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Oxygen and light applied onto liquid polymer. That’s the formula <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Adidas</a> is using to manufacture their latest generation of footwear, the <a href="https://www.adidas.com/us/alphaedge-4d-shoes/AC8485.html" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">ALPHAEDGE 4D</a>. Digital Light Synthesis was developed with <a href="https://www.carbon3d.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Carbon</a> to allow the footwear makers to tailor midsole structure for cushioning, stability, and comfort specific to the weight and activity of its wearer. Now Amsterdam’s <a href="http://www.studiohagel.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Studio Hagel</a> is using the 3D-printed midsoles and compositing a hybrid shoe as componetry to reconstruct their own unique hi-top reinterpretation.
From Andy Barr, Adidas’s global category director for running:
With AlphaEdge 4D our goal is to enhance the athlete’s preparation for their sport. Running is the foundation of every athlete’s training and at adidas we understand that each athlete exhibits different movement patterns based on their sport, stature and gender.
The original goals of the ALPHAEDGE 4D as stated above – available domestically in the US since February – may have been motivated in
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I love fancy footworks as much as the next person and believe that a great outfit can be ruined (or at the very least, go undocumented) with a bad choice in shoes (nothing a little photo-cropping can’t fix to salvage that photo though). However, when it comes to sneakers, I hail from the “less is more” camp, even while ‘Dad shoes’ and retro ‘sneaks are making a comeback. Simple, minimalist sneakers just have a soft spot in my heart, especially when they’re well-made and classically designed with modern elements. I’m also more inclined to hand over $200 when I think about how many outfits can go with a minimalist sneaker over a maximalist one.
If you’re in the market for a pair of fresh new kicks, here are 7 current favorites that our Tech Editor Gregory and I rounded up to help with your window shopping.
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The <a href="https://www.nike.com/launch/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike 1 Reimagined</a> is the sort of dream project every designer wishes will one day drop onto their desk (or inbox): an assignment revolving around reinterpreting an iconic design for modern times. In the case of sneakers, it doesn’t get any more storied and iconic than the Nike Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan 1.
New collections revolving around a classic style are nothing new. But in the case of the Nike 1 Reimagined collection, it’s both the individual participants and the sum of the team deserving notice: an all-female team of 14 designers selected from Nike’s internal design, materials, and colorists departments. Led by Nike Senior Footwear Creative Director Georgina James, two groups eventually coalesced around the two styles, with each reimagining both hoops-centric shoes well beyond the original silhouettes.
Given carte blanche for two weeks to deconstruct and reassemble to their imagination’s content, the designers of the 1
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Noting the gap in talent, the outcome of Wednesday night’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder seemed like a foregone conclusion. But amongst sneakerheads there was another reason to tune into the game: whether reigning NBA league MVP Russell Westbrook would be playing in his newly designed signature shoes for the <a href="https://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/jordan" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Nike Jordan Brand</a>.
Though OKC would indeed blowout the Lakers, the game did deliver on the new sneaker front, with Russell Westbrook playing three quarters donning his new Jordan Why Not Zer0.1 Mirror Image.
Named in reflection and comparison between Michael Jordan’s (in)famous resolute intensity of yesteryear alongside the dogged breakneck effort of Westbrook’s play today, the top expanse of the Mirror Image is embellished – from its heel counter to vamp to toe tip – in service of its namesake with a collage of cutout imagery of both players executed in nostalgic Mars
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10. <a href="https://design-milk.com/ces-2017-motiv-activity-tracker-ring/" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">CES 2017: The Titanium-Encased Motiv Activity Tracker Ring</a><br />
This lightweight, waterproof titanium ring keeps tabs on the wearer’s daily activity, heart rate, and quality of sleep for up to 5 days per charge.
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SoCal clothier <a href="http://publishbrand.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Publish Brand’s</a> streetwear cred was established by their hugely popular line of jogger pants and other complementary pieces that made it easy for those with an affinity for kicks to bring attention to their finest sneakers. They’ve gone onto bigger and brighter things, including a follow-up to last year’s unexpected collaboration with outdoor gear giant, <a href="https://www.thenorthface.com/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">The North Face</a>. The partnership resulted in “<a href="http://publishbrand.com/collaborations/midnight-in-antartica-with-the-north-face/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Midnight in Antarctica</a>,” a moody trio of deep navy hued footwear styles applied onto classic North Face silhouettes. This year’s collaborative footwear collection “Earth’s Core” is fire to last year’s ice.
Both the North Face’s Litewave Ampere II HC and the ThermoBall Traction Mule II models distinguish themselves with a vibrant treatment of bright orange across their soles, embellishing the lightweight materials of each shoe engineered for trekking activities where every ounce counts.
The larger silhouette of the Litewave Ampere II HC features a
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There’s a good chance someone in your life has one or two tech gifts on their holiday wish list. The good news is there’s a dizzying array of items merging technology with smart design to choose from now, whether it’s for the home theater enthusiast, the brainiac whiz kid, the budding audiophile, or the aesthete first adopter. We’ve been check-marking tech designs all year for this end of the year gift guide – so, here’s our design-friendly picks to entertain, educate, nourish, and even decorate the home all with technology integral to the experience.
Gantri 3D Printed Table Lamp \\ starting at $148
A few months ago we spotlighted the emergence of this San Francisco-based company for their intriguing 3D printing and on-demand manufacturing platform. Their catalog of wildly futuristic dimmable LED accent, area, and task lamps has since grown into a tempting selection of shapes and purposes, perfect to
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<a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">adidas Originals</a> is giving the <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/originals-stan_smith-shoes" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Stan Smith</a> a new spin with the help of Danish textile company <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat</a>. The collaboration looks to Copenhagen for inspiration by decking these special editions with <a href="http://kvadrat.dk/collection/detail/uid/5297-0742/all-colours/show" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">Kvadrat’s Squares</a> fabric by Danish designer Vibeke Rohland. The textured fabric features a geometric pattern of dots in various colors atop a complementary background. Instead of the usual 3-stripe perforations on the sides, the adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith kicks are finished with embroidered lines, along with a contrasting fabric on the heel patch and classic white cupsoles.
The adidas Originals x Kvadrat Stan Smith sneakers will be available in Navy, Pink, and Core Black starting July 6th, 2017.
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It’s been nearly a decade – June 29, 2007, to be precise – since Apple first released the very first iPhone…and with it came along a whole industry of accessories designed to protect and personalize the smartphone. Call us jaded, but in general we tend to steer toward understated leather cases for those purposes, like Apple’s in-house <a href="https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MMYF2ZM/A/iphone-7-plus-leather-case-saddle-brown" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">leather case</a> or <a href="https://www.mujjo.com/cases/iphone/iphone-7/leather-case-for-iphone-7-plus-tan" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Mujjo’s similar leather option</a>; these cases do an excellent job protecting the phone from drops and improve grip/prevent slip thanks to leather’s characteristic tactile texture. But every once in awhile something like these Nike iPhone Cases pops onto our radar and the itch to go kitsch arises.
Fashioned after the outsole pattern of two of the most iconic Nike sneakers – the Air Force 1 and Roshe – the quartet of colors between two styles offers sneaker lovers a way to make their affinity for the Swoosh clearly on
<a href="http://design-milk.com/nikelab-acg-07-kmt/nikeacg-shoes3_5/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://0.design-milk.com/images/2017/05/NIKEACG-SHOES3_5-810x603.jpg" alt="A Brown Paper Bag Inspired the Design of the NIKELAB ACG 07 KMTR" /></a>
Sneaker designers have oft been quoted finding inspiration in form and function from the realms of the architectural, automotive, fashion, and nature itself. Yet it is the humble brown paper bag that helped shape the functional fit and transformation of the upcoming <a href="http://www.nike.com/us/en_us/c/nikelab" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">NIKELAB ACG 07 KMTR</a>, an “All Conditions Gear” urban commuter sneaker that opens and closes with just a pull of an integrated draw cord.
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As I travel more and more, traveling light and efficiently have become my main priority. Gone are those days of lugging giant suitcases filled to the brim with clothes that are never worn. Instead, I’ll now go to Europe on a ten-day excursion with just a carry-on and my backpack.
However, that does mean one thing—I can no longer bring excess clothing or multiple pairs of shoes for those “just in case” situations. You know—one ‘stylish’ pair, one everyday pair, one pair for in case my everyday pair starts to hurt my feet, and one more just for fun. Like furniture, I need shoes that combine form and function—all day comfort, and can be worn from daytime sightseeing to nighttime bar hopping. I have multiple
<a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-futurecraft-4d/futurecraft4d_product_hero_black/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2017/04/FUTURECRAFT4D_PRODUCT_HERO_BLACK-810x523.jpg" alt="Adidas Futurecraft 4D is the 3D Printed Sneaker Revolution Realized" /></a>
Adidas has made their intentions evident <a href="http://design-milk.com/?s=adidas+3D" data-wpel-link="internal">for some time</a>, previewing evolutionary iterations of 3D printed midsoles as the foundation of next generation athletic footwear. But until now their plans have been hampered by the foe of any innovation: scale. Thanks to a technical and manufacturing process called Digital Light Synthesis, the <a href="http://www.adidas.com/us/futurecraft" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">adidas Futurecraft 4D</a> is to become the harbinger of 3D printed midsole sneakers for the masses.
Adidas worked with Silicon Valley contiguous 3D printing technology specialists, Carbon, to utilize a manufacturing that forgoes traditional prototyping and moulding for a 3D printing process using digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid polymer resin to generate high performance, durable polymeric products quickly – ideal for midsole manufacturing on a scale previously unrealizable. The manufacturing process is quite mesmerizing.
The resulting latticed structure midsole structure is even more pliable and flexible than previous Futurecraft models, designed to accommodate the needs of athletic
<a href="http://design-milk.com/ua-architech-futurist-3d-printed/5-underarmour-futurist-3d/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2017/03/5-underarmour-futurist-3D-810x539.jpg" alt="The UA ArchiTech Futurist Floats Atop 3D Printed Midsoles" /></a>
Get used to seeing “3D printed midsoles” as an increasingly advertised feature accompanying the announcement of new sneakers. Joining the likes of <a href="http://design-milk.com/adidas-3d-running-shoes/" data-wpel-link="internal">adidas</a> and <a href="http://design-milk.com/new-balance-x-nervous-systems-adaptive-3d-printed-midsole-running-shoes/" data-wpel-link="internal">New Balance</a>, both who’ve ventured into developing proprietary adaptive 3D printed midsoles, Under Armor recently unveiled the <a href="https://www.underarmour.com/en-us/3d-architech?avad=55097_ae2225bd&cid=AF%7Cskimlinks.com%7CAvantLink%7CUS" data-wpel-link="external" rel="external noopener noreferrer">UA ArchiTech Futurist</a> – a limited edition 3D printed sneaker designed for the Crossfit demographic.
The ArchiTech Futurist is the evolutionary progeny of Under Armour’s UA Architech, a shoe concept that won the Advanced Concepts Technical Competition at last year’s AMUG Conference. Sporting a similar interlocking lattice structure as its predecessor, the ArchiTech Futurist TPU midsoles are also made possible using selective laser sintering (SLS), resulting in the characteristic lattice work. The 3D printed heel section is purported to return energy with every press toward the heel, catering to weight lifting exercises of Crossfitters.
The proprietary 3D heel structure was formulated by Lehmann & Voss & Co., a chemical engineering company specializing in
Converse continues their Chuck Modern Collection with the unveiling of Chuck Modern Colors, the third installment where they take a look back on the brand’s iconic 108-year old history as a way to envision the future. Bringing today’s technological innovations to the legendary sneakers, they’ve created a modern and lightweight design that’s the perfect addition to the Chuck Taylor All Star family.
The Converse Chuck Modern Colors collection looks to the archives at the colors of the Chuck Taylor All Star kicks of the 1970s. They gave the colors a fresh update with a two-layer mesh upper that gives the sneakers a unique textural depth. The sneakers will be available in Black, Olive, Deep Bordeaux, Navy, and Ash Grey at Converse stores and on Converse.com.
One look at David Olivares’ concept Y-A FUYU HIGH sneaker design and it’s impossible not to imagine the Hoth base cold assault stormtroopers in The Empire Strikes Back, giant mechanized robots from anime, the profile of the adidas Kobe Bryant shoes circa 2000, and hardware usually found securing skiers onto their skis. Whether any of these references played a part in shaping this multi-layered futuristic boot-sneaker is unknown, but we like the exploratory results.
Olivares conceived his weatherproof mechanized sneaker design as a knowing nod to the urban high fashion aesthetics of Yohji Yamamoto’s adidas Y-3 label and Germany’s techwear imprint, ACRONYM. The multi-layered sneaker is accessorized with functional straps, zippers, and locking closures, in sum creating a futuristic profile communicating fashion accompanied with technical functionality.
The Y-A FUYU HIGH was designed as an entrant for the sneaker design competition, the PENSOLE World Sneaker Championship, designed, modeled, and rendered completely in Autodesk Fusion 360.
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Adidas made its intentions quite clear in 2015 with the reveal of their <a href="http://design-milk.com/preview-custom-fit-future-adidas-futurecraft-3d/" data-wpel-link="internal">Futurecraft trainers</a>, a wearable prototype sneaker built around an innovative 3D printed latticed sole. The lofty intent from conception was to eventually offer a true customization experience on a foot-by-foot basis. That concept is now a reality – albeit in very limited quantities – with the release of the Adidas 3D Runner.
Similar to the trajectory of a concept car to its eventual production line model, Adidas has altered and improved the fit and finish of their initial prototype for both durability and comfort in many noticeable ways. Most significant is the denser lattice midsole which now feels sturdier and more supportive while walking or running. The thicker “engineered 3D web structure” results in a more forgiving foot strike, while also giving the shoes a more structurally resilient ruggedness that wasn’t fully evident with the original Futurecraft model’s sole.
We immediately thought of the white hat/black hat transformation of
In 2016, we brought you a mix of <a href="http://design-milk.com/category/style-fashion/" data-wpel-link="internal">Style + Fashion</a> posts, covering everything from really cool sneakers to LEGO bags to building your own Fender guitar. From the rankings of the most popular posts in this category, it seems you all liked the variety as well. See which posts were the most popular this year.
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The adidas Originals NMD City Sock is a pared down and fashionable homage to three of the brands most iconic 1980’s running shoe silhouettes.
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It’s definitely getting chillier with every passing day, which means we’re wearing bulkier and weather-proof footwear when required. But that doesn’t mean we’re sleeping on more comfortable kicks – our daily wear – like these 8 current favorites, each picked for their stylish profiles and comfortable fit.
1. adidas Futurecraft Biofabric
Adidas continues to push the bounds of innovation with their latest Futurecraft concept, this time using biopolymers mimicking the tensile strength and woven softness of silk to sheath the uppers of these lightweight sneakers. And lightweight they are – 15% lighter compared to other models made with conventional synthetic fibers. Adidas has also made these sneakers completely biodegradable, hopefully a feature we across their range of footwear in the near future.
Puma Blaze of Glory Sock
Designed as an homage to the cozy traditional cable knit sweaters of the Aran Islands, these sneakers look like the perfect autumn/winter sneakers for cold
<a href="http://design-milk.com/100-pairs-hard-graft-s1-midtops-sneakers/hardgraft-sneakersandinscene-06/"><img src="http://2.design-milk.com/images/2016/09/hardgraft-sneakersandinscene-06-600x334.jpg" alt="There Are Only 100 Pairs of These Hard Graft S1 Midtops Sneakers" /></a>
If you’re all about exclusivity and are partial to midtop sneakers, you’ll want to redirect your to the Hard Graft website and cop a pair of these extremely limited run <a href="https://hardgraft.us/products/sneaker-sand#" >Hard Graft S1 Midtops Sneakers</a>.
Hardcraft made 100 of these grey colorway versions, but they’re already all accounted for.
The handsome and understated style should dress especially well with dark denim, constructed with full grain leather and a supple calf leather lining, all made in Portugal. They’re only making 100 of these kicks in this sand colorway (grey has already sold out), with only sizes 10 and 12 currently still in stock, so we’d advise being decisive.
<a href="http://design-milk.com/concept-reality-self-lacing-nike-hyperadapt-1-0/nike-hyperadapt-earl4/"><img src="http://3.design-milk.com/images/2016/09/Nike-hyperadapt-EARL4-600x600.jpg" alt="From Concept to Reality: The Self-Lacing Nike HyperAdapt 1.0" /></a>
Like any proper technology, the new <a href="http://www.nike.com/" >Nike</a> HyperAdapt 1.0 goes by a more personable moniker – E.A.R.L. – a friendly stand-in for its more long-winded given name, the Electro Adaptive Reactive Lacing sneaker. The HyperAdapt 1.0 aren’t just any new shoes, but a new platform designed to represent the company’s future forward intentions, one weaving digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a singular purpose to serve comfortable movement of the wearer at the touch of a button. Thanks to <em><a href="https://www.wired.com/2016/09/nike-self-lacing-design-hyperadapt" >WIRED</a></em>, we now know these sneakers aren’t just vaporware/wear…
Step into these Nikes and E.A.R.L. automatically tightens to a form fit; adjustments to tighten or loosen fit are available using two hidden buttons. The HyperAdapt 1.0 — each shoe is fitted with a hidden sensor connected to a battery, motor, and cable system programmed to use an algorithmic pressure equation to tighten the “laces” for a personalized lockdown onto