The evolution of the Nike AquaSock, the Nike E2 concept by Aurélien Longo is a mix of neoprene and mesh that he put together himself to make a sample of. He did an amazing job on this, check out what he had to say about the project below.
CK – Can you tell us a little about yourself?
AL – I was born in 1988, and I have been drawing shoes since the age of 10. I studied Industrial-design in Bordeaux, France, and I graduated in 2010. I have done multiple internships in the footwear industry and I am currently working at Adidas, in the Y3 & SLVR footwear-design team.
CK – What inspired this design?
AL – It’s a quite old project. I made it when I was doing my first internship at Nike in 2009.
The main focus was the Nike Aquasocks collection. I really loved the simple neoprene-sock construction and the different colors & graphics.
2009 was also the year of the Nike Lunar-racer, which was a very important inspiration for this project because of the Flywire-technology and its very light and comfortable Lunar-tooling.
The structure of the shoe is made of a mesh molded in a clear TPU providing transparency in order to see the neoprene-sock underneath.
The tooling is the one of the Lunar Racer-2, featuring a midfoot support inside.
CK – What was the hardest part about making the sample?
AL – I made the prototype myself, using the materials I got from the sample room.
The hardest part was to be able to build the exact same shoe as the initial drawing, which was not that easy, refering to the lot of changes made.
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