HILOS is introducing a radically new way to make shoes that blends artistry with performance. The Portland-based company combines the traditional insole, midsole, and outsole of a shoe into a single 3D printed platform that embodies the performance requirements of each of these layers within a complete construction.
Inset into the platform is a woven mesh of lattice that acts as a dynamic form of supportive cushion. The end result is a soft, springy footbed with a flexible platform that cradles each step. The show is 3D printed using MultiJet Fusion technology from a new performance material with the flex and spring of a running shoe.
HILOS is changing the way shoes are made by blending tech and hand, utilizing additive manufacturing to solve pressing design and environmental issues while elevating the craft that humanizes our products to make them staple treasures.
Every pair of HILOS is engineered to be disassembled and repurposed for a second life. This level of circularity means designing with intention from concept to production. It also means making products that not only last but have an end of life plan. Every order at HILOS comes with a return label to make it easy to send your used HILOS back to us for recycling, earning customers 15% off their next purchase. The team at HILOS will then disassemble them and send the materials off to a network of partners who can recycle and reuse the leather uppers and 3D printed platforms for new products.
Using 3D printing technology means HILOS is able to make only what’s needed exactly when it’s needed. It’s a radically new way to make footwear that puts an end to over-production while making a quality product that fits you, not the other way around. This means more sizes, personalized, without having to worry about what’s in stock.
In addition, thanks to 3D printing, each pair of HILOS uses 85% less water than traditional footwear takes to produce – that’s saving 1,700 gallons of water per pair. The designers, engineers, and artists at HILOS use 3D printing to make for each customer, not for the store shelf, with custom on-demand manufacturing that empowers and celebrates the craftsperson instead of sidelining them. HILOS is building a future for personalized products made locally and sustainably – aligning people, products, and the planet.