You don’t have to be a sneaker design to know what a sole of a sneaker is. Essentially it’s the bottom part of a shoe, which in most case has a midsole and outsole part. If a shoe upper is for aesthetics, then a shoe bottom is for function.
Shoe soles are made from a variety of different materials, including natural rubber, leather, polyurethane, EVA and PVC compounds, just to name a few. The material used to make the sole depends upon the style and purpose of the shoe.
There are many things to be considered in designing a shoe bottom, which all relate to the ergonomic of a foot, such as comfort, cushion, stability, pressure points, etc. And the actual manufacturing of a sneaker sole is time consuming, financial costly, and labor intense. In order to produce a sneaker sole successfully, there’s a heavy development period. In this article I am introduce the very first sneaker sole development stage, from 2D design drawings to a 3D mockup. This is a stage that skilled technician work closely with a designer on the design and ideation of a sneaker sole.
The mockup is a “red wood” object of a representation of a sole design made with dry mix of Plaster of Paris that is carved out using a series of CNC machine. This mockup seemingly is no where close to the actual final product, but it is so critical that sometimes factories take it less serious. As a designer I consider this mockup the foundation of a building.
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