light wing trainers: tyvek paper shoes that weigh 150 grams light wing trainers: tyvek paper shoes that weigh 150 grams
jun 20, 2013

light wing trainers: tyvek paper shoes that weigh 150 grams

light wing trainers: tyvek paper shoes that weigh 150 grams
all images courtesy UTLab

 

 

 

after 500+ prototypes, thousands of rubber endurance tests, and a patent applicant dye formula, las vegas-based UTLab has created a collection of ‘light wing’ trainers and slip-ons: paper shoes that weigh just under 150 grams. utilizing dupont tyvek for its main upper construction, the footwear concept takes advantage of the flashspun high-density polyethylene fiber and its structural material properties, which is essentially virtually indestructible and completely water resistant. paired with a ULR outer sole, and poliyou foam in sole, the shoe provides optimal comfort for daily use, while still handling the abuse of every day wear and tear.

 

the ‘light wing’ tyvek shoes are currently seeking funding at kickstarter.

 

 

LIGHT WING trainers: impossibly light tyvek paper shoes

 

 

the tyvek paper shoes weigh just under 150 grams ( size 11 )

 

 

paired with a ULR outer sole, and poliyou foam in sole, the shoe provides optimal comfort for daily use

 

 

construction detail

 

 


(left) ULR outer sole construction, (right) poliyou inner sole construction

 

 

sketches and prototypes

  • when can I get a pair?

    dbkii says:
  • I really just read that as ‘right wing trainers’, and wondered what about a pair of yellow plimsoles was so partisan…

    Allix says:
  • Nice! What about an opensource archive to customize and share models, perhaps just buying the sole?
    by the way, only concern about tyvek: is it transpirating? talking about myself…I’d be crying after 5 minutes with muschio in my feet…

    mm says:
  • try holding tyvek in your hand for a minute. they will begin to sweat.

    now imagine your feet wrapped in that thing.

    500+ prototypes my ass.

    kiper says:
  • I have the yellow one, I have to say its cool shoes. I think you can get it online.

    Elephantree W says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

design news