After the successful launch of our book "Do You Want Your Feet Back? Barefoot Cobblers" in Vivobarefoot store, Neal Street London; We invite you for our next presentation in Antwerp on 30.01.2019 / 18:30 - 20:00The event will take place in the Copyright Bookshop on Nationalestraat. Welcome!

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Do You Want Your Feet Back?Barefoot Cobblers Future Footwear Foundation is thrilled to announce its first book! 19 x 27 cm, 148 p, ills colour, dust jacket, EnglishISBN 9789490800994design: 6′56″ Els Roelandt & Catherine Willems (eds.) edition of 1500 e28,00- € About the book: What makes Catherine Willems’ work on “future footwear” so appealing is its promise to leapfrog more than 150 years of industrialization, with all its attendant afflictions—environmental destruction, depletion of natural resources, extreme global inequality—and

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During State of Fashion, a presentation, debate or talk is organised every Friday in our event space: The Whataboutery. How can we come up with solutions for the sustainability issue that is so urgent in the fashion industry? Like the exhibition, the discussions in the Whataboutery are part of the search for the new luxury. You as a visitor are cordially invited to think along critically, ask questions, and have a conversation with our special

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Barefoot Hero. Biomechanics workshop with Kristiaan D'Août, @livUniAgeing, University of Liverpool, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, @eelko_moorer, @london_college_of_fashion and Catherine Willems, @schoolofartsgent. Foot measuring and biomechanics form the base of a footwear design project between students of the institutes mentioned above. Kick off at White Wolf Yoga Liverpool with a toe yoga session given by Louise

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS: Selective Laser Sintering technology in Polyamide (PA). TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS: Handcrafted shoe production and 3D-printing have a lot in common: its use of materials and time and its focus on the individual. After scanning a person’s feet ‘a made to measure’ shoe is printed in specific 3D-printed material. The link with the indigenous counterpart, a Bantu shoe made out of vegetable tanned buffalo hide, is clear both in aesthetics and in biomechanical properties. A

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On June 27th we had a full day seminar in Ghent, where the futurefootwearfoundation advisory board members introduced themselves, the centers that they represent, how they relate to futurefootwearfoundation, and the students involved in futurefootwearfoundation presented their work. In the seminar all three pillars of our foundation came together: Design, Anthropology and Biomechanics. From L to R : catherinewillems, founder of futurefootwearfoundation - els_roelandt from schoolofartsgent - board member eelko_moorer from lcflondon_ - board member Kristiaan D'Aôut from university of Liverpool -

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American Journal of Physical Anthropology Abstract: This study investigates biomechanical implications of walking with indigenous “Kolhapuri” footwear compared to barefoot walking among a population of South Indians. Materials and methods: Ten healthy adults from South India walked barefoot and indigenously shod at voluntary speed on an artificial substrate. The experiment was repeated outside, on a natural substrate. Data were collected from (1) a heel-mounted 3D-accelerometer recording peak impact at heel contact, (2) an ankle-mounted 3D-goniometer

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Research at the convergence of indigenous craftsmanship and modern technology. Catherine Willems (ontwerper/designer) Dries Vandecruys (producent/producteut/producer) KASK / RSPrint / Materialising / Vivobarefoot / Toehold (NL) Future Footwear 2.0 onderzoekt een platte schoen die blootvoets stappen benadert door materiaalgebruik en biomechanisch onderzoek. Er is een sensor ontwikkeld die je voet scant en dan een schoen print die perfect past. Het concept vertaalt de traditionele ambachtelijke schoen van de Zuid-Indische Kolhapuri gemeenschap in een innovatief product.

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                      4th International NWFashionConference Local Fashion Communities University of Antwerp, Belgium 24-26 November 2016 A forum to explore fashion systems around the world. Fashion can be an important engine in the environmentally, culturally and economical sustainable development of communities with the potential to be a crucial element in the cultural ecosystem that nourishes identity formation. As central theme of this academic conference, we would like

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