Our client had a unique product related to fashion and jewelry. The client wanted to develop a modular shoe embellishment which could be replaced with different jewel designs so the shoe would look different with a single replacement. This meant you could use one shoe (heel) with different combinations.
Image for the final latch prototypes in metal
The key challenge in the project was to design a mechanism to latch the jewels onto the heel in a way that it had minimal effect on the look and feel of the shoe. It had to be sleek and almost invisible yet be strong, robust and durable. One of the key issue was to fit the latch into the different sizes of heels, varying both in shape and profile.
Proposed latch mechanism included Velcro based solution and a plastic/ metal based solution.
Image depicting proposed plastic solution
The design of the holder was designed so it could be manufactured cost effectively at a mass scale yet perform durably for years. The prototypes were developed in flexible plastic using Rapid Prototyping Machines.
Prototype without Jewels
Alongside the base latch BMK also assisted in 3D modeling and prototyping some of the jewels that were in the collection by the client.