Vibram, the famous Italian outsole manufacturer, is launching a customization tool called Vibram Component. The tool is a package that includes the brand’s first-ever sole, the Carrarmato, alongside a kit comprising pieces of leather, laces, and fabric.
To begin, creatives will be able to choose the Carrarmato sole in a color of their choice — black, brown, or white — as well as the color of their leather and fabric components. Those assembling the shoe will then have everything they need to manually put together their own, non-glue shoes.
The different colors of the leather and laces allow the creators to mix and match and gives those assembling the shoes several options to personalize — whether through color or through the pattern of the laces and stitching.
According to Gianmarco Ricci, Vibram Connection Lab Director, “Vibram Component is a concept that aims to return to a hands-on/do-it-yourself attitude, using low-tech personalization.”
It’s a simple DIY kit that allows sneakerheads of all abilities to fulfill a lifelong dream, which is to literally make their own shoe. You can get as complicated or simple as you want with it, as Vibram Component’s ambassadors have shown. These are James Shaw, Gio Pastori, Ruth Neubauer, and Rayon Vert, whose creations are featured above.
Vibram has big plans for this DIY kit. “This is only the first step of Vibram Component, a work in progress that could be inclined to more evolutions and variations, both with regards to collaborations with brand and designers, but also the actual sole technology.”
For more information on Vibram Component, head to Vibram’s site here.