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Exclusive: Dame Zaha Hadid designs shoes for United Nude

Architect Dame Zaha Hadid has designed a limited edition shoe for footwear brand United Nude

The Nova shoe launches at designer concept store L’eclaireur, in Paris today (July 2)

Hadid, who designed the Aquatic Centre for the London Olympics as well as some of the world’s most iconic buildings, has developed a system that allows the 16cm (6.25 in) heel to appear completely unsupported.

The upper of the shoe combines metallic chromed vinyl rubber and is lined with Italian kid nappa leathers. The hidden platform and heel are composed of fiberglass and the outsole is made of rubber.

She said: “I have always appreciated those who dare to experiment with materials and proportions. Our collaboration with United Nude reinterprets the classic shoe typology; pushing the boundaries of what is possible without compromising integrity.”

The shoe will come in numbered limited editions and will be available to buy at L’Eclaireur in Paris and both the Zaha Hadid Design and United Nude webshops.

The collaboration follows the opening of the United Nude pop-up store on Neal Street at the end of April and the United Nude Concept store on Regent Street last month.

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