Designer Christophe Juge always does a brilliant job of detailing the design & development process behind his creations. This time we get a look at his Quechua Team Trail Running concept, and the full design process from initial inspiration and ideation, through to wood moulds and final product shots.
“As an ultimate shoe with the Quechua trail design language, I wanted this shoe to express the concept of the whole trail running shoe collection at it’s extreme. Starting with the support structure of the upper (inspired from suspended bridge structures) where I originally wanted to use high performance fibers, such as Dyneema, between the mesh and the welded TPU external structure. I also sourced materials used for competition sails (such as Dimention Polyant) for the 360° strap. The stability shank was planned to be made of carbon, which would additionally give an excellent rebound in the front part. Unfortunately a bit expensive and fragile. The sole is designed with less rubber to reduce the weight, and a hole in the middle lets the carbon shank and the 360° strap visible.” – Christophe Juge
Take a look at Christophe’s in-depth process, below.
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