Basketball sneaker with wires for ultimate support of the foot
The engineering behind this sneaker
The main idea is to use wires with a thin and flat shape, to provide the ultimate support for basketball players.
These wires are made from elastic polymer materials, so that are strong enough to stand the difficult movements —like stutter steps or the “euro‐step” move— but also are flexible enough to allow the foot’s natural suspensions.
The wires are made outside from a flat and thin shaped polymer, with high elasticity; In the middle they contains small stranded wires that control the forces and splits them to specific areas.
Also there is a full inner sleeve that acts as a second layer of support, especially around the ankle area.
With all this in mind, I made first the following sketches.
Later I did experiments with the basic form of the sneaker and with various details on the design.
At the same time, I worked on the wire system to define details; but most important, to design a stable and flexible support of the foot.