Futuristic shoe concepts that we wish Nike and Adidas would already do!
When it comes to cool and innovative shoes, designers leave no stone unturned. Creativity is at an all time high, technology is futuristic, and ergonomics and style quotient are equally important. While most of those inventive sneaker designs are still concepts, that doesn’t stop us from drooling over them! From conceptual electrified Tesla football boots to the concept Adidas Air Jordans, these sneaker models are as futuristic and fashionable as they get. This collection of conceptual shoes will have you begging Nike and Adidas to turn them into reality! Enjoy.
Former designer at Nike and Adidas, Hussain Almossawi found himself asking a question. As a Tesla enthusiast, what if the company, with its resources, creativity and incredibly wealthy CEO, decides to go beyond sports cars and design sportswear instead? The Tesla Concept Football Boots combine Hussain’s love for football and for the Tesla brand into one pair of high-performance and radiant sportswear. The shoes are crisp white, with electroluminescent fabric woven into the sides and back, creating light lines down the side, leading to a shiny, pulsating Tesla logo on the back. In addition, the studs at the base of the shoes also shine, making them exceptional in the dark, but even more so when you dribble with the ball, creating one of the most beautiful light streaks as you run!
Designer Thomas Le decided to embark on the conceptual creation of Adidas Air Jordans. The Adidas Air Jordans sport a very contemporary space-inspired aesthetic, not only taking their hat off the advancements we’ve made with space travel over the past few years, but also somewhat of a nod to the 1996 Jordan Space Jam film. Constructed with the classic Boost outsoles and their sparkling texture, the Adidas Air Jordans outsoles extend to the back of the heel. The lifestyle sneaker also goes for a slip-on design, with elastic ties on either side, as well as a knitted outer body to hug your feet for a secure fit. They’ve been rendered in three colors, so far … astronaut white, space gray, and a coral-white-black combination that looks like a contemporary take on Air Jordans’ original color scheme.
Taking the positioning details of the Adidas Track Spike and Combine Cleat tips, and taking into account the analysis of the wind flow around the foot, Daniel developed the Adidas ONE / 1 concept. The ONE / 1 wraps around your shoe like a second skin but doesn’t look like it. Designed to be made up of interconnected cylindrical channels, the ONE / 1’s design resembles a loosely woven, breathable and efficient mesh. In fact, the cylindrical envelope constitutes the whole of the shoe. It stretches easily, effectively guides air around the foot while minimizing drag, and offers a secure but spring-like quality which increases the performance of the foot and makes it better. The ONE / 1 is also simply amazing. The aesthetic he explores is not only new and unique, it also seems incredibly difficult to replicate.
Say hello to possibly the most bizarre shoe collaboration in history. This pair of Nike Air-Jordans X Crocs collaborative clogs will surely make you feel a lot of things, including hopefully a second calculation. While the idea of shoes co-created by Nike, Jordan, and Crocs might seem absurd at first, honestly, these clogs don’t look so bad. I mean, hey, I would wear them… probably. The shoes feature a distinctive one-piece design that is the archetypal Crocs brand, with a silhouette that also looks familiar. Its details, however, borrow influences directly from the Air Jordan 1, with a perforated toebox and that iconic swoosh that wraps around the back of your foot, becoming the heel strap.
Designer Denis Agarkov’s thought process behind the ICARUS-4 Space Sneaker is straightforward. If we want to send humans into space, shouldn’t we also have a sense of extraplanetary design to match? The ICARUS-4 are conceptual sneakers for weightless lifestyles… Designed for astronauts to offer maximum flexibility during repairs and maintenance, yet cool enough to be a universal fashion statement, the ICARUS-4 are come with a unique aesthetic that is suitable for both a spacewalk and a ramp. You’re looking at a shoe that sports an Ortho-Fabric body (the kind found on EMU suits) and a metal clasp to secure the shoe, with luminescent markers to let you wear the shoe in low conditions. brightness. The most interesting detail, however, is the shoe’s two-piece sole design.
The Surprise 3D shoe was created as a direct conceptualization in 3D CAD software, rather than a sketch first and subsequent construction. The concept shoe features a unibody design with a subtle top-to-bottom gradient, visually creating a separation between the shoe and the outsole, while there is no surface disruption in between. Exploiting the shape of the foot, relying on the bones and muscles inside, the 3D Surprise was conceived as a new-age hiking shoe with a design that is both simple and sophisticated. The shoe features an exaggerated protrusion detail for the ankle bone and a textured sole that’s both industrial and organic.
A designer in Moscow is working on “free-standing” shoes. Inspired by how the chemical reactions in a Venus Flytrap allow it to close its jaws on any unsuspecting prey (remember, plants don’t have muscles or a nervous system), Biomech Sneaker concepts don’t borrow only the idea of tightening on the wearer’s feet but even the aesthetics. Designer Ilyas Darakchiev developed two concept models based on the principle that the shoe wraps around the wearer’s ankle the minute their foot slips, and even continued to create prototypes of how the shoes would actually work. in real life. There are no wires involved, or power supplies like Nike’s HyperAdapt that need charging to lace up (yes, a $ 720 shoe that needs to be charged to be worn).
Carota Design’s Nike automatic lace-up sneaker concepts literally seem to come from the future. With hard shell components and glossy / matte finish contrasts, they don’t look like traditional shoes at all, other than the familiar silhouette, which is certainly a good thing. Designed to emphasize the futuristic aspect of the shoes that secure, the conceptual sneakers come with a red lace that stands out well against the black sneakers. The laces run from the outsole to the front, then to the heel, where they connect to a button-triggered motor. Press the button and the motor tightens the laces, securing the shoe in place. Tap a second time and the laces loosen, allowing you to get your shoe out! A manual ‘shut up and take my money product!
Since 2008, Nike’s Flywire design has continued to evolve, but most have incorporated cables strategically placed under the textile. Rather than hiding this dynamic technology, the Nike Untitled 7 shoe concept highlights it as a main feature of the shoe. The Flywire is stretched and extends through the sole to the upper part of the shoe, much like a suspension bridge. The cables wrap around the top of the foot on the other side of the shoe, securing the foot to the sole and upper. In order not to spoil the delicate balance of the cables, a zipped opening integrated into the interior of the shoe allows easier access while refining the aesthetic.
Not your average shoe customization project, Moscow-based Ilyas Darakchiev managed to completely elevate a pair of Adidas TR7 sneakers by redesigning its outsole to look truly monstrous. Called the project ‘Beton’, Ilyas sought to personalize his pair of sneakers differently. As people paint shoes, change materials, swap parts like laces, the Ilyas project was more additive, if you will. Using plasticine and its associated tools, Ilyas added bulk to the sneaker’s outsole, giving it a thick, eye-catching and aggressive avatar, with shark-tooth inspired detailing at the very base. While the plasticine was primarily intended for a strictly aesthetic proof of concept, I imagine that customizing the outsole, as much as Ilyas pushed it, should be entirely possible with the right set of tools. A resin mold, a rig to hold the shoe securely, and high quality polyurethane and pole!