Props to Space X for launching the Falcon 9 during rush hour! It’s got everyone here in Los Angeles re-interested in science! It’s also the perfect time to talk about this otherworldly footwear design by Flávio Mankiewicz. Inspired by Space X with design cues from NASA, it’s futuristic out-of-this-world style in old-school hightop sneaker style.
The shoe is constructed with prime materials such as a lightweight FG leather, an elastic breathable fabric + Ariaprene pack bootie, and a few transparent TPU film pieces. The midsole is composed of EVA foam while the outsole is made from vulcanized rubber. Two characteristic material pieces spread from toe box to heel – these include a silver fabric with a pattern that resembles insulation sheets used in spacecraft construction as well as a lightweight molded rubber that would revolve the kit and provide structure to the footwear.
As for functionality, the upper is crafted to improve support while the ordinary lacing system has been replaced by a simpler, easier to use and more elegant velcro strap. It also sports an an embossed US charging flag!
Designer: Flávio Markiewicz