ABOUT FUTURE FOOTWEAR FOUNDATION
FFF stands for creating footwear that is sustainable for the body and for the environment.
Future Footwear Foundation was developed by Catherine Willems as part of her doctoral research at KASK School of Arts of University College Ghent, Belgium . The biomechanical component of ‘Future Footwear Foundation’ is done in collaboration with Kristiaan D’Août (Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of Liverpool). Design related aspects involve close collaboration with the artisan communities and different industrial partners with VIVOBAREFOOT as a pioneer, UK-based collaborator, sharing our vision.
Photographs are courtesy of David Willems, Thomas Nolf, Flora Blommaert and Kristiaan D’Août.
the focus of our research
Living and working with indigenous cobblers and studying their craft and skill around shoes and feet.
Working together to create shoes inspired by indigenous designs but adapted to urban lifestyles while exploring new approaches and technologies in order to achieve sustainable production
Studying bio-mechanics, walking, gait analysis and foot health.
our core values
MADE TO MEASURE
LOW PIECE DESIGN
!Aice, N!ani, Komtsa working on the San-dals in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, March 2018
the cobblers we collaborate with
IKunta Bo, headman of Doupos, explaining how to make the n!ang nIosi sandal. Doupos, Namibia, 2018.