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

PEOPLE

Living and working with indigenous cobblers and studying their craft and skill around shoes and feet.

PLANET

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

FEET

Studying bio-mechanics, walking, gait analysis and foot health.

 
 

AFTER LIFE

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our core values

PERFORMANCE

MINIMAL IMPACT 
SECOND SKIN

PRODUCTION
CONSUMPTION

3D PRINT
MADE TO MEASURE

DESIGN

MONO MATERIAL
LOW PIECE DESIGN

 
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Ju|'hoansi NAMIBIA
 

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Saami FINLAND
 

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Juttee INDIA

Toehold INDIA

the cobblers we collaborate with

 

team members

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Catherine Willems, dr

Founder FFF and lecturer

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Flora Blommaert

Practice assistant FFF

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Sofie Verclyte

Researcher, Design & legal  Anthropology

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Manuel Pinhero

3D Designer

& Blender specialist

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Midge Sinnaeve

Assistant manager 3D2WALK

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Aisha Kuijk

Assistant manager 3D2WALK

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Rory Curtis

PhD student, Biomechanics

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Kristiaan d'Août, dr

Lecturer University of Liverpool

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Kanti Kuijk

Database designer

 

the partners involved

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