Upper Moulding Trend for 2014 | Nike Free Orbit II SP

Something I have personally been noticing, via blogs, peers and through some CKLAB projects we’re currently working on, is a big push towards creating more interesting, often moulded, silhouettes. A prime example of a designer thats been doing this super well is Nathan VanHook (designer of the Yeezy II’s, remember that crazy heel counter?), and these Nike Free Orbit II SP’s being a prime example of doing just that.

What I find really interesting on this particular shoe is the material application used, these aren’t just your regular rubber moulded pieces, they’ve applied suede to the geometric moulded pattern, which I think really gives a unique look and feel, a mixture of hard lines and soft material.This is yet another example of beautiful execution by Nike.

From a development stand point, these will not be cheap to produce, though given that the mouldings are to be used on the upper, i’m sure they can be used on multiple sizes (rather than having to re-produce the size of the moulds for every shoe size), which will bring the cost down quite a bit.

Looking forward to seeing how this trend develops over time, I’m sure the implementation of 3D printing in the development and perhaps even manufacturing of shoe’s like this will also have a pretty big effect on the market in the not so distant future.

Photographer: Silas Lee/HYPEBEAST

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Mr. Bailey

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

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