These are futuristic running shoes with transparent fiber optic soles and transparent mesh uppers. They have led screens in the soles that show different animated airbag architectures that you can choose from and you charge them with an included induction mat. They are influenced by Akira and meant to channel the future as filtered through the 80s. They were meant to be Yeezys but they look more like Nike.
These are Louis Vuitton Shoes that take inspiration from Crocs — the harbinger of exquisite taste. You plug them in when you aren’t wearing them and in return they blink and flash to show your command of high fashion and uncompromising demand for comfort. This is a dad shoe mixed with a croc. Get on my level Virgil Abloh.
This is a redesign and an artistic redirection of Lebron’s basketball sneaker. This shoe has a full length airbag with fiber optics inside. It also has autolacing. You can see the autolacing mechanism through the transparent mesh upper. These sneakers are designed to be light and comfortable and a postmodern deconstruction of the modern basketball shoe. I don’t like the Tupperware looking pods on his current shoes.
Billie Eilish needs a deal with Nike. Those 15s she wears are cool. She wears them because they are so hated — even by the guy who designed them. There is an art to appreciating something for the amount of hate it gets. When you look at them in comparison to the design aesthetic of adidas’s yeezy 350s — they look far cooler than they used to. TBH she should be wearing some ironic hybrid Jordan ones with an upside down swoosh that looks like the menthol 10s. Just look at that swoosh — it fits in that space perfectly. The upper is transparent with a plastic mesh. Also the airbag on these sparkles in the dark with tiny pink lights that march around like ants. You can control the pattern with your phone to spell out words like I’m BoReD or nApaLm SkY.
This is a Nike Jordan Basketball shoe with blinking led lights, auto lacing and a snap dragon cpu. It monitors your blood oxygen level and heart rate using a pulse oximeter on your toe nail. I love how Nike shoes are in a constant dialogue with the past as focused through the lens of the present. It is weird though how their current shoes sell less than their classic shoes. It says something deep and meaningful about their newer designs and where they are headed as a company.
This is a new Airmax shoe design with patriotic colors and an airbag modeled after weed smoke. It is a logical design progression of the Airmax 720 with a translucent mesh upper.
This is a Nike Airmax 420. It has a full length airbag and a mesh upper. The airbag looks like weed smoke.
This is a Jordan 34. It has auto-lacing and light-up airbags. I focused mostly on designing the soles. They are supposed to represent alien technology from random 80s scifi movies. The future is only cool when you see it focused through the lens of different decades. The only branding on this sneaker is the tiny jumpman on the sole. The idea is to make the upper disappear so that you focus on the visually intricate airbag. If you see the earliest ads for airmax you can see how the airbags appear to be emitting light. That is the obvious natural progression of air.
This is a Nike Skateboard hightop with auto lacing and glowing soles. It has a skater gyroscope in the shoe that helps you learn to do tricks using your smartphone. You charge this shoe by placing it on an induction pad in your closet. It is influenced by Nike’s Yeezy 1 sneaker — so by proxy it has lots of Robotech influences. Robotech is what the future looked like in the 80s. Those patterns are straight Concept Car Camouflage Memphis. I never noticed until I started designing shoes that they are very much like postmodern architecture.
Vapormax is not very cool. This is a new direction that is influenced by old silhouettes like the original Pegasus — a shoe that is completely beautiful and timeless. The sole length airbag conforms to the shape of a traditional running shoe sole. This is a retro looking Vapormax with modern technology and materials.