Jordan Brand F2F2 | Jean Khalife

Jordan Brand’s first ever international footwear design intern at Nike Int. HQ, Jean Khalife designed these F2F2’s under the art direction of, Mark Smith back in 2010. Aimed toward the Asian market, Jean was tasked with creating an appealing shoe for that market, while also maintaining the Jordan Brand DNA.

Keeping the tooling from the original F2F but updating some of the materials, using an ultra resistant rubber outsole and a high density EVA midsole, Jean went to work creating a concept that would fit the task in hand. From Koi fish scale embossed uppers, to a Jordan 11 inspired patent vamp, Jean did a brilliant job of combining design aesthetics to appeal to the Asian market, while staying true to Jordan Brand’s roots.

“When I talk about that internship it still feels like an unreal experience for a 22 years old kid from the East of France. Meeting extremely inspirational people like Chad Little, Emily Sawamura, Tom Luedecke, David Frank, Jason Mayden and even Michael Jordan Himself during the first Basketball Festival in NYC 2010 was priceless as well. I definitely knew back then that I wanted to evolve in this industry after getting my master’s.” – Jean

 

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Mr. Bailey

Product Designer + Footwear Architect | Founder of @ConceptKicks | www.MrBailey.co.uk

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