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Thesis Couture

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Thesis Couture Footwear

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Thesis Couture are a shoe company that has a different approach to developing fashion footwear. Instead of employing just designers they also employ people from a wide range of science backgrounds, including astronauts, orthopedists and materials experts with the aim of approaching shoe design from a physics and engineering perspective. The company wanted to rethink how high heels were designed and have developed stiletto shoes that use advanced polymers rather than metal structures to create a more comfortable high heel. When designing the shoes the science behind load distribution, as well as impact friction as someone walks were all considered.


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