Will 3-D Printing Change Sneaker Culture?

The designer Heron Preston explains how he got into business with a 3-D printing company.

Heron Preston’s mind has been blown a few times in the last two years while in the process of designing a single shoe. Once was when a young engineer named Cornelius Schmitt sent him a WhatsApp message saying he’d just figured out how to 3-D print sock-like material for a shoe.

“I’m going to remember that forever,” said Mr. Preston, a designer who brought streetwear to high fashion in the 2010s with his collective Been Trill.

This week, Mr. Preston and Mr. Schmitt’s shoe will finally be released. Sort of.

Printed in Germany by Mr. Schmitt’s company Zellerfeld,

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