3D design and printing technology helps shoe design contest winners come out on top – 3DPrint.com

First place winner Ekaterina Gapeeva

For a glimpse into the future of footwear, take a look at the winning entries – and impressive finalists – from Delcam CRISPIN and www.3DShoes.com’s Global Shoe Design Competition, which was announced in October. . Delcam CRISPIN, the world’s largest provider of CAD/CAM software for the footwear industry, has challenged shoe designers around the world to do their best and come up with shoes designed and 3D printed that don’t don’t forgo portability for aesthetic appeal.

Competitors, industry professionals and students, were tasked with using Delcam CRISPIN’s ShoeMaker 3D design software to design a shoe’s sole and upper. The designs were then refined in Keyshot 3D, rendering software integrated with ShoeMaker and allowing designers to visualize objects in different lighting situations. A panel of judges drawn from the footwear and 3D design and printing industries chose the winners of the Global Shoe Design Competition from a pool of over 100 entries.

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First place

In first place were 25-year-old Ekaterina Gapeeva’s elegant high-heeled sandals, inspired by natural motifs, including real and mythical birds – peacocks and firebirds, in particular. She is also driven by the creative genius of some of the world’s most esteemed fashion designers – Chanel, Gucci, Giuseppe Zanotti, Stella Jean and Valentino. Gapeeva is a shoe designer from Minsk, Belarus who only started using Delcam’s CRISPIN software four months before entering the competition. She found the design process “in full 3D” exciting and said she believed it “would change not only the Belarusian shoe industry, but also the whole world”. One of the exciting perks of winning first place will be showing off your design in person at SIMAC, a massive trade show, in Milan February 25-27.

Gapeeva, although quite young, has already participated in several international fashion competitions in Minsk and Moscow where she caught the attention of fashion bloggers and judges. After graduating with a university bachelor’s degree in shoe and accessory design, she already has three years of industry experience with one of Belarus’ largest shoe companies. Gapeeva has her own blog where she shares her creations.

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The second place

In second place was Zhang Xiaolong, whose design was submitted in the Athletic category. Halfway between high-top sneakers and boots, her Op Art-style shoes are comfortable and super functional. Xiaolong did his research by analyzing “the environment of basketball players”, taking into account various factors such as temperature, injuries and competitiveness. He studied product design at Hubei University of Technology in Hubei, Wuhan, Hongshan, China and started his career as a basketball shoe designer, creating shoes for the NBA and CBA. He is currently working as an innovation research designer at Anta Innovation Research Center, where he studies and develops new product trends and designs professional sports shoes for Chinese national team athletes.

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Third place

The third place winner, design student Cari-Dawn Conejero Campbell from the Philippines, submitted her entry in the Women’s Formal category. She completed her design studies at the Philippine Footwear Federation and immediately began her apprenticeship at one of the oldest shoe factories in Marikina City, Philippines, considered “the shoe capital” of the country. Named “Codex Zero”, his truly exquisite and lavish shoe design was inspired, Conejero Campbell said, “by the Mayan snail-shell symbol of constant spiraling evolution.” She sees her design as a variation on the ancient theme of body art, with the shoe “appearing as part of the wearer’s foot, an extension of the path we are taking into the future of shoe design”.

Undoubtedly, this path crosses the world and is rendered in 3D and, in part, paved by industry leaders like Delcam CRISPIN and talented young designers like the first three winners of the Global Footwear Design Competition. For a preview of the impressive designs of several finalists, check out the contest site.

Let us know your thoughts on these winning designs in the Delcam CRISPIN 3D Printed Shoe Contest Winners forum thread on 3DPB.com.