The Zaha Nova is the product of a special collaboration between Rem D Koolhaas - United Nude creative director - and Zaha Hadid - the famed late architect with a passion for shoes. Designed with no preconceptions about the rules of shoe design, the pair created an entirely new form for shoes THAT TRANSCENDS THE DISCIPLINES OF FASHION AND ARCHITECTURE.

The NOVA design incorporates intricate striations juxtaposed with dramatic realignments, establishing a direct formal relationship with the shoe’s primary structure and expressing the dynamic forces applied by every step of the wearer. The rhythmic, articulated transformation of the shoe’s composition encapsulates the seamless integration of materials, inventive engineering and highest standards of comfort.

“Zaha consistently reinvents the program with her own ideas and interpretations. Her visionary creations are often unexpected, yet reinforce their origins,” says Koolhaas. “I could not resist the challenge to work with Zaha. We gave ourselves the greatest degree of experimentation and used the latest digital design and manufacturing technologies to create one of the most innovative shoes ever produced.”

United Nude’s advanced shoe engineering and Hadid’s remarkable design have combined in a most revolutionary shoe, for which an entirely new way of shoe making was invented. Techniques such as injection and rotation molding, as well as hand-molded methods, such as vacuum casting, were combined. In fact, the NOVA is the first shoe in history to employ rotation molding, which is the only molding technique that allows for such a smooth and seamless result. The upper of the shoe combines metallic chromed vinyl rubber and is lined with the highest quality Italian nappa leathers. The hidden platform and heel are composed of fiberglass and the outsole is made of rubber.

Making of Zaha Hadid's NOVA shoes for United Nude from Dezeen on Vimeo.


Each pair will come as numbered limited editions of 100 per color and will only be available on United Nude webshops.

Shop the Zaha Nova shoe here.