I have been very involved with the shoes United Nude makes for Iris van Herpen's fashion shows. Responsibilities include translating Iris's sketches to a feasible design, creating CAD models and partly overseeing the small production run. Turnaround is usually about 3 months.
The AW12 Thorn shoe. The upper for this shoe is a 1-piece silicone part, made possible with a silicone vacuum mold. The platform, ABS heel and midsole are glued in after, making for a very production efficient shoe.