Nike x Tamu Art University Sneaker Design

A barefoot-like sneaker, one of the concept products for nike designed by students of tama art university’s product design dep

Two shoes developed in a collaborative concept project between nike and the tama art university product design department approach the technical development of new products with a sense of the needs and craftsmanship of tradition.

Araki’s foot hugging sneaker design (whose prototype is depicted in the first picture of the article)

araki’s redesign of nike’s shuzu is created as a protective but unintrusive option for the thousands of city children that spend their days barefoot. in sports like football, having direct contact between ball and foot increases the player’s ability to respond with specific muscles and actions, but at an increased risk of injury. The sneaker design is close-fitting, meant to almost stretch sock-like over the feet, to retain this sensation of direct contact. the surface varies in thickness, depending on where the most action and wear is likely to occur, with a specially engineered inner surface to increase the rotation applied to the ball with a kick, and a relatively flat outer edge to assist in catching.

Based on a pleated pattern, the ‘nike pocket’ shoe designed by kasai takeshi can be folded onto itself to be carried easily in hand or pocket. the polypropylene material is flexible but durable, resistant to repeated bending.

Norse Projects Autumn Winter 2011 Lookbook

Norse Projects send over some interesting imagery to represent their Fall/Winter 2011 collection. This lookbook put together by the Danish label was shot on Møns Klint or the Cliffs of Møn to us English folk. It’s an impressive landmark and tourist attraction along the eastern coast of the Danish island of Møn in the Baltic Sea. The bright chalk cliffs really do lend well to the clothing and showcase the garments in a clean and fresh environment. This stuff will be hitting stores around June/July but you can buy the Spring Summer collection here

As always with Norse, the outerwear looks exceedingly good and the knitwear has also come on leaps and bounds over the seasons. I don’t always like the so called ‘hype’ factor around a brand, but the boys over at NP can definitely make some great clothing.

Common Projects Desert Boot 1209 43 1039

Inspired by utilitarian design and luxury products, Common Projects sets out to create minimalist design basics and accessories.  The stand out style for me from the Spring Summer 2011 collection is the Red colourway of the Desert Boots A sick design, featuring nubuck uppers and a contrast grey mid-sole unit. Of course they continue to use their trademark product code on the outside of the shoe (1209 43 1039 in this case). If the red is for you they are available in Blue or Khaki too. Take a closer look & buy here



Herschel Supply Co ‘Pop Quiz’ Backpack


Herschel Supply Co. delivers a classic backpack in red with this ‘Pop Quiz’ model. It’s equipped with two front pockets, top zip pocket, and a large main compartment with black soft velvet section. Inside, it features the brand’s red and white striped lining

Lanvin Suede & Leather Hi Tops

Lanvin has released a new version of its strap style high tops, made of suede and leather. The dark grey upper is distinguished by its contrasting combination of materials, including nylon, suede and smooth leathers. Patent burnt orange trim outlines the ankle strap, while the white rubber soles feature beige ribbed trim.

A stylish combination of textures, these stunning shoes are available at Browns