Founded in 1988 as a research
project by Master Leather Craftsman and Custom Shoemaker Alan
Zerobnick, the object of Digitoe Computerized Footwear Systems
was to adapt 3D CAD/CAM technology to Bespoke Footwear.
Digitoe says that it has set
out to develop a total solution from scanning of the foot
to milling the shoe last and producing the shoe. The company
has developed software for designing and modifying a 3D last
and also an alternative to conventional last turning methods.
Digitoe claims that using its process, it is possible to proceed
from sketch to prototype within 24 hours for a concept of a new
Digitoe has also recently demonstrated
a foot scanner and retail sales kiosk which show how a
customer will be able to access the Digitoe electronic catalog
from home on CD or linked to the Internet.
By using CNC driven equipment
Digitoe says that it has developed a new approach to manufacturing
and marketing footwear and is able to offer Custom Fit Footwear
at competitive prices.
Digitoe is currently working
with individuals and shoe manufacturers world wide interested
in licensing its technology. The company will be commercially
operational in 1997 and is planning retail fitting centres
in the USA and Europe.