Cody_Rodriguez wrote:I am mostly looking for a prototype to shoe functionality. Since the shoe I am designing is projected to release in 2024, and a lot of the materials are Nike specific materials (Flyknit, React cushioning etc), I won't actually be able to get my hands on those materials. I think that the tape up method would work pretty well! I might just use simple but similar materials to get the functioning I want to show. I would love to actually create it, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that I would need access to materials I simply can not get right now.
1. Prototyping functionality is going to be near impossible. Even a sample made at a shoe factory is typically tough to test as may not have the correct processes that require expensive molds and materials.
2. The materials you mention are out now. I'd bet there will be something better and newer in 2024. If you are designing for the future why are you limiting yourself to materials that were probably developed 5 years ago?
3. I'd also suggest 3D printing, or learning how to sew (machine) and last by hand. You might be able to at least proto the pattern and test some sort of fit and function outside of the materials and advanced tech.
4. What is the brief for the project? What does your school want you to achieve? I've seen several school projects where the students desire to make a shoe is not a match with what they are supposed to be learning or far surpasses the available time or goals of the project....
..If you'll have your final design in a few weeks, how long have you worked on it? How long is the prototype phase? The project? What process have you gone through in design so far?