“Peace Be The Journey” Salehe Bembury x New Balance
VP of Sneakers & Men’s Footwear at Versace, Salehe Bembury shared his upcoming “furry” collaboration sneaker with New Balance yesterday via his Instagram.
An impressive attention to detail, from material selection and packaging, through to the video debuting the sneaker featuring Jesse Williams, the lead up to the release of his 2002 offering has been beautifully executed.
For details on the release of the Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002, subscribe to the mailing list, here.
Campaign Credits – Model: @ijessewilliams / Director: @natprinzi / DoP: @bbthedp / Production Co: @betterdays / Photography: @jatecson / Executive Producer: @salehebembury / Music: @itsvalentinacy / Set Manager: @ny8685 Sound: @heyitslavl / AC: @dning852 / PA: @michal__kukucka / Tailor: @whoiscentrella / Gaffer: @jahernandez1976 / Location: @hubblestudio – @salehebembury @newbalance
“My Cell” Grown Mushroom Substrate Shoe Concept
Product Designer @23_heels recently took to Instagram to share their super imaginative “My Cell” shoe concept. The idea of the shoe being that you’d place a Mushroom substrate (combined with water & flour) into a moulded shoe casing, leave it to grow, and then “harvest” the shoe from the packaging.
The idea probably still needs some fleshing out, but the concept of giving the consumer their own moulded packaging and letting them grow the shoe themselves is very interesting. It’s essentially the Chia Pet of footwear. Would love to see this develop further in some shape or form in the near future.
Below you can see a break-down of the concept, from inspiration through to the final rendering.
Gravity Sketch Experiments By Robert Quach
ANTA Footwear Designer, Robert Quach has been sharing his experiments in the Virtual Reality sketching program, Gravity Sketch over the past few weeks/months.
From complex outsole structures, to organic inspired forms, Robert’s concepts are both inspiring, as well as potentially being a glimpse into what a future of VR created footwear, combined with the freedom that additive printing construction gives us, may look like.
Below you can see a selection of some of his concepts, for more head to his Instagram account, here.
Nike LD1000.3 Concept By Trey Williams
Designer, Trey Williams recently shared his in-depth revision/up-date of Nike’s LD 1000 model.
“Nike heritage models like the Daybreak and Waffle Runner have resurfaced in a big way. The simplicity of the models makes them a great canvas for mixing and matching older style with new materials and technologies.” – Trey Williams
Trey went as far as to imagine another update to the Nike Heritage model, by envisioning a further, N.354 version –
“N354 captures the innovative nature of Nike while creating a place to test ideas.” – Trey Williams
You can see Trey’s LD 1000 explorations, from initial inspirations through to the final renderings, below.
The Design Process Of Nike’s Nyjah Free 2018
3D Innovator at Nike, Matt Thornton (who shared some in-depth insights into the creation of the Nike Space Hippie collection) recently also shared a look at another project he was involved with, the Nyjah Free 2018.
“This project came to life with the help of a great Nike SB team. As the 3D design arm of the team I modeled concepts from the product designer and together we collaborated to come up with what is today the Nike SB Nyjah Free.” – Matt Thornton
Matt utilized auxetic structures for the sole pattern –
“These are structures or materials that have a negative Poisson’s ratio. When stretched, they become thicker, thinner, more flexible depending on the intended goal when directional force is applied. This project was about flexibility.” – Matt Thornton
Below you can see some of the initial 3D models, as well as a look at the final shoe.
Adaptive Secondary Skin Derivation For Footwear
A super intriguing project by designer, Zixiong Wei this concept imagines incorporating a second, living skin into a shoe’s construction/material.
“The perception of the environment is a core value of living things today. Different from the “multiple organisms” of living things, existing materials and material assembly methods are relatively independent material properties and characteristics, and the project tries to bridge this gap. The ability to obtain reversible physical changes by mixing different structures of the same material to obtain different properties of the medium.
The project attempts to change the relationship between shoes and feet from <object and creature> to <creature and creature>, extract from nature and creature, and finally become nature.” – Zixiong Wei
Utilizing a PolyJet printer Zixiong created some beautifully executed mock-ups, which showcase the organic, veiny living organism intention of his idea. A personal favourite aspect of the shoe being the tread pattern which mimics the manner in which skin wrinkles when wet to create better traction.
You can see some of the process behind Zixiong’s “Adaptive Secondary Skin” concept, below.
“The reversible water-absorbing shrinkage of the mixed materials is used to achieve the purpose of water contact shrinkage. The inner consumables are prepared by mixing lignin and polyacetic acid. The shrinkage shape is controlled by the change of surface pore size, so as to achieve the goal of sensing and reacting to the environment.” – Zixiong Wei
The Design Of Reebok’s Zig Kinetica Edge
Reebok Senior Footwear Designer, Ilija Nikolic shared a look into some of the design process that went into the creation of Reebok’s latest release, the Zig Kinetica Edge.
A utilitarian and rugged city hiker, the Zig Kinetica is designed to protect you in all weather conditions. The style also features a no-sew upper, bungee cord laces and a Zig Energy Shell sole unit.
“My last project at Reebok – Zig Kinetica Edge is alive! Swipe through these images to see some of the design process. Shout out to everybody who helped in the process, especially: @zee.ayy.cee @dmbuonomo @mattwithnogram @hestemic & @beccawcc
Designer: ILIJA NIKOLIĆ @bru_slee
Developer: Dan Buonomo @dmbuonomo
PM: Matt Hagerty @mattwithnogram” – Ilija Nikolic
A Look At The Design Of The Adidas Y-3 Raito Racer
Former Adidas Y-3 Designer, Robert Quach recently shared some of the initial design and development of the Y-3 Raito Racer.
Featuring a Primeknit upper, with a moulded lacing eyerow and sitting on a Boost sole unit, the running style balances both Yohji Yamamoto’s aesthetic, with Adidas’ performance capabilities.
You can see the initial design and sample development of the Adidas Raito Racer, below.
The Design Of The Adidas Y-3 Shiku Run
Adidas x Yohji Yamamoto / Y-3 Footwear & Accessories Design Director, Aurélien Longo recently shared a look at the design process of the Adidas Y-3 Shiku Run.
“When I began my career at adidas, I started as an assistant footwear-designer in the Y-3 team, and could never imagine I would become the design-director few years later. After few seasons in the adidas Statement/collabs team, I had the opportunity to come back to Y-3 and direct and design the new footwear collections.
This new Y-3 SHIKU RUN marks the beginning of this new chapter. I hope you will like it.” – Aurélien Longo
Below you can see some of the initial sketches and renderings of the Shiku run, a style that features an EVA sole and takes inspiration from the Adidas’ performance running shoes.
“The initial concept of this project was all about “gesture”. One simple line that goes from the top to bottom, from heel loop to the outsole that can define the aesthetic of this running shoe,while referring to the 70ies era of adidas with the SL72 reference.” – Aurélien Longo
Development : Oury Hermes
Product Manager : Lukas Ruprecht
Creative Direction, Colors and Materials : Aurélien Longo
Outsole Pattern Design : Louis Toussaint
The Design Process Of The Nike Space Hippie 01 – 02 – 03
Computational 3D Innovator at Nike, Matt Thornton recently shared some of the process that went into the creation of Nike’s Space Hippie collection (Specifically 01, 02 & 03).
“This project came to life with the help of a great Nike NXT team. As the 3D design arm of the team I modeled concepts from the product designer and together we collaborated to come up with what is today the Nike Space Hippie 01 – 02 – 03.” – Matt Thornton
Below you can see some of the initial inspiration, as well as the 3D development and final silhouettes.
Final concept model
“This was the final concept model that we did before the remainder of the changes were done between the designer and the factory. The goal of the concept model is to inspire and pull ideas out of your mind and put something into physical form and space. Sometimes there are many changes that happen between handoff and final model. It takes a full team to bring complex product to market. @brek.systems did a final pass with the NXT design team to get the final version.” – Matt Thornton
A Look At The Inspiring Work Of Antoine Giard
Former Trail Footwear Designer at Salomon, Antoine Giard recently published his latest portfolio, which showcases some of the footwear projects he’s been involved in, as well as a few more unseen footwear concept renderings.
Below you can see a glimpse of some of the projects, for the full portfolio, head to his Behance, here.
A Look At The Design Of Nike’s Zoom Tempo Next %
Nike Running Footwear Designer, Rolando Hernández recently shared a look at an initial rendering of the Nike Zoom Tempo Next % –
“A bit of Mexican design on this one ;), I am super proud of designing and being part of this project. A few days ago it started being released in Mexico and is quite a full circle feeling. There is an army of incredibly talented people behind it from Innovation, color-material-computational-fly knit designers, all the way to runners all over the world giving feedback and helping refine it. It was an amazing experience to bring it to life, Thank you all !!” – Rolando Hernández
Below you can see the beautifully executed rendering by Rolando, as well as a look at the final shoe.
“Yeezygzag” Concept by Robert Quach
Former Y-3 and current ANTA Footwear Designer, Robert Quach recently shared his “Yeezygzag” concept, a design inspired by the YEEZY Quantum Basketball silhouette, re-imagined as a running version.
“Yeezygzag… That’s the concept name.. Yes you heard me correctly. The idea grew in my head when I misspelled “Yeezy” a couple months ago. Being a fan of the Ball Quantum I decided to design a running version of it.” – Robert Quach
Below you can see Robert’s concept, which was modelled in Gravity Sketch.