Archive for July, 2012

Biomimicry Shoe by Marieka Ratsma and Kostika Spaho

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Marieka Ratsma


A bird’s skull inspired the hollow heel of these 3D-printed shoes by Dutch fashion designer Marieka Ratsma and American architect Kostika Spaho. They used the shape of a bird’s cranium for the front of the shoe, with the tapered beak as the spike of the heel. The lightweight and efficient structure of the hollow skull allowed the shoe to be 3D-printed using less material. Take a look!



Kostika Spaho

creative shoe

Biomimicry Shoe


I love that both the beautiful aesthetic and the structural mechanics were inspired by the same biological source. That happens a lot when engineers and designers drink from the well of biomimicry. Life’s perfect engineering solutions are often resonant with our sense of beauty.