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3D printed shoe that adapts to wearer's foot has left people divided

3D printed shoe that adapts to wearer's foot has left people divided

The Cryptide shoe resembles mythical creatures.

There's a shoe that's been specifically designed to fit your feet.

German designer and architect Stephan Henrich created what is known as The Cryptide shoe.

'This 3D-printed shoe adapts to the wearer's foot like a sock,' Henrich said.

The creature-like footwear uses one flexible TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer) material which Henrich believed to be a 'great material for designing shoes.'

The website states: 'Ingeniously, by varying the wall thickness, specific parts of the footwear become stiffer, while others remain flexible and soft. This makes the Cryptide not only ergonomic but also comfortable to wear.'

Just like a normal shoe size-up, the wearer's foot is scanned beforehand for a better fit.

The shoes resemble mythical creatures / SINTRATEC
The shoes resemble mythical creatures / SINTRATEC

The upper part of the shoe is then printed in one shot using a Sintratec S2 SLS printer, containing individual toe holders, but is 'not much more than a sock.' The bottom half is made of trajectories similar to that of regular sports sneakers.

Additionally, the sole of the shoe resembles mythical creatures.

The official Sintratec website explains the background behind the shoe's name in that it was inspired by mythical creatures such as Bigfoot or Loch Ness that may or may not exist.

The lecturer started this project to show the potential of '3D printing in footwear manufacturing.'

Although the concept is pretty cool and the design is futuristic-looking, the entire and fashion of the footwear is out of the question.

Some fans are fully supporting the revolutionary shoe, with one writing: 'Those look badass lol.'

However, others aren't so impressed.

Some users find the shoes downright 'disgusting' / SINTRATEC
Some users find the shoes downright 'disgusting' / SINTRATEC

One described the shoes as downright 'disgusting' whilst another said: 'I really hope we don’t see these things out in public.'

Another social media user saw the practicality issues, writing: 'oh the collection of crap getting stuck in those.'

Others could just about accept the shoes but wanted to see a 'less lame final version.'

'If you wear this shoe, you will leave traces like a cryptid would do', the outside-of-the-box thinker said.

Whatever you think about the shoe, what's undeniable is the completely recyclable material of the shoe.

They may not have any form of weather protection or ankle support, but they are one of the first manufactured footwear created sustainably.

If Stephan Henrich's name also sounds familiar to you, the robotics designer is the same guy that came up with the crazy Infinity Bike - which was basically a monotyre-clip chain bike without wheels.

Featured Image Credit: SINTRATEC