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Nike Concept: Basketball
-Flyknit technology, with a supporting upper leather strip that wraps around the middle of the shoe.
-Low cut; originally inspired form the Flyknit Runner.. and trying to translate this form into a basketball shoe.
-Realised the need of superior reinforcement around ankle area, as the original runner is made for marathons. Whereas basketball requires a lot more lateral support.
Material Testing: Leather
Nike Concept: Cross Trainer
-Hyperfused upper segments
-Strong aesthetic developed through the sectioning of particular areas of the sneaker and therefore highlighting the skeletal structure.
-Sole of shoe inspired from the Nike Flyknit Runner. Really like the strong cut into the sole that creates a dynamic negative space; eluding to speed and direction.
Nike Concept: Basketball
-Initially inspired from the Lebron 8.
-Slimming through the toe area to reinforce ideas of being agile, dynamic; seen in the Nike Free
-Front becomes more cross-trainer like, yet still having the stability of high ankle support
-Upper is similar to the traditional two tone on the Nike Dunk, but panels are narrower and does not wrap around toe
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I have an immense passion for shoes and this folder will be continuously updated with renders, sketches and anything related in my pursuit to become a footwear designer.

John Chen
Industrial Designer Wellington, New Zealand