What orignally started as a Pensole Academy competition, became my own project which I developed further that anticipated. My brief was to design a Sneaker for the future tackling issues that occur with sustainablility during the usual manufacturing process. Issue's such as, the reduction of the glue used to attach the upper to the sole and the material sourced. The idea came from playing with Origami techniques, I hoped to initially create the entire Upper from Cardboard, which was treated to withstand weathering conditions. This would tackle the problems associated when a product has come to the end of it's lifecyce, the Cardboard can be simply removed and recycled. Along the surface of the Cardboard are various scored lines which are build to form small triangle's as shown in the first model. This allows full mobility when the foot moves within the shoe as well as when the entire shoe is moving, just like an upper made from Canvas or Leather.
Further development showed that the shoe made of one piece as an upper, would restrict certain types of movement. Whilst it was ideal and looked aesthetically pleasing, practically it had to change to cope with the technical side. I began to look closer at the different types of cuts, folds and changing the sizes of the gap in between the scored lines in order the get different results from the cardboard.
I began to break up the cardboard and attach seperate components to different parts of the upper. The concept began to develop once I realised the cardboard would be best utilised if I built up on the upper with layers of card, sewn to a sock within the shoe. I went back to the conceptual stage and looked at changing the overall shape of the card upper on top of the sock.
This concept comes with a Neoprene sock where the foot will be, and breaking up the layers and attaching them seperately would allow mobility in the correct areas without wearing down the cardboard surface.
I looked at the technical side to remove the use of glue, by looking at simple fastenings. Originally I considered certain concepts that Ikea use in there furniture, but they proved inpractical, adding to weight and costing. So I looked at snap fitting "poppers". The concept is basic but could prove effective if they acted the same way as pop rivets act, difficult to remove and go unoticed once wearing the Neoprene sock.