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We all know that shoes are another form of art but London-based footwear designer Chengxu Tian takes it to a whole other level with his latest collection, The Layering Movement.

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The shoes were Tian’s final collection for his MA course in Fashion Design and Technology (Footwear) at the London College of Fashion. Inspired by 3D layering texture effects, it includes sneakers, booties and pumps that are all bold in color and linear in arrangement. Tian uses an updated injection mold technique that involves two electric ovens instead of one and a stronger-than-normal press machine to combine PVC and fabric and eliminate the use of glue on the shoe.

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The results are graphically stunning. Each pair in The Layer Movement features raised patterns that are layered on top of one another or interwoven with different, contrasting colors. From every angle (including the sole), Tian ensures that this collection challenges the norms of mass footwear production in China.

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Visit Tian’s site to learn more about the collection.

Vy Yang enjoys contributing to Design Milk, playing fetch with her goldendoodle Conan, and occasionally writing on her blog It’s After Five, her creative outlet to let loose on after she has left her regular 9-to-5 for the day.