DIY Shoes: Moon Life by United Nude

These DIY shoes come flat-packed and ready for you to assemble and wear, with interchangeable uppers for a custom look every time.

The “Moon Life” project, initiated by Spanish performance-artist Alicia Framis, is all about space travel and the speculation of future living in space. She invited a select group of artists, architects and designers to create futuristic, radical and even political but humane concepts for the lunar environment. United Nude was invited to design a shoe suitable for outer space.

United Nude decided to create an elegant high-heeled shoe that would be appropriate for space’s temperature and pressure, with the ability to function well in a gravity-rich environment. They also decided that one may take a far journey into space, it would be best to design something easily packable and transportable. Therefore, the flat-packed concept arose.

The shoes’ base is made from flat carbon fiber pieces, molded foot-bed pieces and 3-dimensional sole pieces that simply slot into each other. These parts are all adjoined by a thin wire span on the sides. The upper of the shoe is a lace with 2 leather pieces. The assembly takes no longer than 10 minutes for each shoe.

United Nude is developing a final version of this product that will be available for purchase in very limited numbers at, as well as at selected museum gift-shops around the world and at the brand’s website Maybe one day you’ll take them with you into space?

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.