After a month of fierce competition, myself and Dominic Chambrone, a.k.a @TheShoeSurgeon sat down to go over some of the entrants that we thought best embodied what we were after when we decided to come up with the ConceptSurgeon design challenge.
Dominic brings an incredibly high level of shoe making skill and creativity.
ConceptKicks brings an rediculous pool of design talent from all levels and areas of the industry.
We wanted ConceptSurgeon to both challenge Dominic to make something he’s never done before, and also give the design community and opportunity to have their concept produced by one of the best doing it.
For our first (of many) ConceptSurgeon challenge, we asked you guys to come up with what you though an ACRONYM x Hender Scheme collaboration concept may look like, sat on an EQT BOOST Sole unit. We purposefully kept the design brief extremely loose and open to interpretation. At the end of the day we want to create fun, interesting, and different concepts that challenge the every day and have interesting narratives.
I’ll be honest and say I was between quite a few designs at the end, each represented the challenge so well. The level of involvement, from students to pros was incredible (as you can see from the final entrants) and we want to thank you all for your efforts. At the end of the day though, we decided that a young designer from Austria embodied everything that we wanted to capture with this first challenge.
So with all that said, we want to send a huge congratulations to Corentin Bricout for winning our first challenge with his beautiful design. A super interesting juxtaposition of styles and philosophies, we loved the hidden functionality, assymetric design and small touches like the leather outsole, to the piece of leather at the heel that extends and is shaoed to contour with the back of the ETQ BOOST Outsole. It’s also for sure going to be unlike any other shoe that Dom’s made to date. Now the next stage begins…
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