Mr. Bailey
Designer + Footwear Architect | Founder of @ConceptKicks | Instagram @MrBailey_ | www.MrBailey.co.uk

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A Look at the Y-3 Zazu Low

Earlier this year, adidas and Yohji displayed their ever futuristic upcoming F/W 17 collection, one of the many highlights being the high-top Zazu model. Having looked around it seems the low model is available for purchase at various retailers, though I’ll be honest and say this is the first time I’ve seen this style in low, and I think it’s pretty incredible.

Sitting on top of an UltraBOOST tooling and utilizing a uniquely Velcro strapped slip-on construction, the style perfectly embodies everything that Y-3 stands for; that Minority Report/futuristic dystopian, ninja type of vibe. For me, the sneaker translates so much better in a low format and could arguably be one of my favorite Y-3 models to date.

You can see more angles of the Y-3 Zazu Low in ‘triple black’, below.

via – HYPEBEAST
 
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A Look at Diacre Nicolas’ Sketchbook

A quick flick through some of Salomon footwear designer, Diacre Nicolas’ sketchbook. Featuring everything Nike track spikes and adidas EQT Basketball sneakers to Peugeot design lab concepts, the sketchbook is rich with diverse and elaborate creations.

See more of Diacre Nicolas’ beautifully executed work, below.
 
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Salomon XA Enduro Redesign by Griffin Christensen

Intending to be an evolution of Salomon’s current XA Enduro, the upper needed to progress the design forward while still maintainging certain design cues present in the style and within Salomon’s brand as a whole.

“The solution for the next generation of the Salomon XA Enduro was to use a 3D knitted upper that spans to the ankle to greater integrate the gaiter. This construction method leads to less stable upper. To solve this, a heel counter, Salomon’s 3D chassis, and a toe protector were added. Screen printed diamonds (similar to the XA Amphib) were added to stiffen and reinforce the knit.” – Christensen

See more of Griffin’s project, below.
 
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Clarks Shoe Project 2017 by Floris de Vries

A quick look at the stellar work of current Artez student, Floris de Vries.

With beautifully minimal design paired with chunky proportions, and threading the fastening straps through the sole unit, Floris has created a super unique pair of stacked sandals held together with dovetail-shaped inserts without using any adhesives.

You can see more of Floris’ project, below.
 

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Sneaker School with The Shoe Surgeon

The Shoe Surgeon – aka Dominic Chambrone, has been working with shoes for upwards of 15 years now, customizing his first pair of shoes at age 15. Since then, he has done everything from customizing countless Jordans, to red bottoms, to original developments, including the infamous “Pie Top” and coming soon is his original line. Now, he is offering his services to teach others the ins and outs of shoemaking with his Decon/Recon Sneaker School. The classes are held all over the world, several times a year and the levels of the class vary.

The goal Dominic has is to create more makers. Create more jobs. Give people the skills to make good quality sneakers. It doesn’t make sense to hide all the knowledge the goal is to EVOLVE the Craft faster. Especially back in the USA.

This September, Dominic will be hosting a Decon/Recon DTLA class in downtown Los Angeles with a focus on the classic Stan Smith by Adidas. This class is perfect for beginners, including anyone who has never even used a sewing machine before. During this intensive five day course, students are provided with a full toolset, a glossary of important industry terms, a sewing bootcamp, a student t-shirt + apron and a base pair of Stan Smiths that they will leave with fully re-crafted. Students learn to completely deconstruct a pair of Stan smiths, pattern them, recreate them using different materials, including exotics, sew them back together, Hand lasting them (#lastcomesfirst) attaching and hand sewing the soles on. Dominic reveals trade secrets, skills and ins and outs that took Dominic over a decade to hone. Dominic always hosts a Sunday Supper to break bread with all of the students. This one will be at @bestiadtla.

Usually the class has 2 different “surprise” guest speakers that have been in the industry or know Dominic somehow. Past guests have been Jeff Staple, Dj Clark Kent, Chad Muska, Jerry Lorenzo, Trinidad James and more…

This course is for serious people who are looking to learn. There are few spots left for this course which is priced at $3,000. The class is held from September 7th-11th, from 10am-5pm. See the website www.theshoesurgeon.com for details and to purchase.
 
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A Look at the Work of Kasey LaCourse

A quick look some of current Georgia Boot and Rocky Boots Footwear Designer & Developer Kasey LaCourse‘s super well-executed concept mash-ups and renderings.
From rugged ACRNYM styled Ultra Boosts, to a beautifully rendered ARKK concept, Kasey has an undeniabley exciting rendering style.

See more of Kasey’s beautiful work, below.
 
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Highsnobiety Talks adidas x Hender Scheme Collab

Highsnobiety recently published a great interview detailing the collaboration between adidas and Hender Scheme with Senior Design Director at adidas Originals, Erman Aykurt and Hender Scheme founder, Ryo Kashiwazaki.

Tbh, it’s not like Hender Scheme really needed the collab, they were kind of collaborting unofficially anyway, but it is refreshing to see such a large brand like adidas both accept and embrace what Ryo has been doing with Hender Scheme’s interpretive styles.
Part of that acceptance on adi’s part im sure relies on the fact that Hender Scheme’s footwear is both creatively executed and expertly crafted, something adidas, being a ‘German engineered’ brand, can only appreciate.

I’ve pasted a small section of the interview below, for the full article head to Highsnobiety.
 

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HS: First, what does this collaboration achieve that would have otherwise been impossible?

Erman Aykurt: On the adidas side, we came together because of a desire to work in a more hands-on way, and embrace a real creator culture. Having a role model like Ryo-san who works through the construction of a new silhouette like the NMD, gave us a lot of cues and insight on how a traditional craftsman would approach the construction of a shoe like that. That was really beneficial. Both brands explore the idea of past and future, and try to bring iconic features to life, with different manufacturing techniques.

Ryo Kashiwazaki: Although the two brands work on different scales of business, and the process is different, I feel that Hender Scheme and adidas have a lot in common.
 

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HS: From the three, which are you most proud of? Which was the hardest to realize?

Erman Aykurt: For me, the Micro Pacer is that one. It marks such an expression of technology from the past, and it’s something that is at the core of our design language explorations. Seeing that built in vegetable-tanned leather is amazing to me.

Ryo Kashiwazaki: The stabilizer in the NMD, this required a difficult technique. Something like this stabilizer has never existed for leather shoes.

Erman Aykurt: I’ve been working on footwear for 20 years, but hearing Ryo-san explain why he uses which leather for which part of the shoe is more than I could ever wish for from a teacher.

Ryo Kashiwazaki: I was also very inspired when I visited adidas, they have a big archive and a long, long history. Hender Scheme only started eight years ago. The history of adidas impresses me, I feel that adidas learns from their past, to invent something new. This is fascinating.

For the full interview, head here.
 
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A Look at the FESSURA RUN LIGHT

I’ve seen the Fessura’s footwear floating around for quite some time, I think perhaps their collaboration with Karim Rashid was what first put them on my radar. A super interesting brand from Italy, Fessura is looking to be one of Italy’s most forward thinking, innovation based brands.

I first got a look at their Fessura Run Light earlier this morning while trawling through Pinterest. The shoe may have been released some time ago, but I thought it definitely deserved a little love. Much like the Rashid collab, the trainer features interchangeable parts, with the elastic strap being able to be replaced with different coloured variants.
The straps, slotting through the midsole, wrap around the foot and are fixed in place with velcro. The upper also seems to now be some a full EVA moulded piece.

See more of Fessura’s Run Light silhouette, below.
 
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Ecco | Aspina by Luke McConnie

A look at the design of the Ecco Aspina, ‘a women’s specific multi purpose walking shoe, designed for light hikes in nature and walks around the city’, by designer Luke McConnie.

The shoes feature a ‘flexible and light weight upper construction, combined with premium leather and a Gore-Tex membrane, making it a versatile choice whatever the weather’.

One of the design features I personally like best is the embossed “flywire” styled fastening that’s been continued onto the leather upper, giving the appearance that you can see wire beneath the leather’s surface. Very subtle, yet super effective.

You can see more of Luke’s work, below.
 
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RealFlex by Dominic Dina

During Dominic Dina‘s Reebok internship he was tasked with the brief; make something familiar, yet dramatically different. What Dominic came up with is a sleek, more contemporary and aggressive iteration of the 2011 Reebok RealFlex.

Below you can see some of the design and development processes that went into the creation of Dominic’s project, from the initial sketches through to the 4 rounds of samples it took to fully execute the design.
 

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Chelsea Boot by Chris Daniels

A four-week project by designer Chris Daniels, these super clean Chelsea boots display both his appreciation of minimal design and also his unique approach to a fairly common style. With such an iconic boot, it’s easy to try a little too hard to make new versions stand-out. It often comes across a little too “try hard”. However, this particular design remains subdued, maintaining the overall vibe of a Chelsea boot but eloquently moves the style to a more contemporary feel.

You can see some of the processes behind Chris’ Chelsea Boot concept, below.
 
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UNEEK Bot Builds KEEN Footwear in 6 Minutes

Gearjunkie recently posted an article about KEEN’s UNEEK Bot(s), a pair of robots that can thread and create a pair of KEEN’s UNEEK uppers in just 6 minutes. The process, recently shown at a shopping district in Tokyo, isn’t quite 100-percent automated just yet as a cobbler still needs to put the finishing touches on the non-knit parts of the shoe, but still halves the time it usually takes humans to do it.

For more info about the project, check out the video below where Rory Fuerst Jr., KEEN’s Director and Innovation and the son of KEEN co-founder Rory Fuerst Sr., talks about the design and development that went into the initiative.
 
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