Dealing with shoe sizes and the large amount of variation between brands may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to the Swedish firm Volumental.
Sizes are useful, but not everyone fits perfectly into a size, and every brand has at least some slight variance. This isn’t just true for shoes: we all have at least one item of clothing or accessory that we can never quite get to fit off-the-rack.
Volumental’s system uses 3D cameras to scan and map part of a persons body in seconds, creating a model that shows not only the size, but individual shape of, say, a person’s foot, with millimeter precision.
This information allows the manufacturer to produce a shoe that fits each person perfectly, something co-founder Caroline Walerud called “size me”, in a statement to The Guardian.
This system stands to replace the trial and error, and in some cases guesswork, of shopping for clothes, shoes, and other items. Volumental even predicts that in the future, it may be possible for the average user to scan their own body at home using smartphones or tablets, and use that data to order online.
The first store to trial this service will be Scarosso (an Italian leather shoemaker), in Frankfurt.