Mr. Bailey
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Adidas Small Sided Football by Tom Weightman

Footwear designer Tom Weightman, created a series of small sided football boots inspired by the people and city that he raised him; London.

“I’m a London native, and I have lived here my entire life apart from one year which I spent in Nuremberg, Germany. Ever since I can remember I was playing football, in London, in my Arsenal kit and adidas Boots. So, this was a great chance for me to look back on my own experiences here and create three boots which span across the average playing years of an amateur player in London.” – Tom

Tom created a series of three concepts for specific groups of football players; The Young Enthusiast (children aged between 8-16 playing everyday), The Rush Hour Hero (a young(ish) business professional aged 18-35 playing a couple times a week) and The Keen Amateur (aged between 18-30 playing most days of the week).

You can see all three of the final concepts, with a detailed look at the initial ideation and research that went into them, below.
 

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Instagram Sketch-A-Day by Evan Hoffman

Designer, Evan Hoffman has been showcasing his daily thumbnail sketches, a super interesting mix of styles and silhouettes drawn on his iPhone 6, for the past 27 days on his Instagram account.

From dynamic brogues to sleek runners, you can see some of Evan’s quick thumbnail concepts, below.

 

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A Sneak Peek at No.One’s Next Shoe; The Charlie

LA Based shoe brand & atelier, No.One is readying the release their next style, The Charlie. Though there aren’t any pictures of the full sneaker yet, they’ve been subtly dropping sneak peeks of the shoe, and as you would expect from them, the detailing and material choices are incredibly on-point. Expect a beautifully finished full grain veg tan upper with lambskin eyelets to sit atop what looks to be a classic Margom style sole unit with a cleanly branded tread pattern.

You can see more sneak peeks, taken from No.One’s Instagram story, below.
 
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Iris Van Herpen Inspired Footwear by Adrien Wira

Designer Adrien Wira recently posted a series of concepts inspired by the famous Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen.

“I’ve been inspired by her impressive work for a couple of years and I thought about using some of my favourite IVH pieces to create unique pieces of footwear.” – Adrien

From increidbly complex pleats, to emotive outsole creations, you can see Andrien’s super impressive renderings, below.
 
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LACE UP | A Word from D’Wayne Edwards

As you may have seen from our previous post, D’Wayne Edwards’ Pensole has teamed up with YouTube Red to offer up a never seen before sneaker design reality tv show entitled, LACE UP: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge.
 
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“It has been over 7 years since I left JORDAN as Footwear Design Director to start PENSOLE Academy to help young aspiring designers to turn their passion for designing sneakers into a career. To date we have over 200 former students working but I want to do more so I’ve been working with YouTube Red for the last year, to create an original series called LACE UP: The Ultimate Sneaker Challenge. Never thought I would do a reality show but I wanted to celebrate our culture and give people from around the world the opportunity to see the hidden secrets of what it takes to create sneakers. I personally selected 12 aspiring designers from around the world to come to PENSOLE and compete to design a shoe for James Harden and ultimately earn a design job at adidas.

To elevate the show, we brought in some familiar faces to hang in the studio with us: sWoozie will be hosting each of the 8 episodes along with Anthony Anderson, Fetty Wap, Ashley Graham, Macklemore, Jamie Chung, Stan Smith, Jesse Wellens, Eddie Huang, Jacques Slade, James Harden, and Damian Lillard as special guests.

My career started by me simply dropping a new sketch everyday in a wooden suggestion box while I was a file clerk at LA Gear back in 1988 with hopes someone would notice my work. 6-months and 180 sketches later I was blessed with an opportunity. Almost 30 years later, we have a digital suggestion box called the internet. Throughout the series, we created the LACE UP Suggestion Box, a social media contest open to anyone interested in submitting designs (launches 9/14 at LACEUP.TV) with the goal of discovering new talent, a modern version of my discovery 29 years ago. We will select 7 winners who will receive a scholarship to attend PENSOLE so I can show them how to go from sneakerhead to sneaker designer.” – D’Wayne

Episodes 1-3 premiered yesterday (September 13th) at 11am PT on YouTube Red, with new episodes dropping every Wednesday. For a glimpse of what the show will have in store, check out the supercut below.

To see the episodes as they air, head here (only valid for today) for a free 3 month trial of YouTube Red.
 

 

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New Balance Study by Austin Jermacans

Initially, part of a 12-month project, (the brief was brought to a halt after the designer was offered a full-time role) this project was an after-hours conceptual study done during designer, Austin Jermacans 6-month apprenticeship at New Balance.

“The idea behind this concept stems from the continuous commercialization of 3D printed products. As the means of production becomes affordable, having a mirrored design for the left and right foot could become archaic for a dynamic sport such as fencing.” – Austin

Despite the project ending before he had time to really finish it, Austin spent some time with New Balance 3d artist, Kayla Roskopf to visualize where he left off, which you can see below.
 
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Hunter Sneaker Boot by David Hardie

A look at designer, David Hardie’s Hunter ‘mini project’, where he envisioned what a Hunter Sneaker Boot might look like.

“I noticed that Hunter had been designing more street style clothing and sneakers recently and that the flagship stores were in Japan, New York and London. So I chose to design a sneaker boot style that might fit well with these locations.” – David

From initial sketches and inspiration boards, through to a final 3D rendering, see David’s Hunter Sneaker Boot project in full, below.
 
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Anna Kjær Damgaard Experiments with Tactility (Video)

As part of her graduation project, “THE LUCID NIGHTMARE COLLECTION” designer Anna Kjær Damgaard created a series of concepts that toyed with senses and the way people would normally interact footwear. From paper cups and bags of flower, to styrofoam pellets and plastic bags, each iteration altered the way in which the user walked, their posture while walking and also quite interesting, the sound they made while walking.

“I wanted to change the perception of footwear by affecting people’s senses and imagination through new tactile and visual impressions.” – Anna

Again, this was just one part of the project, which you can see in full here.

In the video below, you can see someone (who I would assume is Anna herself) trying to walk in some of the various iterations of footwear.
 

 
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Sneakers: The Book | Sneaker People. Sneaker Stories.

Sneakers, a book covering the sneaker story behind industry gurus, athletes, celebs and designers that are currently moulding and shaping the footwear landscape, is almost ready to be released. From designers like Tinker Hatfield, Nic Galway and Marc Dolce (and a few, more “familiar” faces…) to industry titans like, Jeff Staple, Virgil Abloh and Ronnie Fieg, authors Howie Kahn and Alex French have curated an incredible list of creatives, topped with the beautiful design eye of Rodrigo Corral, noted for his work on Jay-Z’s, Decoded.

Sneakers: The book, is currently available for pre-order here, and will be launched offically on October 24th.

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Here’s a much more eloquent summary from the authors themselves –

An absolute necessity for design devotees and sneakerheads of all ages! Sneakers is a definitive exploration of the cultural phenomenon of sneakers, now an 85-billion-dollar-a-year industry. This gift-worthy book features 320 pages of photos and interviews with industry gurus, sports legends, and celebrities in a stunning package created by celebrated designer Rodrigo Corral.

The book’s carefully-curated list of participants takes readers to the center of the action. Edson Sabajo, owner of Amsterdam’s seminal sneaker boutique, Patta, leads a sneaker hunt that starts in the back-alleys of Philadelphia and ends in the Middle East. Jeff Staple, designer of a pair of sneakers that resells for $6000, recalls the sneaker riot his design kicked off on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 2005. Jim Riswold dishes on making commercials with Michael Jordan. Ronnie Fieg explains the collaborative magic of KITH. Adidas’s Rachel Muscat and Jon Wexler get philosophical about their star collaborator, Kanye West. Nike’s legendary Tinker Hatfield takes a glimpse into the future. Professional tennis player Serena Williams shares an exclusive reveal. And much, much more. From its arresting cover design and thought-provoking interiors to the unprecedented depth of its first-person accounts, Sneakers is an absolute must-have for sneaker lovers and anyone who is interested in design, creative process, street culture, branding, entrepreneurship, art and fashion.
 
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Superheroic’s Packaging is on Another Level (Video)

Founded by former Jordan Brand design director Jason Mayden, Superherioc aims to encourage kids to get back outside and play. And they’re doing it through some of the most creative and fun product design I’ve seen applied to footwear in quite a while. The TMBLR v1, Superheroic’s first shoe, features a seamless interior lining, an adjustable utility strap across the vamp, a dual-density midsole and an offset rubber outsole that helps provides stability on uneven surfaces. But the product itself is just the beginnning.

Though the execution of the brand as a whole is super impressive, what honestly really hit home to me just how well thought out everything is, was the packaging.
Coming in a shuttle-inspired tube that when opened plays theme music, the shoes are displayed in an incredibly playful structure (like something straight out of a superhero cartoon), and also come with a utility draw-string bag that has a cape attached to it. Honestly, the number of levels to this whole thing is pretty incredible.

You can see the Superheroic TMBLR v1’s and their incredible packaging in full in Jacques Slade’s unboxing video below.
 
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Did Big Baller Brand Rip Off BrandBlack? Apparently not…(Video)

Last week, SLAM magazine and Big Baller Brand announced their next signature shoe, this time for the youngest of the Ball brothers, LaMelo. And if you were like me, you realized straight away that there was something very familiar about it. There was an uncanny resemblance between their latest signature model and BrandBlack’s Rare Metal Basketball sneaker. Surely they didn’t just rip them off?

Well, as it turns out they didn’t, and the reason for the resemblance is due to the fact that Brandblack’s David Raysse and Billy Dill have created a separate design agency, and are currently working with the Big Baller Brand.

Details are sparse and cloaked in a good amount of secrecy, but according to Nightwing2303 of WearTesters.com, “Not only are they helping BBB develop their upcoming sneakers from a design perspective, but they’re also assisting BBB in creating new technology and materials that are said to differentiate the BBB products from what Brandblack produces”.

You can see more from Nightwing2303’s video below.
 

 
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Alexander Wang x adidas Originals Concept by Kasey LaCourse

A quick look at a beautiful Alexander Wang x adidas Originals concept by a designer we featured just last week, Kasey LaCourse.

“This concept incorporates a partially hidden full Primeknit sock with a nappa leather vamp and a dual toggle closure system. The outsole includes a black BOOST midsole partially enclosed in a rubber shell, with a 2.5mm lugged continental rubber skin. The idea was to combine adidas’ modern tech with authentic premium materials. The perfect match for the fall season.” – Kasey

Kasey created four different iterations of his concept, which you can see below.

 

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