I always enjoy seeing what people got up to on their New Balance internships. Designer, Eric Wada just recently completed his internship with the brand. During his time there he came up with the VAZEE X concept, a shoe designed for the harsh terrain of a Jungle Marathon. As i’m sure you can imagine, running in a jungle brings with it a myriad of design issues.
“Using a combination of runner feedback and sports research data, the VAZEE X was designed with a focus on protecting the foot, water dispersion and traction in all terrains” – Eric
To tackle these issues, the VAZEE X is comprised of 5 separate components;
1. Inner Gortex Sock – the seamless inner sock bootie keeps water & debris out.
2. VAZEE Cushioning w/ Drainage Midsole – 3D printed, responsive cushioning and drainage
3. Terrain Shell – Flexible plate protects against the rugged environment
4. Outer Shell with Textured Outer Lay – further seals off the upper from water & debris using a combination of TPU elements, overmoulded rubber & nylon.
5. Multi-Directional Traction Lugs – strategically positioned to provide grip in a multitude of direcitons
It goes without saying really that the project is impeccably laid out. From the initial ideation up to the final model, the entire process is on point. The multi layered design itself is also super intriguing, it would be interesting to see how they fared after wear testing.
Check out Eric’s detailed project in-full, below.
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