UP-PART is a modular shoe looking at extending footwear’s lifespan.

With the current sneaker trend, ever more low quality, cheap shoes are sold. Weak points in their designs lead to a lifespan that hardly exceeds a year when worn on a regular basis.

UP-PART shoes provide sole and upper separately. Either can be replaced when damaged, hence limiting waste.

Since every part is detachable by the user, they are also easier to recycle.

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Using a grid & clip system with either straps or laces, it can easily be assembled by users. This design opened substantials opportunities for customisation.

UP-PART’s sole, upper, tongue, backtab, straps and laces being interchangeable, it allows endless possibilities to re-style the shoes from a wide variety of colours, textiles and textures.

This results in an ever-changing and everlasting footwear which can be adapted to any mood, season, and style.

photo credit: Iris Rijskamp

First UP-PART prototype: the sole is modelled in CAD then CNC milled in hard foam in order to make a mould. It is then casted in rubber.

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Colour and material combinaison tryouts 

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Store simulation: the customer can build and customise his own shoe from the variety of tones & textures.

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UP-PART shoes comes as high, low and open sneakers.