Woodwalk

Design Concept
Material : wood
December 2008

Images courtesy Benjamin Boccas

25-pair limited edition of wooden footwear by Paul Coudamy for K-SWISS,The shoes are hand-carved and produced in a limited edition of 25..

The starting point of reflexion and creation for a K-Swiss design was to ask the sneaker’s original essence to propose an unique prototype. The concept of Woodwalk is founded on a principle of distortion, a temporal contraction in which the Swiss country shoe of 19th is crossed with the urban shoe of the 20th century and a space contraction. We can find this process in the conception ; In fact, Woodwalk’s design is created by computer and permit a matchless precision of the drawing. Woodwalk is a craft production, means that every model are hand-sculpted in wood. Woodwalk is a critical design.

With the reinterpretation of the usual sneaker which is a city dweller’s symbol, Woodwalk changes the codes of the traditional sneaker. This meeting deals with the confrontation between the sens of sneaker and the natural matter of wood. A part of Woodwalk’s concept is to ask the meaning of walking in the city and to invite people reconsidering the urban lifestyles.