Soled Separately

These new shoes come in two partsone for style and one for structure

From skimpy Manolo Blahniks to plush Nikes, shoes are the most fetishized fashion accessory—even the casual collector has a taxonomic variety in the closet. But what if function could be separated from style, and a shoe’s ex­terior skin could be changed on demand? Not long after asking himself this question, Mark Klein, an entrepreneur with a high-tech background, pulled together a team of designers to make such a shoe a reality.

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