Does Nike have shoes for the minorty? Will it ever have? Ok, I shouldn’t just use Nike, but across the popular shoe companies.
I was shopping for basketball shoes. I have no style in preference, so the main issue if comfort and budget. I went to 2 stores, but left disappointed.
My feet aren’t “normal”. It’s flatter than most people’s feet, so buying shoes for me takes quite a bit of luck. I used to have a pair of Gen 9 Air Jordans. It was worn to the point of disintegration. So when they released the retro version, I didn’t think twice before ordering one.
Some years ago, my mom saw the Pippen “AIR” and thought I’d love it, so she bought it as a gift. Sure I loved its looks and proportion, but it hurt my feet so bad that I just had to resell it ( no refund at that time).
Back to the story. I went to the 2 stores and somehow Nike dominated the basketball section. About 9/10 were Nike, 0.5 Reebok and 0.5 Addidas. I picked the styles I don’t mind that fit my budget. All were rejected as I put them on. Then I went to the more expensive ones, same thing.
So I have to ask you shoe designers, other than performance and style, how often do you actually think abt how the feet feel? How can you justify making consumers pay $50~$150++ for a pair of shoes and then spend another $15 for another pair of inner sole? What exactly is it that you are asking the consumers to pay for? The brand? The look? What else?
Yes I am pissed at this point, because I feel neglected as a consumer.
Yo, remember sometime ago when this forum just started I asked a question on what exactly is the role of a shoe designer? While you didn’t get what I was asking about, I didn’t get my answer either. I guess this is it. The question should be “What’s your involvement in the ergonomics of a shoe design”, and how do you determine what’s the best.
For now, I see shoe designers very close to car design. The main difference being one is a sculpter and the other is a graphics/fashion designer.
Maybe I am posting in the wrong forum, but there isn’t an engineering or ergonomics section here.
While you decide if you wish to respond to this thread, my suggestion is, sell shoes without the inner sole and leave the ergonomic solution to us consumers, then we can all happily buy your designs and have some DIY advantures.
And since when can’t I get a pair of sandals for under $10? Do I have to go to flee market for those?