I spotted this on the ReadyMade blog and was reminded that Fluevog has a yearly effort called “Open source footwear”… I’m not sure if they’re still doing it (seems so) the entries from the previous year are a good read… –
IS YOUR IMAGINATION ahead of the whole shoe industry and you’re sick of waiting for them to catch up? Here’s your chance to go over their heads and deal with someone who actually cares what you want. All that you need is that brilliant idea. Even just for part of a shoe – scribble it down and send it to us. We don’t care if it’s on a bar napkin, as long as we can make it out. So, fax it, mail it, email it, bring it in, just get it to us!
Will I Be Rich? Are you insane? Nobody gets paid for Open Source Footwear designs because nobody owns them. That’s right: once you send us your design, it becomes public domain, freely available to all. We might use the whole thing, base a design of our own on it or just part of it. And your idea might only be for part of a shoe anyway. This keeps everything fair.