Originating from true experimentation, the Nike Foamposite One ranks among the most legendary basketball shoes in the Nike archive. It serves as a prime example that design ideas can spring from unlikely places if you keep your eyes open, a core principle of Nike’s design ethos.
During a meeting in 1997, a molded sunglasses case on the table became an inadvertent source of inspiration for Nike footwear designer Eric Avar.
“We were like, ‘Wow, wouldn’t that be great if we were able to do a shoe like that?’ It was one piece, it was seamless design and it just conformed around the object.”
Made of EVA foam with a fabric cover, the case was lightweight, but its structure and form captivated Avar and team. This inspiration eventually lead to the Nike Foamposite One, a high-performing shoe with a striking appearance that would make its way into sneaker culture history.
Sixteen years after the debut of Avar’s original design, the Nike Foamposite One’s popularity has not waned. Its signature ridges have seen a myriad of colors including the original royal blue, matte black, copper and pink. Now, Nike Sportswear veneers the Nike Foamposite One in the brightest color in the spectrum: white. The monochromatic upper is complemented by a crisp, clear ice-sole.
Source: Nike, Inc.