Original Nike Air Foamposite One Patent Drawings

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The Foamposite might be one of the quirkiest sneakers ever created by Nike, and that’s a heady statement in itself considering all the wacky designs and concepts that have been attempted and/or completed in the past. What makes the Foamposite stand out is that the shoe actually starts off as a liquid, and the development process is one of the most painstaking endeavors ever attempted in sneaker design, spearheaded by John Tawney  and Toren Orzeck of Nike APE (now under the Innovation Kitchen umbrella). The shoe also cost a ton to manufacture, which forced Nike to price the shoe at $170, which was quite a chunk of moolah above some of Nike’s priciest sneakers at the time.

Just last week, Sneaker News placed a spotlight on the original Nike Air Foamposite One for our Classics Revisited: Air Foamposite One Week, but today, we’re getting a look at some of earliest stages of Foamposite livelihood – the original patent drawings filed on August 21, 1996; here you get a step by step detailing of the ‘Method of making footwear with a pourable foam’, starting with the basic silhouette build of the shoe to the actual mold of the shoe (reported to have cost three-quarters of a million dollars). Check it out below and let us know if you think the Foamposite is the craziest Nike design ever! via Gary Warnett

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17 comments
Dre from da bay
Dre from da bay

Damn i was about to trade my pewter foams(the only foams i have) this wed for some cement 4s (which i already have) but this article changed my mind a lil bit.

@iamdorkster
@iamdorkster

Damn, Nike new what they were getting into.

tu padre
tu padre

Its crazy when u really think about it, like wut would possess somebody to come up with a design like that at that time? like just looking at the first pic its like wut were they on when making these up? sick shoe nonetheless

cartycarty
cartycarty

Hiphopiop got galaxy foams for $55 AAA quality.. I wonder how many "sneaker heads" that didn't get the limited release gonna buy replicas... its karma cus they were hating on ppl who bought fake jays and hated on the next man. :) do you don't worry about the next man.

Dank
Dank

What's 3/4 of a million dollars to Nike

kha_boogie
kha_boogie

ThIs is cool but i wonder if there is a video of them making a foamposite not today's thou the 90s kind cuz tht had the real foamposite material

@JohnRyker
@JohnRyker

Nice! There's an image of the last (mould) in the book Sole Provider. Loving all the history of Nike's shoe technologies!

newsouth912
newsouth912

Never knew what a shoe mold would look like until now, NICE

YaY
YaY

$170 for foams back in '96. $220 for foams now. wow.

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