Airmax 90 Unlocked w. The Shroud
Nike Footwear designer, David Mawdsley recently shared images of the latest addition to ‘Nike By You Unlocked’ where they showcase the ability to add a shroud to an Air Max 90.
“With the Holiday 2020 Air Max 90 Unlocked, blend in or stand out in a camouflage for every environment. Available in a classic OG silhouette, or a reengineered shroud version for extra protection from the elements. Solid ripstop, premium suede and full grain leather compliment the four ripstop camouflage patterns as well as the two suede duck camo patterns for a truly unlocked customisation is experience.” – David Mawdsley
Color : Hannah Odean
Product Design : David Mawdsley
Product Graphics : Gabe Castro
DA : Sheli Ben-Ner
Material : Joseph Conti , Marya Chan
Material Dev : Bryant Chu
Dev : Elmar Ariola
PLM : Eden Pearson
Digital : Andy Baldwin
Adidas “ClimberTops” Concept by Stanis Slav
Artist and Designer, Stanis Slav recently shared this Adidas “ClimberTops” concept, a combination of both a climbing shoe and a more contemporary sneaker style.
“To get to the Top u need proper equipment! So we have here well balanced combination of professional climbing gear boosted to the Hi fashion street style sneakers. Perfect to outdoor hiking or fashion week flex.” – Stanis
A super interesting juxtaposition of style and function, the concept features a traditional climbing velcro strap closure, a hollow mid-section and what appears to be becoming Stanis’ signature detail with the tied-off cords that cross over the upper.
Below you can see some of Stanis’ Adidas “ClimberTops” concept renderings.
ROA Fall/Winter 2020 Collection
A continuation of their contemporary hiking aesthetic, the styles all feature signature Vibram outsoles, with technically inspired and layered uppers. A few stand-out styles being:
Daiquiri: a mid-cut sneaker style featuring a neoprene inner bootie and mesh upper, adjustable toggle laces and most notably a clear rubber “drip” coating on the sole unit.
Teri: a fully zippable boot style with bonded and felted trim throughout, rubberized elements on the toe, and a partially concealed water-resistant zip closure.
Andrea: a more traditional high-cut boot featuring waterproof kudu leather fused with insulating camouflage paneling for its upper.
You can see the full collection below.
Design Of The ADIDAS Y-3 Runner 4D io
Design Director at adidas Y-3 and Yohji Yamamoto at adidas, Aurelien Longo takes us through some of the initial design phases of the Y-3 Runner 4D io.
The style features an upper with a transparent mesh outer layer that acts as a window to the detachable Primeknit inner Y-3 branded sock. All of which sits atop the green “4D” light, oxygen and liquid resin Carbon printed sole unit.
Below you can see some of the inspiration boards, sketch renderings, samples and some product shots of the final silhouette.
New upper on existing 4D midsole
Development : Oury Hermes & Elisa Amerio
Product Manager : Lukas Ruprecht
Midsole Design : adidas Running / adidas Future / Carbon4D
PEAK Set To Debut Their Fully 3D Printed ‘Future Fusion 2.0’
In July 2019, Chinese sportswear brand, PEAK released their first iteration of their ‘Future Fusion’, fully 3D printed concept. Granted, 3D printed footwear is nothing new, however what separates the ‘future fusion’ offering is that the entire upper as well as the sole, has been 3D printed. PEAK is now setting to release their follow up, the ‘Future Fusion 2.0’.
PEAK utilized an SLS printer to create the complex sole unit, and a 3D printing method known as Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), developed by S. Scott Crump in the late 80’s, to create the upper –
“FDM is the most basic 3D printing method. FDM involves 3 main parts: a printing plate on which the part is printed; a filament coil that serves as printing material, and an extrusion head, called an extruder. The filament is melted by the extruder of the printer, which deposits the material layer-by-layer on the plate.” – 3D Natives
PEAK3D Footwear Designer @gtzdesign recently shared some of the initial design renderings for the ‘Future Fusion 2.0’, which you can see below.
Shoe release date: 15th October
The Design Of The Nike Kyrie 7
Nike SR Footwear Designer, Benjamin Nethongkome recently took to Instagram to share some of the BTS sketches and renderings of Nike’s latest Kyrie signature model, the Kyrie 7.
The style features a mesh upper, data-informed traction, TPU “fingers” at the forefoot for a secure fit, and an articulated Nike Air Zoom Turbo unit in the forefoot.
Below you can see some of the initial design process, as well as a look at the final silhouette.
“Thank you team. Each and everyone of you.
What a journey it was and thanks for letting me play a small part in this creation✋✌️” – Benjamin Nethongkome
AUXILIARY Releases “Silence Is A Luxury” Collection
Featuring six sneaker styles and four formal shoes, the third collection sees the introduction of the heavily 90’s skate inspired “antiskate” sneakers. With both tumbled Polido leather and “pony-skin” featuring on the skate options, AUXILIARY both elevates as well as challenges the common interpretation of the skate shoe by the fashion industry.
Other notable additions to the collection are the chelsea style boot, a lace-up sneaker dressed in black leathers and three more lace-up styles constructed from a fabric woven from recycled plastic bottles. A clever stitch detail also adorns the new formal styles, spelling out “AUX” across the upper quarter/vamp sections.
Head to Browns to shop the full collection.
Nike Design Exploration Presents “Explore Without Boundaries” Video Series
Nike’s 6xTeam special projects & innovation account recently shared the first of a series of videos that delve into the creative process.
“In the first episode of the new series Explore Without Boundaries, host Samuel Ross examines what it means to be unafraid to fail. Ross, the creator of fashion house A-COLD-WALL*, is joined by iconic Nike designer Wilson Smith and current ISPA vanguards Niek Pulles and Shamees Aden for a frank and illuminating conversation on the nature of exploration, and why sometimes failure can lead to greater successes.
Nike Design Exploration is a coalition pushing creativity beyond what’s charted, expected or previously discovered. NDE presents three distinct collections: ISPA, ESC and NSRL. This new film series, Explore Without Boundaries, delves into how these collections span a broad spectrum of design, but are aligned with one singular mantra.” – Nike
You can see the first episode below.
Salomon x The Broken Arm XA-ALPINE
A beautiful balance of technical function and execution with a super minimalist aesthetic, the shoe represents what both parties do so well in their respective fields.
The upper features a new-sew patterned neoprene shroud and hidden quicklace system, keeping the silhouette clean yet efficient. The style also features a super luggy/grippy outsole, an important functional element that also adds a touch of character to the otherwise tame upper.
Below you can see some images of The Broken Arm x Salomon XA-ALPINE.
Images via The Broken Arm / Salomon
Design Of The Nike ‘Binzie’ Boot’
Nike Footwear Designer, Lauren Sebastian recently shared a look into the design of the Nike ‘Binzie’ Boot.
A lightweight & flexible Boot designed to keep kids of all ages dry on the playground, the Nike ‘Binzie’ Boot features a generative, fully moulded upper design and inner neoprene bootie.
“Puddle-proof, playable and easy to slip on – the Nike Binzie Boot keeps the fun going, rain or shine. We made the traditional rain boot super lightweight & flexible like your favorite running kicks. Of course, it’s waterproof so you can splash all day long.” – Sebastian
Below you can see the initial rendering, as well as a look at the final silhouette.
Development: Minh Vo
Generative Design: Matt Thornton
Engineering: Patrice Pinto
Product Management: Phil Marlatt
Color Design: Sarah Jones
Materials Design: Alice Mcdonald
Materials Development: Rebecca Mlinar
adidas x Yohji Yamamoto Y-3 “HOKORI 2”
Design Director at adidas Y-3 and Yohji Yamamoto at adidas, Aurelien Longo shared some insights into the design of Y-3’s “Hokori 2”.
“We looked at traditional sports like fencing, gymnastics and archery, but we wanted to clash them with things that have come up from the streets like running, basketball or skateboard in this case.
The Hokori looks at that whole era of fat skate shoes, with basketball references in the mix. A mix of premium materials come together to create a bold, low-top silhouette, emphasized with a thick outsole. After being available in woman-sizes only, this season we launch it in men’s sizes too.” – Longo
Development: Oury Hermes
Product Manager: Lukas Ruprechtmid
Sole Design: Maarika Karm
Creative Direction, Colors and Materials: Aurélien Longo
Behind The Design Of Nike’s Air Zoom Tempo Next% (Video)
We shared some of the initial design process behind Nike’s Air Zoom Tempo Tempo a little while ago (go here to see Nike Running Footwear Designer, Rolando Hernández‘s renderings). Delving a little deeper into the design and development of the running shoe, Nike recently released a video which takes us through some of the elements that make up their Air Zoom Tempo Next %.
“The Nike Air Zoom Tempo NEXT% mixes durability with a design that helps push you towards your personal best. The result is a shoe built like a racer, but made for your everyday training routine. Zoom Forward Nike ZoomX foam in the footbed delivers energy return as you move forward. A visible Zoom Air unit provides responsive cushioning, giving you an additional spring with your stride. Responsive Heel Nike React technology at the heel is lightweight and durable. It helps keep your foot cushioned and secure with every step. Runner-Informed Traction The rubber outsole features a design created using data from hundreds of runners.” – Nike
HYKE x adidas Originals FW20 Footwear Collection
Debuted on the FW 2020 runway show, HYKE & adidas Originals have released their anticipated collection, which includes a multitude of reworked adidas silhouettes.
In their signature hues of white, black and olive green, the collection sees the release of their FYW XTA shoe (the pair with the BOA lacing system) the highly coveted SeeULater, as well as the FYW sandal styles, which have been updated for cold weather with removable fuzzy insoles.
‘Best Before’ Are Shoes Created With an Expiration Date
Shahar Asor developed ‘Best Before’ as her final project at the Industrial Department of the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. Designed (conceptually) to disassemble over a predetermined time whilst in the washing machine, ‘Best Before’ are shoes designed with an expiration date.
“What if we could buy clothes the same way we buy milk? According to our objective needs and taking into account the expiration date of the product?” – Shahar Asor
Collaborating with Hebrew University professor Oded Shoseyov from the faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Asor explored the potential uses and design applications of biodegradable textiles.
Each shoe is made from a single knitted piece, and includes both the upper part and the sole. Specifically designed for rapidly growing children, after the shoes dissolve the materials safely biodegrade, leaving no harmful effect on the environment.
“Fashion has the power to promote us, be our voice and distinct us from others, but sometimes we buy clothes simply because we objectively need to, as in the case of maternity or children’s clothes… Some of us donate and others recycle but the truth is most of our unclaimed garments find themselves in landfills. so, if a garment is being used for a limited period of time why does it stay on earth for so long? why not design it with its end of use moment in mind?” – Asor
Below you can see some of the early development, as well as the final ‘Best Before’ concept shoe by Shahar Asor.