Neoprene, which was originally called duprene, was the first mass-produced general-purpose synthetic rubber. Commonly used for many things including wetsuits and laptop cases, here are some examples of its application in shoes. I love how different materials can dictate design, and afford new possibilities, resulting in quite original creations. More on Neoprene at Wikipedia.

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Raf Simons neoprene & leather sneaker via upscalehype
Raf Simons f/w 09 collection showed a strong use of neoprene via gq.com
3 heels by Pierre Hardy via emiblake & iwantigot
Lanvin sneaker via slamxhype
Viktor & Rolf neoprene boot via 00o00
Nike Air Rift White via synamatiq
Nike Air Carnivore Retro "Nearly 17 years ago, it was one of the first silhouettes to use the neoprene boot and a series of straps to create a secure fit around the foot" via burnrubberdetroit

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