Monday, September 26, 2016
Golden Kicks: The Shoes that Changed Sport by Jason Coles reveals the stories behind some of the greatest shoes in sporting history, the roles they played in sport s most significant moments, and how they have made the transition from classic sportswear to mainstream streetwear. Discover the amazing stories behind the shoes, the people who made them, and the athletes who wore them.
The Sneaker Exchange, was created by Zaid Osman and is where people buy and sell their own footwear. The young entrepreneur's business idea came about after living abroad while growing up. Born in South Africa, he moved to Richmond, Virginia, at four, before moving back to South Africa at 15. Once back in South Africa he was aware the kicks left on the shelves were the very ones which would sell well back in the US. He started buying them and selling them back to the US sneaker freakers. Sneaker Exchange events, also feature live music and the next event is on October 29 in Cape Town, South Africa.. Osman tries to support South African sneaker culture through his store Lost Property. Started in his parent's house in 2010, before Sneaker Exchange, it started as the hub for sourcing limited edition products for customers in South Africa.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Nike is releasing their fully functioning, self-tying shoes at select stores throughout the United States on Nov. 28. 2016. The HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes employ what Nike calls “adaptive fit” technology in order to adjust to the individual wearer’s feet and aside from flashy LED lights they have a relatively simple design.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
In 2010, former design director D'wayne Edwards of Brand Jordan started the Pensole Footwear Design Academy based in Portland, Oregon, offering intensive courses in shoe design taught by people who have worked at companies such as Nike and Adidas. Classes are usually three or four weeks long and cram in what a student might learn over the course of a full college semester. Students learn to do consumer research, study materials, and prototype design. The school invites applications from young people who want to pursue careers in the shoe industry but don't have the basic training to get started. There are 18 places each year with 850 applications.