A Look At The Initial Sketch of The Nike EXP-X14
Currently the Magic Johnson of sneaker design assisting, Lee Gibson recently shared a super clean sketch render of a sneaker he helped to shape, the Nike EXP-X14 – “EXP” standing for Experiment, with “X14” alluding to the original internal code for React technology.
The style features Nike’s React cushioning technology, a Flywire lacing system, an exposed TPU plate, tapered heel and a ton of beautifully executed detailing.
See more, below.
Via – Hypebeast
Initial Sketch of the Reebok x Cottweiler Desert Low Caged and Unwrapped
Reebok designer, Cole Dubord recently shared a look at an initial sketch of the Reebok x Cottweiler Desert Low Caged and Unwrapped concept.
“The concept was a derivative of the intensive conditions of the Marathon des Sables, a 251 km ultramarathon) through the Sahara Desert of Southern Morocco.
A transformative 3-part system study and holistic approach on protection and performance in extreme conditions.
The original napkin sketch was done in the Revere Hotel in Boston, Ma.” – Cole
The Reebok x Cottweiler collab has seen some of my personal favourite footwear come to fruition in the past couple seasons, the designs are both incredibly clean, yet rugged and techy.
You can see the initial napkin sketch detailing the innovative 3-part system, below.
Images by Victoria Reilly & Jake Hateley
Behind The Logo (by Highsnobiety)
Highsnobiety recently posted a couple of super interesting videos detailing the history and story behind both Nike and adidas logos. From the swoosh to the 3 stripes, Highsnobiety takes us through the history behind the visual.
See both of the videos, below.
Adidas Concepts By Antoine Giard
A quick look at a couple of beautifully designed and rendered adidas concepts by designer, Antoine Giard – one featuring adidas’ “4D” printed midsole, the other with BOOST.
A Look At The Design Of The Adidas DAY-ONE ULTIMATE BOOST
Adidas Senior Footwear Designer, Aurelien Longo recently shared a look at the design process behind the adidas Day One Ultimate Boost.
A new upper design on an existing midsole, the sneaker/boot features Cordura Gore-Tex, rubber accents and an overlapping elastic Gore Strap across the upper, complimented with the ever essential BOOST enhanced midsole and a super chunky rubber outsole.
You can see an initial sketch and rendering of the Ultimate Boost, as well as some beauty shots of the final product, below.
Development: Echo Volz Product Manager: Olivia Fernandez
The Design Of The Cole Haan x Nike x Tom Sachs “Mission Control”
I recently re-posted a pair of the Cole Haan x Nike x Tom Sachs “Mission Control” brogues, originally posted by Sean Wotherspoon, to our Instagram account. To my surprise Footwear Designer, Han Josef saw the post and hit me up to share some of the initial design work he did for the Mission Controls back in 2011.
From the Han’s initial inspiration boards, sketches and renderings, to the final product, you can see the full project below.
Japanese Brand, Giddy Up Brings Ugly To The Future
Japanese designer, Mikio Sakabe, who graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, has created a super avant-guard mixture of contemporary construction methods (like 3D printing), with a high fashion aesthetic, with his brand, Giddy Up.
“I thought now is the good time to do something together: fashion and technology, mixing these different backgrounds,” he says. “To create something entirely new, fashion really needs to think not only of design but also fresh materials.”
Mikio’s vision was to “create a new human, who is living in the future—the balance of technology and reality.”
As refreshing, and mad, as the designs are, they clearly need a little more work before they’re ready for commercialisation (it looks like most of the uppers haven’t been attached to the sole just yet). But it seems with the backing Mikio has from companies like DMM (a Japanese e-commerce company), the financials needed to cover development costs and commercialisation shouldn’t be a issue, and we should hopefully see some more ready-to-market styles in the near future.
Until then though, you can immerse yourself in the creative insanity that is Giddy Up, in the pictures below.
A Look At The Initial Design Process of ADIDAS CRAZY 8 – A//D PACK
Adidas designer Aurelien Longo, recently shared some of the initial sketches behind one of adidas’ more interesting and storied releases, the A//D (adidas Parallel) Pack.
As some of you may know, I’m big on story, and space/science, so this is a super interesting drop for me. I also have to admit that the adidas Crazy 8’s are some of my favourite Basketball sneakers of all time.
On the shoe’s release, HANON eloquently explained (far better then I would be able to) the story behind the pack:
” Continuing in its creation of an alternate universe of 3-stripes icons, adidas Originals’ A//D (adidas Parallel Dimension) series returns this month, applying a subversive lens to a duo of basketball models to create the Crazy 1 ADV and Crazy 8 ADV.
The second chapter in adidas Originals’ A//D story, each shoe in the release tells the science fiction story of the discovery of a massive black hole in space. Subsequent expeditions to the black hole reveal a portal to an alternate dimension in which everything is virtually identical to our current universe, save for a number of cosmetic differences in familiar objects.
Following several expeditions through the black hole, a number of classic adidas models from the early 2000s are discovered, almost the same as their “original” counterparts, but distinct in their material makeup. The models then serve as artefacts of this expedition, closely resembling their “original” counterparts in virtually every way, but with marked differences in their construction and design. Though each shoe’s distinctive midsole tooling retains its original form, their uppers drastically depart to create a visually-similar shoe with different tactile qualities.
For both the Crazy 1 ADV and Crazy 8 ADV, this sees each shoe’s more familiar suede and technical fabric constructions switched out for breathable mesh and textured knits, structured with panels on the heel and toe box, rendered in dystopian, greyscale colorways. Finishing touches include silicone branding hits and futuristic lacing systems, compounding the science fiction aesthetic of the release.
As a final touch, alluding to the other-worldly narrative of the A//D project, each shoe features concealed graphics and labels within its design containing notes on the expedition and details about the shoe’s discovery. Not immediately visible, the notes require closer inspection and deeper exploration to be found, mirroring the fictional mission that led to the shoes’ discovery themselves. The effect is true to the A//D ethos; an unsettling exploration of what happens when the familiar is made unfamiliar, and when the known is reconstructed through the lens of something unknown.” – HANON
A new upper design on an existing tooling, you can see some of Aurelien’s initial sketches, as well as some beauty shots of the final product, below.
Development: Manuel Suarez Prat Product Manager: Samuel Del Pilar Color: Denis Hohmann
Exclusive Look At Sruli Recht x ECCO Dyneema® Bonded Leather “FEATHERWEIGHT” Boot Design Process
“This leather is intergalactic. It will go to space. It is unbreakable.” – Sruli Recht
I recently posted some work from one of my personal favourite designers and creators, Sruli Recht. To my surprise Sruli actually reached out to thank me for the love, and to also offer more insight into a few of his incredibly innovative projects.
Sruli combines and innovates materials like few I’ve seen before, from creating the worlds first translucent “Apparition” leather with ECCO, to executing incredibly intricate wooden clothing, Sruli add’s an amazing amount of thought, detail and skill level to all of his projects.
This particular project see’s the creation process of Sruli’s collaborative effort with ECCO to create the worlds lightest and strongest leather entitled Dyneema® Bonded Leather, and apply it to his FEATHERWEIGHT boot design.
Ultralight, ultra strong and ultra thin, Dyneema Leather is a composite of 0,5mm split leather and Dyneema polyethylene. According to Sruli, “when combined it weighs nothing, but it can pull a space ship.”
“When I began working with ECCO Leather I pitched this idea to them, to make the worlds lightest strongest leather because that is what I’d been looking for to use.
It was not an easy sell.
Conceiving of the bonding Dyneema to leather came in a flash.
Convincing the two companies to do it, felt like an ice age.
Completing the project however, took an aeon.
Conceiving, convincing, completing. The narrative arch of the office dwelling creative.
And that is how epic this project is. It redefines the performance, handle and physics of what leather can do.
This leather is intergalactic. It will go to space. It is unbreakable.
It is an athletic and technical prodigy.
Featherweight, bare-knuckled, and fast like a boxer.” – Sruli
The boot itself, entitled “FEATHERWEIGHT”, is an ultralight in weight, deeply heavy-look, fore-velocity stealth boot.
The boot consists of a folded single piece upper construction, a deconstructed BOA dial system with internal cabling and a faceted injected PU outer-sole with parametric cell-form TPU sole.
“The Upper was constructed by draping directly onto a specially made card last that I developed for my collections in Iceland.
The outer-sole was first molded by hand on a scaled maquette then scanned and remodeled in CAD for injection molding.
The base is a hand plotted parametric cell layout based on divisions of the foot with aesthetic adjustment.
The internal sock is a soft cnc accordion cut leather.
The dial on the heel counter tightens the cables that crisscross in an anatomical web over the vamp.
We named this leather unique Dyneema experiment CILICA after the black lava beaches near my home in southern-Iceland.” – Sruli
Sruli sent over a few images of the design and development process, as well as some beauty shots and video of the final product, which you can see below.
He’s also new to Instagram, make sure to give him a follow to stay up-to-date on all his projects.
“Cellair” by Yuhang Deng (Video)
Designer Yuhang Deng recently shared his final Master’s project, “Cellair” – a super unique 3D printed shoe concept with an outsole that looks like a much more controlled and robust, adidas BOOST.
After initially sketching the concept up in Sketchbook Pro, Yuhang then started to create the pod outsole in Grasshopper, before moving to Rhino to complete and then 3D print the model.
The incredibly well execute final print features a bubble/pod like outsole and a cage like upper encapsulating a knitted sock.
You can see more of Yuhang’s sketches, models and overall process in the video and images below.
Ecco Biom Omniquest By Kuba Blimel
Ecco footwear designer, Kuba Blimel recently shared a look at the process behind the creation of his Biom Omniquest designs.
Kuba was tasked with creating a group of performance sneakers, one utilizing a leather upper with a traditional lace, another with synthetic Gore-Tex, and one more with a synthetic BOA lacing system.
Showcasing Kuma’s beautifully clean sketching and rendering style, as well as some of the sole development for the Biom Omniquest, you can see some of the hard work that went into the creation of these unique performance shoes, below.
The Design Process of Brandblack’s Future Lengend
Footwear designer, Minuk You recently shared some of the initial sketches and renderings for Brandblack’s stylish “Future Lengend” Basketball sneaker.
The style features a host of super interesting features; from a convertible 3-D moulded strap/tongue that allows you to wear the shoe as a high-top or low-top, an ankle-hugging compression sock, jacquard knit upper, moulded external heel counter for support, responsive Jet-Lon foam cushioning, and a grippy multi-directional tread.