Dopie - naked shoes for naked people?
Dopie evolved over a long time of researching different shapes and materials to find the most minimal footwear possible (without just sticking things on the soles of your feet!). Dopie was designed by Matthew Harrison while studying at the Royal College of Art in London and developed together with Terra Plana into a finished product that is super comfortable, moulds to your feet, and for those who care, straightens out your toes and stops you getting bunions...
Dopie Design Evolution
Dopie evolved over a long time of researching different shapes and materials to find the ultimate in minimal footwear. These pictures illustrate key moments in the design of Dopie by Matthew Harrison while studying at the Royal College of Art in London.
First ever prototype - Testing the Idea This foam prototype was made very quickly to try out the idea that if a shoe was light enough and had a rigid sole, all you would need is a small ‘nipple' between the toes to hold it on the foot.
Playing with the shape Card models, stuck together with masking tape, with notes drawn on them helped develop Dopie's characteristic shape and style.
Refining the concept Form and structure is refined through models made from blue foam, that can be quickly shaped with hand tools.
Presentation model This model was made from a computer generated CAD file, rapid prototyped with an SLA machine and then cast in resin, to produce a hard visual model. This is the model that was presented at the RCA graduate show, and to Terra Plana, who would go on to manufacture the shoe.
Mould pattern v.1 This is the first pattern made the factory in China, and was used to make the first moulded prototypes. It has the Dopie logo sketched on the top surface in black marker pen.
First moulded prototypes These pink shoes were the first moulded prototypes. They were a single foam piece, but proved to be too uncomfortable in between the toes. We needed a softer material around the toes, but to keep the rigid light foam as the main body.
Dopie Mk1 to Mk2 This adapted moulded prototype shows the softer rubber parts painted onto it, and slots on the side added for an optional strap.
Final mould pattern This is the pattern which the final production moulds were made from, with softer toe and heel sections, and side slots for straps and accessories.
Finished product.. ...and the final products...for the mean time anyway, further innovations to come! Matthew Harrison and creatiive partner Cian Plumbe run a design studio in Stoke Newtingon, London, named Studiohead. Please visit our website for more information: studiohead