Here I am sharing my design process and drawings of BASF DesignFabrik concept footwear project. However, this product is tail WIP. All samples images below are prototypes. These are the first round samples developed by factory.
The idea of this product is built based on traditional dress shoe silhouette. During the beginning of my footwear design career, I was designing handmade leather footwear, which left a deep love for traditional footwear. I thought it was a perfect opportunity to design a dress footwear concept.
Below are initial concept drawings outline overall aesthetics of this silhouette. I put most design interests at bottom. I want to create a bottom that speaks comfort. I use quiet a bit of line movement to capture the smoothness of entire silhouette since I am trying to break the traditional dress shoe stiffness look and feel.
Upper I want to combine two different materials using juxtaposition to create one unique yet familiar look. TPU knitting yarn is designed by creating interest shapes and gradient to somehow works well with bottom.
Below I narrowed down a final silhouette with couple of different knitting patterns. It turns out the knitting part makes a big difference in the end result.
Here I CAD many color versions to see color possibilities.
The initial technical package is put together, bottom blueprint, specifications, sheet pattern, etc.
Developing prototype samples. The final product is still WIP. There are still many challenges until fully wearable silhouette is accomplished. After the first direct injected PU bottom, there are significant amount of visible air bubble that can’t be controlled. Also the upper PU material is too soft for lasting. TPU knitting yarn has way too much splits. Development is always a challenge when designing a new silhouette, which requires teamwork for all areas in order to accomplish a good looking final product.
Here I am developing another knitted pattern to give a different look. Masking tape the sample.
Please feel free to leave comments and feedback below. I would love to hear from the design community and footwear enthusiasts. To me this is a learning project as well. Since I am independent working on this project, there are many trails and error.