Mr. Bailey
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3D Weaving “Shoelab” By Martin Sallieres

Recently graduated from the Eindhoven Design Academy, Martin Sallieres has been dropping teaser updates on the progression of his “Shoelab” graduation project via his Instagram page for the past few months.

Exploring new ways of manufacturing, Martin has been working on developing a way of 3D weaving a sneaker – “With this project I intended to explore new techniques of manufacturing footwear. I have been developing a 3d weaving technique, creating shoes from one material. By tweaking the properties of this material, I can play with density, flexibility, thickness. Very much like nature does. For example the structure of a tree is very different between the twigs and trunk and is still made from one material.” – Martin

This culminated in Martin creating “a mesh as a full polyurethane shoe inspired by the weaving techniques of spiders, with a constant back and forth movement along the shoe last.”

“The interesting part about the project was the process as every step that has been taken were determining the way that final pair will look. That is why in the ultimate presentation, every try-out and failure are shown along the finished product.” – Martin

You can see the progression of Martin’s “Shoelab” project, as well as some imagery of the final concept, below.

Photography : Nicole Marnati
 
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A Look At CASBIA’s FW18 Collection

Independant, Italian footwear brand CASBIA shared a look at their latest collection via their Instagram account earlier this month.
Owned and designed by, Manuele Bianchi, CASBIA is a brand I’ve seen progress and evolve into one of the most well executed independant streetwear/lifestlye brands currently on the market.
They’ve been a little quiet over the past few months, so it was a pleasent surprise to see that they’re still pushing forward and releasing beautifully executed footwear.

Below we get a look at their latest VELOCE and AWOL AP styles, featuring eveything from grain leather and reversed Buffalo to Ballistic Nylon.
 
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ADIDAS x DANIEL ARSHAM _ HOURGLASS (FUTURE)

Adidas Footwear Design Director, Aurelien Longo recently shared some insight into the release of adidas’ latest collaboration with Daniel Arsham.

“The third chapter of the adidas Originals by Daniel Arsham collaboration turns its attention to the “future.” Informed by Daniel’s exploration of the concept of art and chaos, “future” features a cutting-edge silhouette. It celebrates the relentless commitment to innovation and creativity of adidas and Daniel Arsham with revolutionary carbon 4D printed tooling and a fully Primeknit upper that reveals the word “FUTURE” when exposed to UV light.” – adidas

“DEFINITELY one of the most interesting projects I have ever worked on : the Consortium4D in this special colorway and features, with all the accessories : socks, gloves, bag and the entire packaging.” – Aurelien

The story telling and execution of these collaborations are always done beautifully. From the packaging and accesories, through to a 15 minute mini-movie, everything surrounding these shoes embodies Daniel Arsham’s penchant for telling unique stories through his artwork.

The shoes themselves feature a 4D printed midsole developed by the adidas Future team & Carbon, as well as boasting a primeknit upper that features the wording “FUTURE” across the toe (revealed only when exposed to UV light).

Creative Direction : Daniel Arsham
Development : Manuel Suarez Prat, Liv Montuori
Product Manager : Max Bente, George Griffin
 
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Sole Process : Michael Lennheden

Filling Pieces Head of Design, Michael Lennheden recently shared an Instagram story detailing some of the design and development of one of his sole units, created back in 2015.

Below you can see the full design process, from initial thumbnail sketches, renders, 3D models and mock-ups, through to the final result.
 
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Achilles Series : Jeremy Sallee

Owner at FREEMAN PLAT® (#FTMITM), Design Director at Ralph Lauren and most importantly, ConceptKicks Contributor, Jeremy Sallee has been maximising his time while being injured to create the “Achilles Series” – a collection of footwear concepts that are essentially his take on the current footwear landscape.

From imagining New Balance Basketball sneakers, to Westbrook’s next Jordan signature, you can see a selection of Jeremy’s “Achilles Series” below (make sure to swipe through the images to see the full design process) – to see all of series, head to his Instagram.
 

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A Look At The Design Of The adidas Originals SOBAKOV

Adidas Originals footwear designer, Sebastian Markovic recently shared some insights into the initial design and development of the adi Originals SOBAKOV.

“Sobakov takes inspiration from the collective spirit of terrace style. Blending distinctive elements from archive silhouettes with a progressive design language and modern street tooling, the Sobakov model takes inspiration from terrace to create an everyday silhouette inspired by a sport that unites groups around the world. The shoe’s knitted upper has decorative stitching lines taken from iconic adidas silhouettes.

This is then covered with the classic three stripe mark, wrapping around the heel and then up across the sides. Final touches include a slightly asymmetrical lacing system and branding details, placed atop a gum rubber midsole.” – Sebastian

Below you can see some of the initial sketches, as well as the 3D model development of the soles algorithmic herringbone pattern.

Design: Sebastian Markovic, Remy Eyraud and Brieuc Ferron
Development: Ngoc-Minh Vo
Product Manager: Brett Letourneau, Chris Wheat
Creative Direction: Oddbjorn Stavseng
 
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This Is Grown. By Jen Keane


“Imagined by human. Engineered by machine. Made by microbes.” – Jen


 
Design and researcher, Jen Keane recently shared, “This is grown.” – a project where she essentially grew a shoe out of bacteria.

“The culmination of my master’s work, This is grown. was driven by a frustration with plastics and a visible disparity between scientific research and design manifestations around ‘natural’ materials.

Taking an organism-driven approach to material design, I manipulated the growing process of k. rhaeticus bacteria, to employ it in a new form of ‘microbial weaving’. The process optimizes the natural properties of bacterial cellulose to weave a new category of hybrid materials that are strong and lightweight, and allows the potential for entire patterns and products to be designed and grown to shape with little or no wastage.

I grew the upper of a shoe to show how this could affect the way we make products in the future. The upper is grown in a single piece with no sewing and one continuous yarn held into place by the cellulose produced by the bacteria.

The really interesting part will come when we employ synthetic biology to control what the microbes produce and how and where they grow them. But as we begin to exercise our new knowledge of nature to try and solve our material problems we have to question what is natural really, and accept that we may not actually be collaborating with nature anymore but controlling it.” – Jen

You can see more of Jen’s incredible project, below.

Photography by @tadamphotography
 
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017 Mech Boots By Janis Sne Of Neuro Studio

Janis Sne of Neuro Studio just debuted another beautifully executed sneaker/boot concept entitled the, “017 Mech Boot”.
A juxtaposition of soft and hard materials, like 3D printed panels and a robust rubber shield offers a great flexibility while also protection where crucial.

“The seamless engineered 017 Mech Boots feature an aggressive traction outsole with internal supportive cushioning for optimal protection and comfort.” – Janis

More renderings of the 017 Mech Boots, below.
 
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David Bromwel Creates “Working” Paper Biomech Concept By Ilyas Darakchiev

Paper wizard, David Bromwel recently shared one of his latest creations; a paper model of designer, Ilyas Darakchiev’s “Biomech” concept that actually changes it’s collar height, just like the intended concept shoe itself.

You can see more of David’s super well executed paper version of Ilyas’ Biomech concept, below.
 
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NIKE ACG 3D FLYPRINT – PROTOTYPE 01 By Janis Sne

Amsterdam based designer, Janis Sne recently posted a look at the design process behind this “NIKE ACG 3D FLYPRINT – PROTOTYPE 01” project to his Instagram page.

“We are entering a revolutionary and very exciting period in history of sportswear. Time where data performance is truly affecting and changing the way how we interact with the garments. Being a big admirer of Nike and Errolson Hugh, I decided to dedicate a concept project towards their most technically advanced line “ACG”.” – Janis

A fully 3d-printed sneaker concept The Prototype 01 takes inspiration from Nike’s most recent 3d-printed Flyprint technology. The Ultra-breathable and lightweight Flyprint material is covered with Gore-Tex membrane. The concept also features Flywire cables that wrap around the arch of your foot for comfortable 360 degree support and a wider sole design provides great balance in rough terrain..

“The variety between peoples anatomy is so large, that it feels only natural to work towards the technology that allows every individual person to have product that fits and responds perfectly accurate to their needs. Therefore every Prototype 01 sneaker is printed after scanning each person’s feet.” – Janis

You can see more of Janis’ impressive NIKE ACG 3D FLYPRINT –  PROTOTYPE 01, below.

Modelled in: Pixologic ZBrush, Autodesk 3ds Max and Maxon Cinema 4d.
Graphic animations: Adobe After effects and Adobe Premiere Pro.
 
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Daniel Arsham Creates Shoe “Sculptures”

Artist, Daniel Arsham recently shared a couple of fun shoe “sculpture” experiments via his Instagram page, one featuring an Ultraboost Tooling with biodegradable upper, recycled Nylon sock-liner and removable Arsham Studio pull tab, the other with a some type of packaging/tyvek paper and Arsham Studio pull tab, agani sitting on an Ultrboost unit.

It’s always interesting to see how a mind like Arsham’s interperates and plays with footwear, particularly in such a hands-on, open and free manner.

You can see more pictures of his two shoe sculptures, below.
 
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Cole Haan Continues To Beautifully Balance Innovation With Traditional Craft

Nobody meshes performance innovation with tradtional craft quite like Cole Haan, and their latest 3.ZERØGRAND collection is the perfect example of that.

Their latest collection features three new silhouettes; leather wingtips, leather chukka boots, and they also debut a fused nylon option, a first from the brand. Each shoe in the collection sit atop a redesigned GRAND.ØS sole, whichfeatures traction pods that double up as two-way flex grooves, and a carved out arch section which culminates in an anatomical shape that closely mimics the foots motion when walking. The skeletal lining on the midfoot arch also extends to the heel for added support.

As you can see from the images below, the shoe’s are just super aesthetically stunning. A personal favourite would have to be the leather wingtip, the raw edge leather section that flows beautifully next to the midsole top-line is the perfect design detail that exemplifies how they’ve managed to balance traditional craft with contemporary construction methods and material compounds.

You can see more of Cole Haan’s latest 3.ZERØGRAND collection below.

via – Business Insider
 
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Adidas 3DBD Concept By Pedro David Valverde Jurado

Design student, Pedro David Valverde Jurado recently posted this Adidas 3DBD (3D Footwear Design Driven By Big Data) project, where customers would essentially let their phones/social media design custom sneakers for them, to his online portfolio.

We all know our phones, websites and computers store information tailored towards our individual tendancies and search history (we can type the same word into google and be shown completley different results), so it would be interesting (and a little scary) to see what type of shoe would be created/3D printed based on that information, which is exactly what Pedro David Valverde Jurado explores below.
 
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