N7 is inspired by Native American wisdom of the Seven Generations: In every deliberation we must consider the impact of our decisions on the seventh generation.
Your footprint is inevitable. Your responsibility lies in how it affects future generations.
The ultimate goal of N7 is to consider this footprint and to help Native American and Aboriginal youth recognize their proud history and build on it for a triumphant future. With this mission statement I was inspired by the aboriginals ability to utilize the environment around them. Creating a design language around this concept I designed a shoe from the discarded material of another shoe.
Maximize the use of discarded material from pre-existing Nike shoes.
Create individualized shoes to create a sense of personal ownership.
Disassembly of the upper and lower to allow for easy end-of-life recycling.
Starting with the KD V Men's Basketball shoe I deconstructed the KD V and created cut patterns from the disassembled parts. From these cut patterns, I was able to create a map of what material is likely being unused. The KD V is constructed using Hyper-fuse technology which works perfectly with the new shoe because it can be fused together with a minimal amount of seems. Secondly the KD V is designed in many different color-ways allowing for uniqueness among the new shoe colorways.
KD Kid Slider
Minimizing the footprint of future generations.
Upper made from Hyperfuse cut & sew waste form the KD V
Outsole rubber is made from Nike Regrind
KD Kid comes in over 1200 color-ways [5! x (50 KDV color-ways)] the design limited availability of anyone color-way creates a level of ownership not experienced with most production shoes. In hope that the user creates a personal bond with this shoe, hopefully they will take care of it and properly recycle it at the end of its life.