Nike footwear designer, Rolando Hernández Garcilazo recently shared an insight into the design process of Nike’s latest Free Running Footwear Collection.
“Built on a more anatomically shaped last than traditional running models, the 2019 Nike Free Running Collection introduces new elements that enable a more barefoot-like feel than previous versions.” – Nike
The uppers of the latest collection are comprised of thin-stretch mesh with a minimal lacing system for the 5.0 and a lace-less Nike Flyknit with a secondary lock-down overlay for the 3.0. Both were designed to enhance the natural, second skin aspect of the shoes. There’s also a nod to the original shoes in the overall aesthetic too, with a few of the design lines coming from the natural shape of the foot. The smaller Swoosh symbolizes the shoe’s lower-mileage intent, as these models intended for lower-mileage runs, the foam cushioning in the midsoles is slightly firmer, flatter and lower to the ground, with the intention of delivering greater connection and more natural range of motion than before.
You can see some of Rolando’s sketches and renderings, as well as some beauty shots of the final Nike Free 2019 Running Collection, below.
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