For the Spring/Summer 2018 ISSEY MIYAKE collection a third consecutive shoes project was made with UNITED NUDE. Inspired by ISSEY MIYAKE’s concept: “A Piece of Memory”: Memories of faraway landscapes of Iceland as experienced by the design team serve as the starting point. “Nostalgic recollections never before seen”, guide the exploration and preservation of the dignity of material, while utilizing innovative manufacturing techniques and prove once again the synergy between the two brands. Introducing two new shoes, the RISE and the STEP, embody the manifesto of shoes as architecture.
The story of architectural impact continues with the RISE, a high-mid heel with a strong geometric cantilevered heel, which stands at 75mm being one of the most comfortable height for contemporary heels. With three adjustable straps, this exciting sporty looking sandal provides a universal fit. The selection of colors available: Black, White, Yellow and Brown, combining ISSEY MIYAKE’s knitted fabrics in combination with leather detailing where most needed.
The STEP is a fashion sneaker, sporting a crossover between a cup- and runner sole. The lightweight construction makes this shoe one of the most comfortable shoes ever while maintaining its urban contemporary look with a closed front and back, while open on top. Bringing together leather detailing in combination with ISSEY MIYAKE’s knitted fabric, matching the ISSEY MIYAKE SS18 garment collection, the STEP comes in a Black and a White.
Photos Courtesy of United Nude