I bring the athlete mentality to design. Everything I learn on the court I try to apply to the design game and vice versa. Some of the best life lessons are when you’re at the rawest and gotta trust in your squad. I’ll stay dedicated to that. Always.
This project has been intense. I purchased a 3D Printer for part creation during school. Brackets, sliders, mounts were mostly what was being printed, but in the back of my mind I wanted to make my own shoes. I knew that. I just needed to figure out how. Below are some visuals of that how.
Listen, let’s just be plain here. This industry is built on the excellence and greatness of minority athletes only to box those same people out of design and management roles.
Limited space, coupled with a complete lack of available information on where and how to start your own sneaker project, not to mention the exorbitant costs to start up traditionally. It’s clear what the game plan is. Now to break that. I hope this info can be someones guide to replicate similar results.
“No, Hov’ did that
So hopefully you won’t have to go through that”
PLA – The first prints.
Iterations and experiments in form and shape only
Due to size and time limitation, components were split into back and front half – Heel And Toe
Attempts at injecting foam – 3D Printing Mold for foam.
The AHA! Moment – TPU Printing. Simulating cushion with a Lattice Structure
It was here I had to stop for about six months. I was stuck. The cushion was comfortable, but overall, the shape sucked. This wasn’t the way to go about this.
And All that for that ugly thing? Naw we ain’t going down like that.
Change Sole. Too Bulky
Low Quality Test Print – 8 Hours
Medium Quality Test Print – 16 Hours – Evidence of hardware issues – Modifications Necessary.
Always free to answer questions. Smash that button in the menu if you have any,