Design Inspiration - Industrial design / product design blog


Drawing on the adjacency of the Beijing National Stadium to the Beijing National Aquatics Center, the seemingly erratic textured upper with structurally systematic lacing sits on the bubble-like form and function of the Adidas Ultraboost sole. The lacing system consists of two continuous laces that loop around support points along the upper and around the heel of the shoe. The lock is a 3D printed double-loop cinch to cleanly keep the laces in place. Along the heel is another lace-lock to keep the network from sliding. The textured skin beneath the exposed structural lacing is an abrasive-resistant poly-urethane fused to a Lycra® base. The upper was lasted and baked at 300 degrees to hold its form in place. 

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