Inventor David Knez has devised a simple way to loosen and tighten your shoes using only one hand. This is a very clever use of materials: In addition to being convenient for the able-bodied, Knez's QuickShoeLace should be a boon for single amputees or those born with only
"Learn-by-doing" PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy PENSOLE is starting 2017 off right with an exciting class and competition that focus on two large aspects of the footwear industry's future—material design and 3D design. Collaborating with Vibram, Autodesk and Wacom, the class and competition take note of the material experimentation and
This year, 3D printed, sustainable and technology infused footwear designs reigned supreme over the rest, further proving that footwear design is a booming creative industry. The most popular designs from this year incorporate unique materials, manufacturing techniques and technological gimmicks to captivate footwear fans across the globe.
This week, adidas is releasing their 3D Runners to the market, meaning they're right in the thick of 3D printed footwear madness, along with Reebok, Nike and Under Armour. What sets adidas' take on the manufacturing trend apart from the rest is the contrast between their soft knit upper and their rigid, lattice sole.
Footwear designer, Jayda Hany, started off aspiring to be a womenswear designer, but her aspirations changed while studying architectural engineering The American University in Cairo. It was in school that she started to realize the close connection between footwear design and architecture—she had, "always viewed the shoe as a moveable,
Back in March, Under Armour revealed the first 3D printed shoes to actually hit the market, the 3D ARCHITECHs. These were and still are a big deal because they kicked off what has now turned into a case of 2016 3D printed footwear retail mania. During our time at this
Yesterday's Biofabricate Conference was filled with all natural inspiration for 'growing a better future.' Towards the end of the conference, adidas got in on the action by announcing their latest innovation news—the Futurecraft Biofabric concept sneakers in partnership with German biotech company, AMSilk. The minimal sneaks feature an upper
The footwear industry is currently abuzz over yesterday's US election results, particularly when it comes to trade. Industry leaders are concerned that Donald Trump's seemingly tight trade policy will hurt relationships with outside countries. Trump has made his strong feelings against trade deals, including the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)—supported
As we reported back in June, adidas and Parley for the Oceans did a neat job turning difficult recycled materials into an actually desirable concept shoe. The sustainable kicks were made from the equivalent of 11 plastic bottles and significant amounts of plastic reclaimed from abandoned netting ocean waste in
Earlier this week, we received a massive box at the office with the words 'Reebok Future' printed on top. Here's a full run-down of what happened next because it was too interesting to keep to ourselves: As we opened the box to reveal its contents, we noticed a
PGA TOUR season is approaching, and you know what that means—new golf swag. This year's line-up includes Nike's new Lunar Control Vapor shoes, which will be worn by Rory Mcllroy at the HSBC Champions event. Nike Lunar Control Vapors. Image via PGA TOURThe shoes feature a traction system that was
This week, the wonderful world of footwear has brought us us the opportunity to help Smithsonian preserve one of the most iconic pairs of shoes out there—Dorothy's Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz. The project's Kickstarter is seeking a whopping $300,000, and with a little under one month to
Picking out the right Halloween costume is stressful—there are so many options out there and so many questions to ask yourself before making a final decision. Scary or funny? Obscure or iconic? Very rarely, someone hits the nail right on the head. This year, it happened
There's been a lot going on in the sneaker world over the past few weeks—here's two newsworthy sneaker relases: NRG's Shoe Without a Footprint. NRG recently developed five pairs of these minimalist, all-white beauties made mostly from recycled carbon dioxide emissions turned polymer. The sneakers were created to promote
Those of you keeping up with Spring/Summer 2017 Fashion Weeks know that it's been a time for self-expression and boundary pushing design within the realm of footwear. However, it's not the wacky animal heels or plastics that are getting people riled up this season—it's three internet breaking collaborations. We round
The New Balance one year Apprenticeship Program is all about taking young talented designers and molding them into future design stars. Our internship program, The Design Foundry, will give you the opportunity to work as part of the global design team and learn from industry veterans.
New Balance has a history of 100 years of enduring performance and is still running strong today. Part of what makes New Balance so unique is our commitment to making products that not only provide performance, but also superior fit and comfort. The same attention that is placed on our
I don't see a lot of innovation in the footwear design space, outside of shoes targeted at athletes that boast some interesting-looking, but probably cockamamie, performance-boosting feature. So I was excited when Vibram came out with their Furoshikis, which applies the idea of a Japanese wrapping cloth to footwear design.
Here's a rather odd match-up: Hankook Tire has teamed up with Vibram, the manufacturer of footwear outsoles, to create concept tires that, well, resemble hiking shoes. The Hankook DynaSync borrows Vibram's distinctive-looking lugs… …and grafts them onto their treads: These will supposedly improve traction over rough terrain. (These being concept
Brooklyn Creator Farm: The Brooklyn Farm is an open source creation center that will help shape creative direction across the entire adidas brand. Serving as a cultural contact point between creators, culture and consumers alike, the Farm will let people take risks, have fun and experiment without limitations. The
Just when you thought the Poke-fever was breaking, here's a new shoe design to help you catch more over-hyped little monsters than ever. NY start-up Vixole's concept kicks would help guide gamers to prized Pokemon while feeling futuristic AF in the process. They look simple, retro and comfortable, and pack
The Brooklyn Farm is an open source creation center that will help shape creative direction across the entire brand. Serving as a cultural contact point between creators, culture and consumers alike, the Farm will let people take risks, have fun and experiment without limitations.
The Brooklyn Farm is an open source creation center that will help shape creative direction across the entire adidas brand. Serving as a cultural contact point between creators, culture and consumers alike, the Farm will let people take risks, have fun and experiment without limitations.
If you thought wooden clogs were just in fairy tales or Dutch postcards, you're missing out on the hottest DIY accessory you can make from your own woodpile. They're known as "Klomps" and not only are these klomky footwear still around, they're surprisingly simple to make… at least if you're
If you want to study footwear design, the PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy should be one of your go-to's. But they're based in Portland, Oregon, making it tough for those east of the Atlantic to get there. Thus last year Pensole began offering a version of their course in Denmark, called
In partnership with Autodesk and Alcoa Foundation, the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of the third Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The challenge asks designers to develop product solutions that use limited global resources as an opportunity for innovation, informed by the free, online,
Plenty of people tout innovative uses for recycled plastic, from vertical gardens made out of discarded plastic bottles to this unnecessarily robust coin purse. But, at the end of the day, many of these designs fall short because they're not creating a product that is desirable when divorced from the
We want to be the fastest sports brand in the world. Thinking fast. Acting fast. But nevertheless sustainable. This mission statement is mirrored not only by our new brand promise, “Forever Faster,” but also by our guiding principle for the entire company. To achieve our objectives, we require individuals that
Exciting news for aspiring sneaker designers: The Pensole Footwear Design Academy, in collaboration with the City of Portland, is providing an opportunity to have your questions about the industry answered by the pros. At the end of each session in their upcoming Saturday School program, Pensole founder D'Wayne Edwards is
Designer Roderick Pieters has teamed up with Japan's Proef to launch Loper, a shoe line that responds to workers' health issues and reduces waste. After studying shoe design and manufacture, Pieters began thinking about the harmful working conditions and wasteful use cycle associated with keeping our feet neat. Glued-sole
Don't merely break the rules, change the game: This self-starter should demonstrate a strong understanding of construction, graphics, color and materials in creating compelling themed-based designs that are trend relevant. They should have a BA, BS, BFA in Industrial Design, Graphic Design, or Fashion/Apparel and 3-5 years of footwear experience.
Ankle braces are often very uncomfortable to put on and wear underneath your shoes (not to mention an eye sore). Why can't athletic shoes have ankle braces built into their design to eliminate the need for separate supports? I set out to address this problem. During the research stage, I
In Milan, Nike staged a large-scale installation celebrating the spirit of material innovation and the Nature of Motion through collaborations with an international cadre of talented designers and a joyful display of the imaginings of their in-house design team. With a focus on the evolution of the Nike running shoe—from
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