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MT: Trail Scape

+ Category:  Shoe Design
+ Date:  January 2015

Objective

Design a hiking shoes that can be used on various trail conditions.
  • Light to rough terrain
  • Dry to wet terrain

Define Problem & Investigation

• Most shoes are designed for specific activities
• Multiple shoes for various hiking activities
   - Hiking boots, Trail shoes, Water shoes
• Injury can occur from a wrong type of shoes
   - Blisters, Fatigue and Muscle cramps

Solutions & Results

• Attachable sole for various terrain
• Waterproof materials
• Aggressive grip and protection

Research:

• Brand strategies
• Styles, types and forms
• Patterns: Nature vs. men made
• Common observation
• The users
• User environment

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Concept Development

• Sole: 
Inner, outer, drainage & guard
• Upper: Form, mesh and lacing
• Pattern: Nature vs. men made 
• Attachable Sole: Locking system
 

Implemented Features


Several features were implemented to address common
issues using hiking shoes.
• Quickly adjustable lacing system
• Formfitting straps
• Stable and flexible platform for protection
• Aggressive tread patterns for easy grip on wet and dry terrain
• Attachable outer sole for more protection
 

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Color & Form Exploration

Rendering: 
Using markers
Modeling: Using white & blue styrofoam

Color Study

Several color schemes were used to explore for color combinations, age and sex gender target.

Study Model

Blue and white styrofoams were used for quick form study for further investigation. 

Refined Study Model

• Inner shoe sole
• Attachable sole 
• Locking mechanism

 

 

Refined inner and outer soles were made based the quick study models. Sole's pattern was modified to give more supports in wheel and toe areas, and flexibility in the arch area. 

The attachable outer sole is designed based on inner shoe's specs. Outer sole attaches onto inner shoe through locking mechanism. 

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MAKING OF UPPER
PROCESS

The challenging part of making an upper shoe as intended designs were using the right materials and achieving the correct form. 
After making a mold and covering it up with a blank material, the design was drawn onto it to make a template. Then, the template was used to cut out the materials to sewed up. After different parts were sewn together, inner sole and the upper mesh were assembled together.
 

Image editing
• Image composition
• Image editing & adjustments

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