A Look At The Design Of The ADIDAS x UNDEFEATED – GSG9
Late last year, Y-3 Footwear & Accessories Design Director, Aurélien Longo shared a look at some of the design process involved in the creation of the ADIDAS x UNDEFEATED – GSG9.
A new upper on existing midsole, the military inspired shoe features a multitude of cleanly executed design features, such as an inner sock with florescent orange internal support cables, an outer a zipper closure and Pad printing on the exterior.
You can see some of the initial sketches and CAD’s of the ADIDAS x UNDEFEATED – GSG9, below.
Creative direction : Aurelien Longo
Development : Manuel Suarez Prat
Product manager : Maximillian Bente
The Process Behind Coolrain Lee’s 1/6 Scale Model Of The Octopus Shoe
Coolrain Lee is an absolute master craftsmen. During this whole process I’ve really been in awe of the insane amount of detail he put into creating a miniature model of not only my Mr. Bailey x Takashi Murakami Octopus sneaker from ComplexCon’s “Sneakers For Breakfast” exhibit, but also a super detailed mini version of me (including all my tatoos and favourite items of clothing).
For starters, Coolrain actually creates his own mini lasts, as well as recreating the 3D model of the sole that were based on my original sketches (the real soles proportions and design details had to be tweaked slightly to make it possible to actually be moulded) – from there the process just kept on leveling up, with him actually creating a few sample rounds of the shoe, just like in real life, even going as far as to paint the mini Jelly eye I put on the back lace toggle.
As you can see from below, the end result is pretty mind blowing. To get a good glimpse into the incredibly intricate detail and love that has been put into the creation of these, you can see some of the images and videos from Coolrain’s IG, below.Figure building by @coolrainlee & @ladybroown
Photography by @pilmostudio
Costume by @ladybroown
All work by @coolrainlabo
The Initial Sample Of Y-3’s REN II
Former Y-3 Designer, Stephanie Saris has been sharing some of the initial development of a few of the Y-3 silhouettes she was involved in creating. The latest being a look at an initial sample of the Y-3 REN II, a style that features a layered Mesh upper with 3d embroidery cut outs.
“In this try out you can see good the layering of material. The cut out 3d embroidery shows the mesh underneath. The initial idea was to have the lacing (system) coming out of the side cut outs as well.” – Saris
You can see the initial proto, as well as a look at the final REN II, below.
Parametric Footwear Concepts
Parametric Design studio, Parametriks have recently begun to post some super interesting parametric footwear concepts to their Instagram account.
Featuring an array of complex geometries, each concept evokes a slightly different feel, from super aggressive sharp lines, to almost organic and fluid.
You can see some of Parametriks parametric explorations, below.
Inspiring Thumbnail Sketches By Jonny Jensen
Below you can see a selection of a few of his creations, as well as a short video of him rendering one of his sketches. For more of his sketches, make sure to head to his IG.
A More In-Depth Look At The Design Of Filling Pieces’ Crease Runner
Featuring a beautiful combination of colour & materials, and with an outsole that wraps over the upper on the lateral, the shoe still embodies FP’s unqiue aesthetic, yet is for sure a step in a new direction for the brand.
You can see some of Martin’s sketches, early protos, as well as a look at the final silhouette, below.
Fast Ideation Practice Project By Silvano Spada
In December of last year (2019) Alpinestars Designer, Silvano Spada shared a “speed project”, where he created a sneaker concept, integrating two “crazy things” into the design of the shoe, with the aim of completing the concept in just 5 hours.
For this particular speed round, Silvano chose to combine a hologram and a… futuristic floaty pyramid type vibe?…and in true Silvano style, the final concept is super dynamic and well executed.
You can see Silvano’s full “Fast Ideation Project” in full, below.
John Gavin Shares “Gator” Concept
Under Armour Designer, John Gavin recently shared a look at some of the 3D mock-ups and KeyShot renderings of his “Gator” concept, and even more recently sharing what looks to be a beautifully executed 3D print of the concept.
Below you can see some of the 3D models of the concept, as well a short Instagram video showcasing the print.
A Look At The Y-3 REHITO Prototype
Former Y-3 Designer, Stephanie Saris shared a look at one of the first prototypes of the Y-3 REHITO.
“The idea of this design was to bring the outsole over the upper, using kurim molded PU.
The upper is covered with a stretch mono mesh with molded pieces underneath and embroidery details on top to give contrast.” – Saris
You can see the proto of the Y-3 REHITO, as well as a look at the final silhouettes, below.
Steve McDonald Shares Unreleased Nike Considered “Rocketpocket”
Utilizing bike tube rubber to create a “sling” for your ankle, this Nike Considered “Rocketpocket” sample by Steve McDonald, was unfortunatley never released.
“Never happened SMc but… so simple. When we use bike tube rubber for the sling were much better from bursting and breaking. Like bike tubes always worked so nicely. Learn great ideas from other types of products. It’s more fun to try everything..anyway. Amazing!
To Steve Mc;
Mark Parker said Fu…Love you to SMc.
Tinker Hatfield said Fu…Love you to SMc
Sandy Bodecker said Fu…Love you SMc
I still like the idea.
Where to go from here?” – McDonald
Below you can see some images of the Nike Considered “Rocketpocket” proto as well as a look at how the heel “sling” functions.
The Tooling Design Of Versace’s Rhegis Boot
Early Nike Mantras By Rob Strasser
While scrolling through the plethora of random LinkedIn requests I ran across this post by former Nike Senior Brand Manager, Drew L. Greer, of a list of early Nike mantras, written by the legendary, Rob Strasser – Nike’s director of marketing back in the 80’s (if you’re unaware of Rob’s influence on the industry, read this).
Times have definitley changed, but these mantras all still hold true to this day. So, no, this isn’t a beautifully rendered shoe, or an off-the-wall 3D printed thing that potentially resembles a shoe, but it is a little something to help light a fire under your ass/get you through the tail end of the week (you’re welcome).