds.com/products/womens-sugar-zeffers"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Women&#8217;s</a> and <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/products/mens-sugar-zeffers?variant=12243311231045"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Men&#8217;s</a>) give nod to Japanese-style flip flops but feature a <a href="https://www.allbirds.com/pages/our-materials-sugar"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">SweetFoam<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/2.4/72x72/2122.png" alt="™" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></a> sole that was two years in the making. Typical soles are made from the heavily polluting, petroleum-based EVA plastic foam, but Sugar Zeffers are made with <span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;">the world&#8217;s first green-EVA, a material made from renewable sugar cane.</span>
The revolutionary material makes for a bouncy jaunt, conforming to your foot to offer premium comfort. Along with comfort and being made from sustainable materials (both high on our pros list), the flip flops, which come in four must-have colors, are designed to be minimalist with universal appeal that everyone can slide into for eternal happiness. Allbirds is truly doing things to change the footwear industry to make it
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Ica & Kostika Launches with the 3D Printed Mycelium Shoe

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/ica-kostika-launches-with-the-3d-printed-mycelium-shoe/ica-kostika-mycelium-shoe-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Ica-Kostika-Mycelium-Shoe-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Ica &#038; Kostika Launches with the 3D Printed Mycelium Shoe" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.icakostika.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Ica &amp; Kostika</a> just launched their 3D printing studio with the goal of creating fashion-forward footwear via computational design. The Mycelium Shoe is just as much sculpture as it is a shoe, an intricate work of art that&#8217;s designed to make a statement. Whether that statement is on a runway, Lady Gaga&#8217;s feet, or walking down a city street remains to be seen. While we don&#8217;t know where they&#8217;ve end up, we do know a bit about how they began.
The Mycelium Shoe benefits from the latest 3D printing has to offer. First, the future wearer downloads the app and uploads a series of photos of their feet. Their algorithm then creates a 3D sketch that allows for fit improvements before 3D printing and finishing with automotive grade technologies that make up the final structure. The result is a custom fit, wearable shoe with a unique silhouette that will surely
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Studio Hagel Remixes 3D Printed Adidas ALPHAEDGE 4D

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/studio-hagel-remixes-3d-printed-adidas-alphaedge-4d/studiohagel-remix-adidas/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/05/StudioHagel-Remix-adidas-810x609.jpg" alt="Studio Hagel Remixes 3D Printed Adidas ALPHAEDGE 4D" /></a>
                                Oxygen and light applied onto liquid polymer. That&#8217;s the formula <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Adidas</a> is using to manufacture their latest generation of footwear, the <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us/alphaedge-4d-shoes/AC8485.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ALPHAEDGE 4D</a>. Digital Light Synthesis was developed with <a href="https://www.carbon3d.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carbon</a> to allow the footwear makers to tailor midsole structure for cushioning, stability, and comfort specific to the weight and activity of its wearer. Now Amsterdam’s <a href="http://www.studiohagel.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Hagel</a> is using the 3D-printed midsoles and compositing a hybrid shoe as componetry to reconstruct their own unique hi-top reinterpretation.
From Andy Barr, Adidas’s global category director for running:
With AlphaEdge 4D our goal is to enhance the athlete’s preparation for their sport. Running is the foundation of every athlete’s training and at adidas we understand that each athlete exhibits different movement patterns based on their sport, stature and gender.
The original goals of the ALPHAEDGE 4D as stated above – available domestically in the US since February – may have been motivated in
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Slipping into Spring and Summer Shoes with FEIT’s Latest Collection

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                                Now that it’s spring, it’s time to stretch out our toes and switch out of those Wellington rain boots and Sorel snow shoes into something a little less heavy. <a href="https://www.feitdirect.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">FEIT’s</a> new Spring/Summer 2018 collection for both men and women feature handmade leather footwear in various styles that will make you comfortable during these upcoming warmer months.
The collection is comprised of many unisex styles in neutral color ways of tan, black and white. For men, key styles include a hand-sewn open-back mule, a classic oxford in long-haired English suede, a rugged desert boot and a sleek court shoe. Women can choose from a mid-heel mule, a retro-inspired runner, a classic ballet flat and two sandal styles. To purchase your next spring/summer shoe, visit feitdirect.com. SaveSave
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BDDW for FEIT: A Collaboration Between Two Expert Designers

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/footwear-x-furniture-collaboration-two-expert-designers/feit-bddw-hiking-boots11/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/feit-bddw-hiking-boots11-810x559.jpg" alt="BDDW for FEIT: A Collaboration Between Two Expert Designers" /></a>
                                How did a collaboration between a footwear designer and a furniture designer come to be? They both share and uphold the same values in producing high-quality, expertly crafted products that can stand up to the test of time and trends.
Tull Price of FEIT and Tyler Hays of BDDW teamed up to create a very limited run of 60 pairs of hiking boots, each handled with care in Price and Hay’s individual studios for separate steps of the design process. The leather uppers were dyed, painted or embossed by hand in BDDW’s Philadelphia studio and then sent to FEIT to be hand-lasted and hand-sewed. The hiking boots come in an array of solid colors, patterns and nature-inspired markings. Each pair is packaged in a custom wooden box that has been individually numbered and made by BDDW. Each pair also comes with a catalogue that documents the design process and a
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7 Minimalist Sneakers to Maximize Your Wardrobe

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                                I love fancy footworks as much as the next person and believe that a great outfit can be ruined (or at the very least, go undocumented) with a bad choice in shoes (nothing a little photo-cropping can’t fix to salvage that photo though). However, when it comes to sneakers, I hail from the “less is more” camp, even while ‘Dad shoes’ and retro ‘sneaks are making a comeback. Simple, minimalist sneakers just have a soft spot in my heart, especially when they’re well-made and classically designed with modern elements. I’m also more inclined to hand over $200 when I think about how many outfits can go with a minimalist sneaker over a maximalist one.
If you’re in the market for a pair of fresh new kicks, here are 7 current favorites that our Tech Editor Gregory and I rounded up to help with your window shopping.
  1. Rennes by Oliver
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The 1 Reimagined: 14 Women Remix Iconic Nike Silhouettes

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/1-reimagined-nike-silhouettes/the_making_of_the_1_reimagined-nike-news_76632/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/The_Making_of_the_1_Reimagined-Nike-News_76632-810x456.jpg" alt="The 1 Reimagined: 14 Women Remix Iconic Nike Silhouettes" /></a>
                                The <a href="https://www.nike.com/launch/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike 1 Reimagined</a> is the sort of dream project every designer wishes will one day drop onto their desk (or inbox): an assignment revolving around reinterpreting an iconic design for modern times. In the case of sneakers, it doesn&#8217;t get any more storied and iconic than the Nike Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan 1.
New collections revolving around a classic style are nothing new. But in the case of the Nike 1 Reimagined collection, it’s both the individual participants and the sum of the team deserving notice: an all-female team of 14 designers selected from Nike’s internal design, materials, and colorists departments. Led by Nike Senior Footwear Creative Director Georgina James, two groups eventually coalesced around the two styles, with each reimagining both hoops-centric shoes well beyond the original silhouettes. Given carte blanche for two weeks to deconstruct and reassemble to their imagination’s content, the designers of the 1
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UNIQLO and Marimekko Reveal Limited Edition Collection

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/uniqlo-and-marimekko-reveal-limited-edition-collection/uniqloxmarimekko-collection-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/01/UniqloxMarimekko-Collection-1-810x422.jpg" alt="UNIQLO and Marimekko Reveal Limited Edition Collection" /></a>
                                Japanese clothing retailer <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/home/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO</a> revealed their latest collaboration and this one takes them all the way to Finland to partner with iconic Finish design house <a href="https://us.marimekko.com/#US"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Marimekko</a>. The <a href="https://www.uniqlo.com/marimekko/us/en/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">UNIQLO x Marimekko</a> special edition collection includes nine items featuring bold prints inspired by nature and urban lifestyle, designed by Marimekko pattern designer Maija Louekari.
The collaboration is a fitting one, as both brands aim to create products that enhance daily life, and with Marimekko’s beloved prints mixed with UNIQLO’s casual styling, it’s a no-brainer. The collection marks a brand-new print design and includes t-shirts (2 styles, 10 colors/patterns), French-sleeve blouses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), wide cropped pants (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), short-sleeved dresses (1 style, 4 colors/patterns), French-sleeve dresses (1 style, 3 colors/patterns), canvas sneakers ((1 style, 3 colors/patterns), and bags (2 styles, 5 colors/patterns). The UNIQLO x Marimekko Collection will launch online and in stores on March 29th, 2018 at 9pm
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The Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Mirror Image

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                                Noting the gap in talent, the outcome of Wednesday night&#8217;s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder seemed like a foregone conclusion. But amongst sneakerheads there was another reason to tune into the game: whether reigning NBA league MVP Russell Westbrook would be playing in his newly designed signature shoes for the <a href="https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/jordan" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike Jordan Brand</a>.
Though OKC would indeed blowout the Lakers, the game did deliver on the new sneaker front, with Russell Westbrook playing three quarters donning his new Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Mirror Image. Named in reflection and comparison between Michael Jordan’s (in)famous resolute intensity of yesteryear alongside the dogged breakneck effort of Westbrook’s play today, the top expanse of the Mirror Image is embellished – from its heel counter to vamp to toe tip – in service of its namesake with a collage of cutout imagery of both players executed in nostalgic Mars
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Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017

                                In 2017, Design Milk covered everything when it came to Style + Fashion – including wearable devices, architectural jewelry, geometric games, and eyeglasses made from sheet metal. Want to see which post from this category got the most love this year? Read on to find out&#8230;
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/best-style-fashion-posts-of-2017/ces2017_motiv-ring-011111/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/CES2017_motiv-ring-011111-810x556.jpg" alt="Best Style + Fashion Posts of 2017" /></a>
                                10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/ces-2017-motiv-activity-tracker-ring/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">CES 2017: The Titanium-Encased Motiv Activity Tracker Ring</a><br />
This lightweight, waterproof titanium ring keeps tabs on the wearer’s daily activity, heart rate, and quality of sleep for up to 5 days per charge.
  1. Contemporary Jewelry Designed by an Architect
    Architect Ayça Ozbank merged her love of urban cities and jewelry to create Mara Paris, sculptural jewelry that’s wearable.
  1. The Essential Travel Shoe: Allbirds Wool Loungers
    The cozy Wool Lounger from Allbirds combines the comfort and softness of a slipper with the style of a trendy, slip-on shoe.
  1. Jiwoong Jung’s “Hidden Time” Watch Is a Minimalist Magic Act By the Hour
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2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction

                                It&#8217;s one thing to appreciate beautiful design, but it&#8217;s another thing to learn the lengthy process that designers and manufacturers go through to bring a product to fruition. It gives you a new perspective to see the effort put in, and quite frankly, all the blood, sweat, and tears along the way. Here we look back on the 12 designs we featured this year in our Deconstruction column.
                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/2017-year-in-review-deconstruction/decon-bend-goods-betty-chair-0-2/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2017/12/Decon-Bend-Goods-Betty-Chair-0-810x540.jpg" alt="2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction" /></a>
                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-look-at-how-bend-goods-betty-came-to-be/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">A Look at How Bend Goods’ Betty Came to Be</a><br />
Bend Goods gave us a look at how one of their newest designs, the Betty Stacking Chair, was born. How Big Chill’s Retro Fridge Came To Be
The Retro Original Fridge from Big Chill is where it all began so take a look at how this mid-century design came to be. A Look at the Design Process of Juniper’s Love Me Not Pendant
For this Deconstruction, we checked in with Brooklyn’s Juniper
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Charlotte Olympia Releases Collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/charlotte-olympia-releases-collaboration-with-zaha-hadid-design/zhd_charlotteolympia_01/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/ZHD_CharlotteOlympia_01-810x568.jpg" alt="Charlotte Olympia Releases Collaboration with Zaha Hadid Design" /></a>
                                After Zaha Hadid&#8217;s untimely death last year, British luxury shoe and accessory brand <a href="http://www.charlotteolympia.com/en/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Charlotte Olympia</a> paid tribute by launching a <a href="http://www.charlotteolympia.com/en/co/zaha-hadid/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">two piece collection</a> they collaborated on with the late designer&#8217;s firm, <a href="http://zaha-hadid-design.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Zaha Hadid Design</a>. The limited edition designs, a platform wedge shoe and a clutch bag, perfectly merge the aesthetics of both entities and are a reflection of Zaha&#8217;s original ideas which came about after their 2015 meeting.
The bold pieces, which feature perspex and rose gold accents, incorporate Zaha’s signature sinuous style with Charlotte Olympia’s immaculate craftsmanship, making these limited edition pieces worth every penny for both design and fashion lovers. Both designs are available exclusively at Charlotte Olympia retail shops and online at www.charlotteolympia.com. Photos courtesy of Charlotte Olympia.
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The North Face x Publish Brand “Earth’s Core” Collaboration

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/the-north-face-publish-brand-earths-core/northface_publish-0/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://design-milk.com/images/2017/11/NorthFace_Publish-0-810x540.jpg" alt="The North Face x Publish Brand &#8220;Earth&#8217;s Core&#8221; Collaboration" /></a>
                                SoCal clothier <a href="http://publishbrand.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Publish Brand&#8217;s</a> streetwear cred was established by their hugely popular line of jogger pants and other complementary pieces that made it easy for those with an affinity for kicks to bring attention to their finest sneakers. They&#8217;ve gone onto bigger and brighter things, including a follow-up to last year&#8217;s unexpected collaboration with outdoor gear giant, <a href="https://www.thenorthface.com/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">The North Face</a>. The partnership resulted in “<a href="http://publishbrand.com/collaborations/midnight-in-antartica-with-the-north-face/" data-wpel-link="external"  rel="external noopener noreferrer">Midnight in Antarctica</a>,” a moody trio of deep navy hued footwear styles applied onto classic North Face silhouettes. This year&#8217;s collaborative footwear collection “Earth’s Core” is fire to last year&#8217;s ice.
Both the North Face’s Litewave Ampere II HC and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II models distinguish themselves with a vibrant treatment of bright orange across their soles, embellishing the lightweight materials of each shoe engineered for trekking activities where every ounce counts. The larger silhouette of the Litewave Ampere II HC features a
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