For now, it is just one student’s brilliant project. In the future, who knows, it could become a model adopted by the big sports shoe brands.

The idea is that of a young French designer, Lucille Nguyen, who recently graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, where she presented her idea, Up-Part, as a degree project.


“More and more low-quality sneakers are being sold” explains Nguyen (not Italian sneakers, we add), “and design weaknesses lead to short product durability, which rarely exceeds one year if worn regularly”.

Hence, the intuition of creating a “modular” model in which the upper and the sole are held together by an ingenious string system that, in addition to allowing the worn or damaged part to be replaced quickly and effortlessly, also offers almost unlimited customisation possibilities.