Zaha Hadid reimagines the shoe

For United Nude Couture

Couture isn’t all about the dresses, you know.

Case in point? Zaha Hadid’s sculptural couture shoe for United Nude, which is refocusing our attention south of the ankle.

Ignoring all the rules was the basic brief to which the world-renowned architect worked, and the resulting creation is as dramatic as you’d expect. Dubbed the Nova shoe, it’s been a long time coming; Hadid and fellow architect – and United Nude co-founder – Rem D Koolhaas have been talking shoes, we’re told, for eons.


Says Hadid of the project: ‘United Nude’s collections are provocative yet sensual. Rem D Koolhaas’ unrelenting experimentation at the cutting edge of fashion never fails to capture our imagination.

‘I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions. Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology; pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.’

But could we run for the bus in them?

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