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Cact: the adaptable desert shoe 

Project Brief: Create a shoe that can be used for the changing terrain of the Desert 

Duration: 3 weeks

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Desert: an untapped market 

While around 33 percent of the world remains as desert, few shoes are solely made with desert living in mind  


Preferred Desert shoes 

due to the lack of a custom shoe in the market, people attempt to find shoes intended for other uses to wear on the daily


medium trekking shoes 

heavy desert boots 

lightweight water slippers 

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The shoes form came from taking softer shapes and merging them with rougher patterns and forms.

However, with such diverse desires, modularity became something that was became a highlight to try to implement into the final design. 

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renders focused on making the "idea" of a modular shoe into an understandable concept that I could 3d model


Final Design 

The final design used the desert setting and created a shoe that can be turned into a boot, or even have the tread replaced altogether. 


Form 1: shoe

Perfect for going on the beach, or a small hike, the easy pull up design allows for fast wearing and long lasting comfort 

Form 2: boot

Going off the beaten path? the boot will allow for a better seal against sand and a fast transformation

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