Fans of footwear fashion have a chance to get their own one-of-a-kind designer shoe.
New York-based Zellerfeld has opened what it calls an "open beta" program for its 3D printed shoes, thanks to a $15 million investment from private equity's Founders Fund.
The move, Zellerfeld said in a Feb. 22 news release, will "help drive the transformation of the $500 billion footwear industry."
"The newly launched open beta program now offers the general public unrestricted access to 3D printed footwear, with each of the 15 exclusive designs being released in limited quantities," it says.
Zellerfeld spent seven years developing proprietary "printers, software, materials and print-farm design" for the program.
Shoe buyers scan their foot with a smartphone, pick a design and send their order. The company says the shoes are fully recyclable, while having them 3D printed on demand, close to home, eliminates "the sweatshops and human rights violations that have plagued the industry."
Being the first on your block with a 3D printed designer shoe while pushing the boundaries of fashion won't be cheap, of course. Expect to pay $250 or more for a pair.