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

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More Conceptual Inspo from Linus Lundkvist

I previously posted some of Linus Lundkvist’s super inspiring sketch renders, and now it seems he’s moved on to a slightly newer medium to express himself called 3D Coat, a program where you’re sketching in 3D space using voxels. The interplay between sketch feel and 3D carving means you can create an incredibly gestural and loose 3D modeled concept.

You can see more of Linus’ inspiring mixture of 2D & 3D sketch renders, below.
 

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See the Design Process of the Filling Pieces “Inner Circle – DECONSTRUCTION” Collection

For Filling Piece’s latest collection they explored a different approach to their design process. Working from the inside out, they cut up some of their signature styles, taking apart the inner workings, using functional materials normally hidden away from sight to shape a different aesthetic.
I remember actually seeing these shoes earlier this year at their Paris gallery/showroom and being blown away by the execution of it all. What I didn’t know at the time however, was they had teamed up with the big homie, Borre Akkersdijk of the super innovative knitting brand, @byborre.

“We strongly believe in different design approaches and the fact that designers can learn from and inspire each other, to us creative freedom is always about pushing boundaries. Together with Luke Smits, we documented the ‘creative space’ concept, where we worked with Borre Akkersdijk of @byborre. The idea behind this project for us was to learn and get more insights in how other creatives approach design.”

“BYBORRE’s team explored working with materials we used for our Inner Circle shoes, forcing them to think outside of the box. Where they usually work from the yarn to product, now they had to work the other way around. Experimenting with materials and finally creating a series of objects in order to learn the properties of each different material.” – FP

You can see some of the design process behind the DECONSTRUCTION project, in the videos below.
 
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No.One Releases Amber Baby Bull Edition Bravo

LA based footwear brand/atelier, No.One is releasing another incredible edition to their Bravo style, the Amber Baby Bull.

The No.One Amber Baby Bull Bravo “is crafted from Rémy Carriat Lagun, a beautifully supple baby bull leather from the revered Rémy Carriat tannery in France, suppliers of leather to some of the finest luxury brands in the world. The Amber colour way is synonymous with fall sneakers and this rendition is complete with Tuscan veg tan tongue, heel tab and a gum outsole.”

Edition of : 12
Upper: Full Grain Baby Bull Leather from Rémy Carriat
Process: 100% hand lasted at 1901 Lincoln Blvd. LA
Available: October 25 2017 at No-One.LA
Price: $675 USD

See some beauty shots of the No.One Amber Baby Bull Bravo below.
 
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A Look at the Design of the adidas Originals x White Mountaineering SeeULater

Senior Footwear Designer at adidas Originals STATEMENT, Aurélien Longo shared some of the design process behind the adidas Originals x White Mountaineering SeeULater.

Placing a super clean primeknit upper on the existing SeeULater midsole, the shoe is both clean, yet rugged. You can see some of the intitial inspo images and sketches from Aurélien, below.

Creative direction : Paul Mittleman, Nic Galway & Yosuke Aizawa

Images via https://www.footshop.fr
 
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Inktober Concepts by Silvano Spada

Italian designer, Silvano Spada has been consistently posting super slick conceptual sketch/renders to his Instagram account for the past month.

From chunky Y3 concepts, to beautiful Reebok lace constructions, you can see some selected work from Silvano, below (head to his Instagram account for the full roster of concepts).
 
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OFF-CAMPUS by Rosie Lee

British hybrid creative agency, Rosie Lee, where tasked with creating an innovative and interactive retail space for Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE x NikeLab collaboration at London’s Nike 1948 space.

Both David and myslef managed to pop by, take some pics and experience the space for ourselves (if you want to read about our experience head to David’s Contributor page, here). As you would expect, the whole event was beautifully curated and executed, with each shoe being showcased in a super interesting display that furthered each of the 10 creations’ narrative.

“We aimed to reconcile the high fashion aesthetic of his (Virgil’s) shoes with design that was culturally-accessible for a UK audience. We brought to life an idea of Abloh’s that redefined sneaker launches – asking attendees to take part in creative workshops hosted at Nike “OFF-CAMPUS”, a temporary teaching space, before purchasing.” – Rosie Lee

London’s NikeLab 1948 retail space was “divided according to the two themes of the collection – “REVEALING” and “GHOSTING” – and also incorporated retail and visitor check-in areas. ​​​​​​​The space played host to installations that drew on the lineage and individual cultural associations of each shoe. The Air Max 97’s links with UK rave, for instance, were expressed through a reactive sound and water display”.

See below for some shots of the retail space.
 

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Y-3 Boot Concepts by David Whetstone

Product designer, David Whetstone has, in his signature sketch/render style, created a beautifully clean, yet striking Y3 conceptual collection.

Each style sits upon a wave like mid-sole that juxtaposes sleek, flowing lines with a rugged tread pattern and chunky proportions. With playful lacing options, intricate detailing, and brash yet tasteful branding options, each design exudes both Y3’s distinct DNA, as well as David’s unique design aesthetic.

You can see David’s full Y3 conceptual collection, below.
 

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Jordan XIII Inspired Winter Boot by Chad Little

Former Jordan Brand footwear designer, Chad Little recently shared a Jordan XIII inspired winter boot that he created about two years ago, which unfortunatley it seems to have never made it past the sampling phase.

The boots featured a dimpled fuse skin upper to repel outdoor elements, knurled rubber toe, side zip for ease of entry, synthetic suede fuse lined, raised rubber Jordan font, and a lightweight foam chassis encompassing a full length Zoom on an aggressive rippled rubber traction.

See below for a look at the initial inspiration, ideation and overall process that went into the design and development of this Jordan XIII Inspired Winter Boot.
 

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Vacuum Formed Footwear by Kurtis Hoffman

A one week personal project that stemmed from designer, Kurtis Hoffman‘s curiosity on how to combine vacuum forming and footwear. With the goal being purely to experiemnt, and not to design a finalised, finnished product, Kurtis created a mixture of vacuum formed applications to various types of shoes, from rugged boots to trainers.

The end result leaves a super clean, sculptural, Snarkitecture type of feel. Too see the Kurtis’ vacuum formed experiments, see below.
 
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Nike Guante Soccer Boot by Tom Weightman

Footwear designer Tom Weightman has created an incredibly detailed, super creative Nike Soccer Boot concept entitled, “Nike Guante” – a concept in which the lacing of the boot has been incorporated into a “second skin”.

“We often speak about creating boots to be an extension of the foot, so why not design them like a foot? The skin on our feet houses all the important parts of our foot such as muscles, tendons and bones. How can we integrate all the necessary parts of a boot, such as the laces, beneath a ‘2nd skin’ (the upper’)…and in doing so, allow a flatter kicking area for the player with less distractions.” – Tom

As you would come to expect from Tom’s work, the sketches and renderings are beautifully executed. The concept itself features a whole host of technical attributes from engineered lacing (laces weave through channels engineered within the Flyknit upper), Flywire and Anti Clog technology, to a colour shifting iridescent outsole, an internal memory foam lining (which moulds to players foot when the boot is tightened) and tooth like studs in the forefoot allow for maximum traction.

Tom even takes the whole concept a giant leap further, with the idea of creating an entire boot, upper & sole, out of Flyknit in the future –

“Continuing the idea of creating a 2nd skin, I wanted to explore how we could keep the entire boot integrated and housed beneath the upper. By using TPU yarn in the knit we could (in theory), create the outsole from the upper itself. Excess knit from the lasting process could be heat-pressed and melted into a mould to create a rigid outsole, shank, studs and heel counter all at the same time. Thus creating a 100% Flyknit boot.”

You can see Tom’s Nike Guante Soccer Boot project in full, below.
 
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No.One Releases “The Charlie”

After what seemed like months of teasing, No.One has finally revealed the next release from their phonetic alphabet range; the Charlie.

“Familiar, but completely distinctive, the Charlie draws inspiration from classic cap toed basketball sneakers then re-considers and re-engineers every detail of this icon of design.
What appears at first to be simple and familiar is revealed to be enormously sophisticated, richly detailed, and singularly luxurious.”

The Charlie features a textured upper, cut from Italian vegetable-tanned leather and paired with Italian waxed laces. Sitting atop an Italian made XL blown EVA midsole that’s been bonded to a hand-poured Hevea rubber outsole made of 100% pure virgin Hevea milk, every detail has been carefully curated. The finishing touches include a lux plongé lambskin lining, custom embossed tongue lining and visible heel counter which smoothly transitions it’s plunging curves into an expertly crafted, turned & stitched eyerow.

You can see some beauty shots of No.One’s latest style, the Charlie, below.

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adidas HYBRID RUNNING/TRAINING by Rafael da Silva

A project by designer, Rafael da Silva’s made during his time with adidas, this Hybrid Running/Training concept was designed to feel comfortable for both relaxed as well as active situations.

Utilising a mixture of materials, from flatknits and meshes, to tpu films and other synthetics, Rafael has created a couple of super clean concepts that seem to both aethetially embody both relaxed and sporty design cues, as well as functionally being able to handle the tasks required for either scenario.

Check out Rafael’s beautifully laid out project, initial sketches and final renders (including some of the best top view renderings I’ve seen in a long time) below.
 
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ISSEY MIYAKE x UNITED NUDE SPRING SUMMER 2018 SHOE PROJECT

For the SS 2018 ISSEY MIYAKE collection, a third consecutive shoe project was made with UNITED NUDE. Inspired by ISSEY MIYAKE’s concept: “A Piece of Memory”: Memories of faraway landscapes of Iceland as experienced by the design team serve as the starting point. “Nostalgic recollections never before seen”, guide the exploration and preservation of the dignity of material, while utilizing innovative manufacturing techniques and prove once again the synergy between the two brands. Introducing two new shoes, the RISE and the STEP, embody the manifesto of shoes as architecture.
 
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The story of architectural impact continues with the RISE, a high-mid heel with a strong geometric cantilevered heel, which stands at 75mm being one of the most comfortable height for contemporary heels. With three adjustable straps, this exciting sporty looking sandal provides a universal fit. The selection of colours available: Black, White, Yellow and Brown, combining ISSEY MIYAKE’s knitted fabrics in combination with leather detailing where most needed.
 
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The STEP is a fashion sneaker, sporting a crossover between a cup- and runner sole. The lightweight construction makes this shoe one of the most comfortable shoes ever while maintaining its urban contemporary look with a closed front and back, while open on top. Bringing together leather detailing in combination with ISSEY MIYAKE’s knitted fabric, matching the ISSEY MIYAKE SS18 garment collection, the STEP comes in a Black and a White.

 
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Announcing: Concept Surgeon Design Challenge

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Adidas by Hender Scheme x ACRONYM
Design Challenge by ConceptKicks x TheShoeSurgeon

What would Hender Scheme’s incredibly detailed, signature natural raw leather interpretation of an iconic adidas sneaker look like if juxtaposed with the tech infused, edgy aesthetics that has become synonymous with ACRONYM? We’ve teamed up with Dominic Chambrone (TheShoeSurgeon) to find out.

Our challenge to you is both simple and complex at the same time; How can you to utilize Hender Scheme’s signature use of vachetta leather, and create a concept that incorporates ACRONYM’s technically savvy and disruptive design DNA in a creative and aesthetically pleasing way?

Competition Details:
Timeline: Starts October 8th.  Ends November 8th.
Winner Chosen November 10th.
Final product completed December 8th.

The challenge will be taking place on Instagram.

Design Rules:
– Use EQT BOOST sole unit
– Post Sketches AND final Renderings of your design #showyourwork
– Use the hashtag #conceptsurgeon & tag @ConceptKicks & @TheShoeSurgeon
– Follow @ConceptKicks & @TheShoeSurgeon
Winner gets their design in their size handmade by TheShoeSurgeon

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