A Look At The Sole Development Of The NikeLab x ACG KMTR
A few days ago I posted Nike Digital Footwear Creator, Mesrop Megrabyan’s sole development process for the NikeLab x Gyakusou Gaiter – and now we get to look at another incredible sneaker, this time from ACG.
The parachute inspired, NikeLab x ACG KMTR embodies everything you would imagine with thinking of “All Conditions Gear”; rugged, innovative, weather proof and with aesthetics that are derived directly from it’s functionality.
Designer Gerald Sulivan worked on the upper, with the homie MesTheMaker working on the sole unit.
You can see some of the early development models (created in ZBrush & Maya), as well as some beauty shots of the final product, below.
See The Initial Sketch Of Nike’s Footscape Flyknit DM
NSW designer, Lee Gibson recently shared an initial sketch of the Nike Footscape Flyknit DM, which he assited in the creation of.
NSW, as I alluded to earlier this week, has been responsible for some of my personal favourite Nike releases as of late, with these being right up there.
The Footscape Flyknit DM is beautifully designed and executed, being both minimal in design, but also aggressive proportion.
3D Modelled Footwear By Digital Progression
Digital Progression, a Bournmouth based production studio specialising in 3D/CGI, recently creates a series of 3D rendered concepts, created in Autodesk 3ds Max, for Borough shoes.
Generally 3D lends itself incredibly well to footwear in terms of creating sole units and early proof of concept test samples, but when it comes to 3D rendering for showcasing beauty shots of the final concept, it’s incredibly hard to do. The skill level needed to create a believable 3D renderd shoe is insanely high due to the many componants that shoes have; from the sole unit, which would generally require more hard modelling skills, to an upper that would be better off being built in a soft one, and then there are a plethora of details that have to be nailed to make a believable render.
Granted, it looks like these shoes utilise a moulded upper, which make it slightly easier to pull off, but these renders are still incredibly well executed.
You can see more of Digital Progression’s 3D modelling and rendering skills, below.
A Look At The Sole Development Of The NikeLab x Gyakusou Gaiter
Current Digital Footwear Creator a Nike NSW, Mesrop Megrabyan a.k.a MesTheMaker shared some of the process behind the creation of a sole unit to what I would consider to be one of my favourite recent Nike’s to be released, the NikeLab x Gyakusou Gaiter.
Utilizing a whole host of programs for the initial ideation (Maya, Zbrush, Magic and a few key programs from the Adobe Suite), Mes created one of the most beautifully clean, yet techy sole units that Nike has in it’s current roster.
You can see more of the early 3D models, and some beauty shots of the final product, below.
A Look At The Initial Sketches Of The Nike Zoom Hypercross
Released back in 2014, the Nike Zoom Hypercross borrowed the same Zoom Air cushioning technology used on the LeBron 12’s. Designer, Nathan VanHook shared a look at some of his initial sketches for the shoe, calling out the many different elements of it; from having a breathable vamp & quarter, utilizing a dynamic flywire, lateral stabalizers, an always sweet, iced out outsole and positioning zoom bags around the soles flex zone.
You can see the initial sketches, as well as some beauty shots of the final product below.
PREGIS Shares Development Of Their Skyline Sole
A while ago I posted a #ckinspiration picture on the ConceptKicks instagram that featured a super interesting sole unit. Turns out, that particualr unit was actually a copy of unit from PREGIS, a new brand maufactured in Portugal.
Founder, Dominic Webster was kind enough to shoot me a message and let me know what the situation was, he also shared some of the development that went into the creation of their complex, 3-part (the unit has a transparent TPU stabiliser, expanded TR midsole and condensed TR outsole – £££), Skyline sole unit.
Below you can see some of the initial sketches, 3D models and some final beauty shots of the final product with some super clean uppers sitting on top of it.
See Inside Silvano Spada’s 2018 Sketchbook
Italian designer, Silvano Spada is constantly sharing new, thought-provoking and incredibly well executed concepts.
From twists on current exisiting models, to totally new designs, Silvano imagines wild mock-ups and colourways in his super unique rendering style.
You can see more of his inspiring work, below – or head to his Instagram account, here.
A Look At The Inspiring Work Of Donny Wiranata Mandano
Indonesian designer, Donny Wiranata Mandano has a super unqiue rendering style that is both clean and also loose at the same time.
From intricate iso sketches, to tight lateral renderings, Donny’s concepts are beautifully executed.
You can see more of Donny’s work, below.
A Look At The Design Of BrandBlack’s Gama 2
The style features a unique sole tooling; sleek at the forefront and a sculptured, stone inspired rear that carries over onto the knitted upper via the beautifully formed heel counter.
You can see some of the initial renderings and final product shots, below.
Nike Patents An In-Shoe Treadmill?
Fancy going for a run IN your shoes? I mean, literally IN your shoes? Well, your shit out of luck because Nike appears to have other things in mind with their in-shoe mini-gyms. Essentially, the “rotatable conveyor element” in the sole of the shoe would be utilised to make it easier to put your shoes on.
The patent describes the shoe having “an upper configured to form a space between the upper and the insole,” which is “configured to admit and secure a foot of a wearer.” The conveyer belt like system will be “configured to rotatably engage a body part of the wearer as the foot enters the space and draw the foot into the space.”
The device would also feature a controller to activate the “converyor element”, something like a switch on the inside or outside of the shoe, or some type of magnetic field sensor that would be able to detect when a foot is inside the shoe. Nike seems to also have plans on the treadmill function being able to help take your shoes off for you too.
Inspiring Sketches by Fardin Hazrati
From OFF-WHITE and Prada heels, to LV and YEEZY-esque sneakers, Fardin’s creations are as varied as they are well executed and inspiring.
A Look At Adrien Wira’s Latest Inspiring Footwear Concepts
From re-imagining the sole of everything from Filling Piece’s to adidas’ uppers, to incredibly intricate Asics soles, Adrien always executes beautifully inspiring concept renderings.
You can see more of Adrien’s work, below.
Adidas Designer Jean Khalifé Shares ATRIC F/22 Sketches
Adidas Designer Jean Khalifé recently shared some of the ideation that went into the creation of Adidas’ unique ATRIC F/22 style.
“It was important to set the tone of the project between pure outdoor and streetwear.
For its summer version ATRIC gets inspiration from the late 90’s/ early 2000 water moccasins in the adidas archive.” – Jean
The shoes feature an exclusive, moisture wicking 360 Primeknit Merinowool blend, engineered so the shoe can be worn barefoot. They also feature a Continental®️ rubber outsole and a super cozy PU midsole.
“We wanted the comfort of a runner with the durability and the protection of a water moccasin.” – Jean
You can see the sketches, as well as some final product beauty shots, below.