Saturday, June 18, 2016
In his new book Phil Knight tells the story of Nike, from its creation in 1962 until it went public in 1980. It details the story of an MBA graduate with a crazy idea of importing running shoes from Japan to the multi-million dollar company it would become. Knight emerges as an obsessive, driven individual who was not above descending to dubious business tactics when necessary. Surrounded by his core management team, known in frat-boy parlance as "the Buttfaces" he forged ahead where no other Shoe Dog went before. Great read .
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Crosskix have produced a shoe with a difference. Crosskix shoes are made with Ethyl Vinyl Acetate (EVA) in separate components to make them more flexible, resulting in a fit and wear comparable to fabric-made sneakers. Crosskix shoes only weigh 7.5 oz, making them very lightweight and comfortable for multiple uses including leisure, exercise as well as work.
According to the manufacturer Crosskix shoes absorb impact when running, jumping or during high-impact type workouts. They are especially comfortable when worn for long periods of walking or standing and even in and out of the water. Crosskix shoes have special air and water drain holes, keeping feet cool and dry and allowing water to enter the shoes and drain easily without having to take them off. This makes Crosskix the ideal shoes for walking on the beach, at the pool or washing the car. The shoes are made of soft composite foam that is 100% recyclable.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The MKG Hamburg exhibition 'Sneakers. Design for Fast Feet' highlights the cult which surrounds sports shoes with the presentation of around 100 posters and other printed promotion material created by designers and distributed by international agencies. Additionally, sneakers from private collections will be on show. The focus of 'Sneakers' lies not only on shoe design, but the design of a product's 'cool image' developed by creative people of the advertising industry.
According to the organisers of the exhibition, sneakers first attracted widespread attention in 1985 when they became associated with youth and hip-hop culture. In the same year Joschka Fischer wore trainers when he was sworn in as environment minister for the State of Hesse. At the time this earned him the nickname the “tennis shoe minister”.
Sneakers have become a worldwide phenomenon and a vital accessory for the modern city-dweller. Some dozen major brands and hundreds of lesser ones are in competition to find favour with consumers. This struggle is being conducted less and less through price wars and is instead being fought by other means: in the battle for hip design and a cool image. Of course, there are still shoes for particular types of sport but these days a more important market is street shoes, which appear in series, have “names”, and are often only brought out in limited editions, accompanied by elaborate advertising campaigns.
Charting the astonishing rise of the trainer over the last thirty years, the exhibition Sneakers. Design for Fast Feet looks at this seminal piece of footwear, which serves as a fashion statement, providing a splash of colour in our daily lives. As the first major show on the subject in Germany, it examines the phenomenon of sneaker culture from a variety of angles, shedding light on its importance in youth culture, its design, the marketing strategies adopted by its manufacturers, and the collector scene. There are a total of around 250 exhibits on display, including some 120 pairs of shoes – historic examples worn by famous sports stars, constituting a selection of prized items from private collections.
The exhibition Sneakers. Design for Fast Feet is produced in cooperation with numerous collectors, who are often loath to part with their most treasured pieces. Many of the posters and large-format prints on show were donated to the MKG by designers and agencies for the purposes of the exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe until August 28, 2016 .
Friday, May 13, 2016
easyJet, European budget airline have introduced 'Sneakairs’ for their customers. The new age wearable technology in the form of a sneaker with embedded sensors which vibrate to tell people which way to turn when walking around unfamiliar places. The sensors are connected to a user's smartphone via Bluetooth which in turn relays GPS data back to the shoes. The hope is “Sneakairs” will be available for on board purpose in the near future.