3D Printed Shoes Make Bigfoot Tracks

[Stephan Henrich] is probably going to set off a wave of bigfoot sightings if his new shoe, the Cryptide sneaker takes off. The shoe is completely 3D printed in flexible TPE using a laser sintering printer from Sintratec. The shoe takes a name from cryptozoology and, in fact, would leave a puzzling footprint due to its articulated toes and scaly-looking sole.

Judging from the look of the sole, it should be pretty cushy and we presume if you were 3D printing these, you’d scan or precisely measure the intended foot for a perfect fit. You can see a video about the shoe below.

The entire shoe is made from a single material, but different parts of the shoes have different degrees of stiffness created by varying the thickness of the TPE. Apparently, Sintratec is really into shoes since they also are showcasing the Earth Moc by [Daniel Shirley]. We wondered why they didn’t print a second shoe for the guy at the start of that video.

We aren’t sure the shoe’s topology would be workable with a typical printer you might find in your garage. But if you do print up some footwear, be sure to let us know. Not that we haven’t seen some 3D printed sneakers, mind you. Shoe accouterments, though, seem easier to print.



16 thoughts on “3D Printed Shoes Make Bigfoot Tracks

    1. That’s what I was looking for. But from the front view, it looks like there isn’t much chance it’s going to be mistaken for an impression made by any animal.

      1. A long time ago I was told (during a “tracking and trailing” lesson) that one of the ways to tell a fake bigfoot track is to see how splayed the toes are.

        Modern humans have their feet in shoes since birth, and the toes are all close together like sardines in a can, and this translates to barefoot walking. Primitive peoples have toes that are more splayed out, with space between the toes.

        Also, the lump on the outside of the foot (between the heel and the little toe, where the internal joint sticks out a little) is more forward on modern humans, but further back on primitive hominids. Researchers can tell the difference between a modern human footprint and a primitive one using this method.

        Having found this out, I always thought it would be fun to carve a bigfoot with the appropriate splayed toes and back bump and go out and leave some tracks somewhere. Lots of hunters up here in the Northeast, but no one ever looks down any more.

    2. Yes, no picture of the print. You can just imagine.
      Overall it´s a terrible design. Having had some “5 fingers” shoes I can tell: 5 Fingers shoes are hell outside asphalt. Grass? don´t think about it, you end up with grass stuck between the toes. Mud? oh no. Sand? horror.

      Those shoes are the same, absolutely not practical. Unless one has a curious fetishism to constantly remove gravel stuck in the sole.

  1. I’m quite fed up of paying big money for work boots every 4 months. I’d love to have a 3d printed mould for a mushroom leather boot. it would be one piece, so no sole to sew on and i can live without steel toe caps, always found them uncomfortable.

    1. If you really need to: get lasts made then find a shoemaker if they still exist. Vans did this for years from an outline drawn on paper, but alas those days are gone.

      I would, but I wont afford this

  2. You can tell this design doesn’t ‘work’ as a real shoe because the camera isn’t allowed to linger on the foot coming down from the side. Even the final shot of it coming down from the top shows that the design that’s a mess of struts doesn’t work because it twists as it bears his weight.
    3D printing custom fitting shoes could be a wonderful thing, but they don’t have to look like 3D printing adverts.

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