Mr. Bailey
Designer + Footwear Architect | Founder of @ConceptKicks | Instagram @MrBailey_ | www.MrBailey.co.uk

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Footwear Experiements With Tim Zarki

3D artist, Tim Zarki recently posted a couple of footwear experiments entitled, Goji and Goko that he created utilizing generative design techniques in Houdini. These experiments, according to Tim could be used to ” create outsole structures for footwear that with some design refinement could theoretically be 3D printed in an elastomeric material,” similar to that of adidas’ 4D printed tooling.

“This generative design process involves starting with a single unit of polygonal or spline-based pattern geometry, and copying it into the UV space of the polygons of the outsole form. These polygonal units are then scaled appropriately and fused together into a single piece of geometry. This geometry is then voxelized using the OpenVDB framework, smoothed and blended together into one continuous body, using the scale of the outsole’s polygons to determine the thickness of the voxel structure, and then converted back into an optimized mesh.” – Tim

You can see Tim’s impressive experiments, below.
 

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Y3 Concept Series By Jeremie Levain

Designer Jeremie Levain has an incredibly unqiue way of displaying and rendering his footwear concepts. With both highly considered design and flamboyant renderings, Jeremie knows how create excitment and energy through his creations.

Having decided to apply that unique aesthetic and method to adidas and Yohji Yamamoto’s collaborative line Y3, the following collection of concepts imagine what the future of the brand could look like under through his energetic pen.

You can see Jeremie’s super inspiring series of Y3 concepts, below.

 
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A Look At The Original Sketches Of The Native Apollo Moc

This morning I was reading an interview on The Hundreds with No.One founder, Mark Gainor (which you can read here) when I stumbled across some of the original Native Apollo Moc sketches, which were originally featured in Montecristo magazine back in 2015.

Mark having been the Creative Director at Native back then, ushered in one of the most iconic silhouettes of that period with the Apollo Moc. Below you can see some of the initial sketches, as well a video featuring the trillest troll on the block, Benjamin B. Trollins (and a few other footwear legends), and delves into the design and development of the shoe.
 

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ActiveAir Helps To Reverse The Damage Of Air Pollution

ActiveAir, by Yoo-Jin Jung, Ines Marques, Umar Hossain, Sam Cryer and Sabina Weiss is a dynamic footwear concept that “directly filters the air at ground level through the soles of our shoes. With every step taken up, a one-way valve lets in polluted air which is then pushed out through the layers of filters in the sole when you step down – trapping the particulates and expelling clean air. Thinking about how lungs work: a large opening (our throat) splits into multiple consecutive branches (bronchi) to reach the maximum possible surface area (alveoli). ActiveAir has larger inlet valves near the top of the shoe, which split into branches to direct air across the whole filter in the sole – allowing deeper penetration, maximising the surface area of the filter used, and increasing purification efficiency. The denser the filtration material, the smaller the particles that can be trapped. ActiveAir is currently investigating materials to filter out particles as small as 2.5 µm (PM2.5), whilst providing optimal haptic feedback to the users step.” – via jamesdysonaward.org

ActiveAir is in the running for the 2018 James Dyson Award, to read more about it head here.
 
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Alex Hill Creates Bio-Mechanical Data-Driven 360 Wrapping Performance Footwear

Having recently finished his Master’s of Science in Sports Product Design at the University of Oregon, designer Alex Hill has shared his Master’s Thesis proejct entitled, Frequency.
Aiming to create a new methodology for constructing performance running footwear, Alex focused on developing a ‘360 degree wrapping data driven weave structure construction based off of linear movement’.

“The end methodology takes the athlete’s foot shape & biomechanics to generate a weave structure that is tailored to the individual athlete specific to their sport.” – Alex

You can see Alex’s super impressive Thesis project in full, below
 
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Suzanne Oude Hengel Shares New Sole Experiments

Dutch knitting wizard and footwear developer Suzanne Oude Hengel recently shared a look at one of her latest shoe experiments where she, helped by her intern (Sy Emmett Woolstenhulme), created both the knitted upper, as well as conceptualising her own sole mock-ups.

Applying moulding clay to an exisiting sole unit and then mixing up their own silicone moulds and applying unique knitted uppers to them, you can see some of the super inspiring sole and upper concepts, and the process that went into creating them, below.

 

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A Look At The Design Process Of Filling Pieces’ AW18 Colllection

Filling Pieces Head of Design, Michael Lennheden recently shared a look at some of the design process that went into their upcomming AW18 collection, and in particular their Trimix Low style.

Below you can see some of the initial sketches of the Trimix Low, as well as some colour and material inspo, a new FP logo that best embodies the latest collection, a glimpse at some of upcomming samples and some final beauty shots of the Trimix Low.
 
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PETERSON + STOOP Re-Invigorate Classic Sneakers

Collecting second hand classic sneakers like Nike Air Force Ones and Converse Chuck Taylors, Dutch duo PETERSON + STOOP have been crafting super creative, artisanally and ethically produced footwear at their studio in Amsterdam.

Initially adding assymetrically designed crepe soles and a beautifully thick, wavy patterend, storm welted vachetta leather to their collection of re-pourposed shoes, it looks like they’ve begun to embark on implementing a new method of de-consruction to their current process of sneaker re-invigoration.

As you can see from below, the duo have started to de-construct the uppers of their collection of AF 1’s, taking them apart and piecing them together in unique ways, and then adding their storm welted construction method with their characteristic assymetrically designed outsoles, this time using pre-fab EVA.

You can see more of Peterson + Stoop’s inspiring remastered footwear, below.
 
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Updated: A Look AT The Initial Sketches Of The Nike Moon Racer & EXP-Z07

Update: It appears infact that the first set of sketches I posted were actually early sketches for another Nike model, the EXP-Z07 which is a more economical offering to the recent EXP-X14 model.

The concept for the EXP-Z07 was to take inspiration from the moon shoe upper and vaporfly elite midsole. After sketching up some concepts, Nathan showed a photoshop mashup of the moon shoe on top of the vaporfly elite platform and the design leadership liked it so much that they asked for an additional shoe to be made, exactly like the mock-up, which would later become the Moon Racer.

Nike designer, Nate Schultze recently shared a quick look at some of the initial sketches of the Nike Moon Racer.

Inspired by the classic Nike Moon shoe, and sitting on top of the Nike React midsole, the sneaker is both a nod to it’s heritage roots, and a sporty, more contemporary silhouette featuring the chunky, performance driven proportions that the React sole brings. I’m also a fan of the “floating” heel tab, which really helps to add to the more sporty, streamline feel of the overall silhouette.

You can see some Nate’s early sketches, as well as a few final beauty shots of the Moon Racers, below.

Images via – @NathanSchultze & Nike.com
 
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(Early Moon Racer Sketch)

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Augmented Creativity: Lysandre Follet Talks Generative Design

Nike’s Director of Generative Design, Lysandre Follet recently shared a video where he discsses some of the advances in Generative Design that he and his team, who work within Nike’s Innovation Design Department, have been developing.

In the Awwwards talk, Lysandre discusses the benefits of co-creating with computers to create generative designs / algorithm based designs that help to aid each athlete, and their differing individual needs, to perform to their fullest potential.
From tackling the athletes varying shoe sizes and the distance they run during for their chosen activity, Lysandre explains how Generative Design has managed to give them a unique footprint to work with, and that simply creating a sample size shoe and scaling the sole tooling isn’t neccesarily the most efficient way to produce performance footwear.

Via – Awwwards.com
 

 
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Mattias Borg Shares Sustainable Skateboarding Concept

Recent product design graduate, Mattias Borg shared a quick look at his final year thesis project. The concept appears to be some type of interchangeable/modular skateboarding sneaker, which he developed in collaboration with Puma.

The skate shoe features an assymetric outer cage/tooling, what looks to be a knitted upper and a mid-foot strap with an enclosed lacing system.

You can see some of the final beauty illustrations and 3D renderings of Mattias’s Puma skate shoe concept, below.
 

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Looking Back: A Collection Of Inspiring Vintage Footwear

 
Sometimes the best way to move forward, is to look back.
From incredibly intricate tooling to over branded, puffy uppers, below is a quick colleciton of super inspiring vintage footwear.

 
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A Look Behind The Design Of Brandblack’s Futurelegend 2

Former Brandblack senior designer, Minuk You recently shared a look at some of the initial digital sketches and renderings for the newly fully independant (congrats David, Billy & Geoff) brands, Futurelegend 2.

Featuring a knitted sock upper and a transparant, faceted tooling, the style has the progressive aesthetics and construction methods that we’ve come to expect from team Brandblack.

You can see more of Minuk’s cleanly executed sketches and renders, below.
 

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Transforming Shoes By Vivien Botz

Inspired by several early ‘without shoehorn’ footwear that was used in the Iron and bronze age in European, Dutch, ancient Roman, Irish and Hallstatt (VII-V) cultures, designer Vivien Botz created this transforming shoe concept.
The idea being that the shoe is easy to hold and portable, opening and closing via stragetigally placed velcro at the toe and heel.

You can see more of Vivien’s “Transform” proto, below.

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Consultant: Réka Vágó
Photo Cred: Norbert Perness
Model: Bella Pál

 
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