I was lucky enough to get to check out this project by, Joe Bowers in it’s infancy stages. To say Joe has an innovative mind-set would be somewhat of an understatment, and his latest sneaker concept is a brilliant example of just how innovative it is.
The Nike ‘Survivalist Sneakerboot’ is a shoe that’s been conceptualised to deal with urban
“Most shoes are linear. They assume a straight, clean path and a routine 1 hour lunch. In the city, our paths have broken bottles and smell like piss. Whats a lunch hour? This is New York. We eat standing up and sleep after deadlines. We train when we can. We train with what we got. We train where we’re at. At our own risk. But we always train.” – Joe
Incorporating Catanery sand patterns into the outsole pattern, playing with laser forming and using it to skive the leather upper, experiementing with 4D, self forming development and generally thinking about ways these shoe’s could be developed in interesting and new ways, Joe not only shows an interesting way of thinking, but that he also really knows his shit.
You can check out Joe’s super inspiring, Nike Survivalist Sneakerboot project below (as well as an extra low-top version he designed a little while after the initial boot concept).
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