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Adidas/Keen/Thirty Two/Chrome Concepts by Jake Childs

Here are some renders, sketches and development images from California based, Senior Continuum ¬†Innovation designer, Jake Childs, during his time at Adidas, and various freelance projects –

‘Right out of school I had a brief stint doing footwear design. I started out at adidas at their U.S. headquarters in Portland, OR working in the Outdoor and Running categories. After about a year and a half, I broke off and worked as a freelance designer executing designs for Keen and Thirty Two snowboarding boots. I also worked with Rofu Design on launching a footwear brand of retro skateboarding sneakers. The brand never took off and the designs I did ended up getting rolled into Chrome’s first line of shoes, many of which can still be seen in their Pedal Series.’ – Jake

Check out more of Jake’s work, after the jump.

‘A quick sketch overlay design refinement of the Defiant road runner.’ – Jake

‘The Daroga is a light, packable shoe that you’d throw into your backpack during an trekking expedition. Once you’ve reached base camp and it’s time to remove the hikers, the Daroga becomes your go-to loafer for lounging around the camp fire. Turns out, it makes a great lifestyle shoe as well.’ – Jake

‘Sometimes taping up a sample and sketching straight on the shoe is the best way to figure out the right design. This was a multi-purpose hiking shoe I worked on while in the adidas Outdoor Group.’ – Jake

‘Outsole options for a water shoe design. I was exploring various ways of laying out water drainage venting while still providing a good gripping surface for this outdoor shoe.’ – Jake¬†

‘Sketch concepts for a trail running shoe for Keen. The idea was to find new ways of executing Keen’s classic webbing wraps.’ – Jake

‘This was one direction for a Tech snowboarding boot – aggressive and protective with a ratcheting band at the top.’ – Jake

‘A different approach for a Tech snowboarding boot – emphasizing the single-cord closure system. The cord lock was inspired by the mechanics found in bike brakes.’ – Jake