Nike's Flyknit has become synonymous with the brand, now used in everything from sneakers to sports bras. The knit material is more sustainable than many materials used in footwear and fashion, mainly due to its minimal waste production. But since Flyknit's conception in 2012, Nike has been more focused on
Performance sneakers made from wool sound too warm and itchy to be true, so we were intrigued when Allbirds took to Kickstarter to pitch their Wool Runners to the world back in 2014—and reached their maximum target in just five days. When you think about this classic example of an
Tomorrow, September 13th, 2017: Pop your popcorn and prepare for Pensole founder D'Wayne Edwards and America's Next Top Model producer Ken Mok's ultimate sneaker design showdown, Lace Up. Get ready to yell critiques at your TV and try to out-sketch 12 sneaker designers from around the world as they compete
Berlin-based artist Hans Hemmert (famous for his work with balloons) threw a party where guests wore shoe-extenders to make them all the same height of 2 meters. Aside from bringing the partygoers all to a common eye level (and eliminating the awkward postures of party talk between the tall and the short), the gathering is lent an infographic nature by the shoes: all made from blue foam, the person's real height is read in the visual uniformity of the sole instead of at the head—like a walking b
When designing performance footwear, sneaker companies like Nike and Adidas will always starts with the shape of the human foot. A keen understanding of its structure then leads its designers to add support and cushioning in the appropriate places. But when designing footwear less demanding in its needs—say, the house slippers folks wear in Japan and other cultures where outdoor shoes are a no-go in the house—there's a lot more latitude.
Tired of seeing the Nike swoosh in the same place, over and over? Tired of seeing logos on sneakers in general? Nike's now giving you the option to place your own or opt-out entirely with their recently released Gakou Flyknit. In all honesty, the design of the sneaker itself isn't all that revolutionary—by this point, we've all grown accustomed to sock-like shoes being worn everywhere from the gym to the office.
My friend Gary showed up at our book club wearing a pair of Chuck Taylors. Nothing unusual about that except that he's in his 70s and had no idea they were in style. He's been wearing Chucks since the 1950s—just the way they come out of the box. But
Laceless sneakers are nothing new, especially for adidas. But besides cleats, it's tough to find a pair designed for high performance. Enter adidas's first laceless UltraBOOST sneakers, announced last week. Designed for runners, the laceless UltraBOOSTs use Primeknit technology to their fullest advantage. Due to its decrease in elasticity, the
adidas just officially announced their Greenpoint, Brooklyn Creator Farm, an open source hub for well, creativity. Boasting a start-up environment within the not-so-startup company, the adidas Creator Farm seems like a secure place to work for a small team without the major risk of going under. Our burning question
Ask any woman—no matter what their size or shape may be—what their main challenges are during a workout. I guarantee the conversation will start with sports bras nine times out of ten. Often times, sports bras lack support, and the materials used are not as sweat-friendly as promised. This leads
Bulk and inconvenience instantly come to mind when thinking of protective athletic gear—especially when it comes to positions that require more than shin guards, like goalies. This frustration was the foundation of Storelli Sports, a Brooklyn-based athletic company co-founded by a group of four soccer players understandably fed-up with injury
When Kvadrat announced their partnership with adidas for a pack of Stan Smiths, I figured they'd just be sneakers with beautiful fabric slapped on them. I was wrong. While we don't have any cool process images for you, and it doesn't appear any revolutionary techniques were used in manufacturing, we're
Steven M. Johnson's "Patent Depending" series of inventions range from social commentary to plain ol' bizarre, and they always give us a laugh. So we've contracted him to let us publish one every week.
The original Mars Yard ShoeThe history of the Tom Sachs x Nikecraft Mars Yard Shoe is, without a doubt, one for the books. Releasing 5 years ago, the first Mars Yard Shoe took both the sneaker and design worlds by storm. Promising to deliver superior stability in rough terrains, the
At the beginning of the month, adidas unveiled their newest materials experiment, FORGEFIBER. The difference between this new manufacturing method and what we've been seeing in the industry lately is simple—no 3D printers. I know, crazy. Instead of 3D printed material, FORGEFIBER focuses on knit technology, varying densities with a
It's clear nobody knows better than jeffstaple what it means to be a designer and businessman at the same damn time. So, I was curious to speak with him about what that exactly means, in terms of managing responsibilities, transitioning between roles, rebranding and designing for a niche-turned-mass market. Let's get right down to it, because there's a lot to cover.
Through seamlessly blending business and design, Jeff Ng, also known as jeffstaple, turned his graphic design passion into the three-part visual communication agency, Staple Design. Including the agency itself, the t-shirt printing stint turned successful menswear collection, Staple Pigeon and the beloved Lower East Side retail store, Reed Space (whose
For their new "all-conditions" sneaker, the ACG.07.KMTR, Nike developed a totally new entry-exit system that we're very curious to try out. Rather than laces and eyelets, the kick features a draw cord, a strap and a magnetic buckle. Here's what opening and closing the bag-like upper looks like: "We trialed
Late last night, adidas unveiled their game-changing version of digitally fabricated shoes in partnership with tech company, Carbon. The Futurecraft 4D running shoes combine Carbon's Digital Light Synthesis manufacturing process with footwear design knowledge from adidas' Futurecraft team. The result? A sleek sneaker that's way more complicated than it appears:
The Reebok Future team recently announced their Cotton + Corn sustainable products initiative, which will include a pair of sneakers made from organic cotton and inedible corn waste. The Cotton + Corn shoes feature an upper made from organic cotton and a sole made from inedible corn waste. This cute
March 26, 1987 brought us one of the most infamous sneakers in history—the Air Max 1. While Air Max technology was originally introduced eight years earlier in the Tailwind, the Air Max 1 was the first time the air technology was made at a larger scale and visible from the
It's not often that I feel guilty after watching a manufacturing video, but this one did it to me. I go through a pair of sneakers in under a year, and after seeing the absurd amount of labor, processes, machines, energy and materials that go into each, I can't
The latest in sneaker innovation comes from a strange source—to say the least. Pizza Hut recently merged sneaker and food culture with the unveiling of their limited edition 'Pie Top' kicks: A 64 pair run of the Pie Tops were designed in honor of the pizza company's first year as
We are seeking an experienced footwear designer to design footwear that meets trends and leverages brand DNA of Style, Performance and Green for the Sport Leisure category. This Senior Designer must bring the seasonal creative direction to life into the product briefs including functional, cost and aesthetic objectives.
Netflix has released all eight episodes of "Abstract: The Art of Design," which goes behind the scenes of a variety of creative fields. Since industrial design is an impossibly broad category, we're treated with not one but two episodes of narrower ID focus: Footwear and automotive. We'll start our reviews
When looking for footwear sketching inspiration, look no further than Coroflot's rich database of design portfolios. From material exploration ideas to problem solving design hacks, here are some hand-drawn gems that will have you inspired to take to the drawing board to design your own pair of fresh kicks.
I see a lot of bad shoe sketches out there, so I thought I'd work up a basic demo. The first step is understanding the particular proportions to different common silhouettes. A hiking boot's shape is very different from a kitten heel. A basketball shoe is very different from an
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
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