While contracting with Nike Sportswear's color design team, I noticed the popularity of Nike Free's around campus. When coupled with casual dress or streetwear, the free brought a relaxed, performance look to any outfit. I thought it would be interesting to try to bring a bit more dress to the Free by designing an upper that was mid height and featured leather overlays. The tongue is suede for an unexpected premium hit at a key touchpoint. Small neoprene inserts on the medial side help the shoe flex for great fit.
Design April 2012.