Adidas Ultraboost Sneaker Design Reflects Beijing’s “Birds’s Nest” Stadium

Published by , May 30, 2017 12:21 pm

(DesignBoom)  Architecturally-trained designer KXIV’s Adidas Ultraboost sneaker draws upon Herzog and de Meuron’s national “Bird’s Nest” stadium in Beijing. Alongside the bubble-like form of the Adidas UltraBOOST sole, the eye-catching blue color references the Beijing National Aquatics Center, located directly next to the Bird’s Nest in Beijing.
The lacing system designed by KXIV consists of two continuous laces that look around support points along the upper part of the shoe and around its heel. The lock is a 3D-printed double-loop cinch that keeps the laces in place in a very clean manner. along the heel is another lace-lock that keeps the whole network from sliding. the textured skin beneath adds a second layer to the design, exposing the structural lacing that is an abrasive-resistant polyurethane fused to a lycra base. the upper lace layer was lasted and baked at 300 degrees to hold its form in place while still providing the elasticity of the lycra.

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