Shoe design agrees with Zaha Hadid. Last year, Brazilian footwear company Melissa debuted strappy, space-age plastic wedges designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect. Now it’s onward, to boots! Come September, Lacoste will launch a capsule collection of men’s and women’s footwear designed in collaboration with Hadid, the architect’s office tells us. The final design prototypes (pictured below), which made a splash last fall at London’s Frieze Art Fair, will soon go into production.
(Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects)
Digitizing patterned surfaces (crocodile skin, perhaps?) was the starting point for Hadid’s design of the calf leather boots, which feature embossed and debossed wave patterns. “The design expression behind the collaboration with Lacoste footwear allows the evolution of dynamic fluid grids,” says Hadid. “When wrapped around the shape of a foot, these expand and contract to negotiate and adapt to the body ergonomically. In doing so a landscape emerges, undulating and radiating as it merges seamlessly with the body.”
The boots will have a seamless strap closure and come tucked inside a black Zaha Hadid for Lacoste logo-embossed box, but one unique feature will remain hidden to most: the soles will be printed with a two-dimensional plan drawing of the three-dimensional pattern of the boot. A limited edition run of 850 pairs will be available in black and purple (women’s) and black and navy (men’s) in global outposts of cool such as Colette, 10 Corso Como, and Dover Street Market.