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CounterKicks Design Competition: Top 10 PEAK Basketball Shoe Concepts And The Winner Is…

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#7) PEAK Basketball Design Concept

Designer: Raka Gemma Maulid

Shoe name: PEAK Elements

Design description: The Design is inspired by the elements, kung-fu and the concept of natural/minimalist running.

The theme “when the lights are off” I describe it as the never ending practice, drills etc. And the concept of kung-fu is to make your self stronger by enduring the pain of training (a bit similar to the concept of natural running) therefore, with the right amount of training in this shoe you will gradually make your feet stronger. This shoe is equipped with an ankle brace that’s integrated with the shoe.

Design feedback by Brett Golliff:

Definitely created an intriguing aesthetic and colorway, it is a very interesting graphic. The functionality is great and I love the way the strap wraps the whole foot. I debate whether if it should have been showcased more? Your story of training the foot while playing basketball is cool and is a good idea but I don’t know if the only way to achieve that is by making a lower midsole. That works in running shoes but would it work in basketball?

Training your foot while you play is kind of given as well because you are using your muscles but for instance barefoot running or minimal running is often used as a way to train for long distance runs, like marathons. Rarely do you see minimalist shoes being used in a marathon, so do you think your concept would be better used as a practice shoe or even a training camp shoe? Something to prepare them for the rigors of the NBA season.

Design feedback by Trung Tran:

The story behind training and strengthening the foot while playing basketball is an interesting idea. It ties in well with the concept of hard work “when the lights are off”, however, it could have been developed more. What besides the lower midsole height reflect that natural motion intent? The outsole looks cool and ties in with his martial arts inspiration, but it’s a full piece of rubber without many segmentations or flexibility. Also the straps and the TPU frame all seem to go against the original foot strengthening and barefoot training intent. Will the foot get much stronger if it’s overly supported and its weaknesses are compensated for?

He could have used the first page to explain his concept more and show a better view of how the strap wraps around the foot and how they work together.

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Great job to all the finalists and congratulations to the winner Brandon!

It was fun to be a judge in this competition and I can’t wait for the next one. It is great to see all the entries and the growth that many designers have had. Good job to everyone how entered.

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Congrats everyone on their hard work. It was a lot of fun participating with you all. And of course congrats to the winner!

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So I take that there isn’t going to be three finalists anymore getting flown to LA, or is just the winner going? Congrats Brandon on the win by the way!

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Congrats to all the finalists and the winner Brandon!
some really sick designs,very impressive!

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thanks, propers and respect to brett and trung for taking time out of their busy schedules to provide us with feedback and insight from where it matters the most…people who are actually in the industry. it’s always cool to see folks like you two, who inspire, guide and encourage those who are trying to break into the field.

more propers and respect to john for giving us an outlet and forum to not only participate in competition, but go the extra mile and get folks like brett and trung to view our work and give us feeback.

congrats not only to the finalists and winner, but to everyone who participated. i would love to see all the entries!

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So much design talent from across the globe, we appreciate everyone who entered this competition! Lots of great new talent who just missed the cut too. Keep staying involved, it’ll pay off. And as I’ve said before, you’re all more than welcome to post a link to your concept if you didn’t make the judges’ top 10. Congrats to each and every person really who made the effort to put together a solid idea and submit a design.

Winners trip to LA is being coordinated directly by PEAK, so they’ll be in touch and we’ll make sure to bring full coverage of the event.

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Congrats to Brandon on the win. Also solid designs from Ventsislav and Christopher Woollett and congrats to everyone who participated.

Thanks to John, Brett and Trung for the time and effort they’ve put into this comp and made it happen :)

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Hello everyone. Melvin here. Big shout out to Counterkicks and Peak for putting the contest together. John Brilliant did a swell job at keep people informed about the contest and answering questions along the way. It is an honor to have Brett Golliff and Trung Tran to take the time out to provide valuable feedback that helps us grow as designers.

There’s awesome work by everyone who made the Top 10 and congrats to Brandon on the winning design! It’s really inspiring to see the different directions that people went in during the creative process, especially with the innovations designed to elevate the player’s game. I’m sure all the people who entered had some sweet concepts and it’d be sick to check those out as well.

Thanks again to everyone who helped put this together!

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Hello, everyone!
First, congrats to everybody who made it, some really nice stuff over here! Thanks also to Brett and Trung for the feedback. Hopefully there will be more comps in the future too! Keep them coming! Ole!

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I’m a little late to the party but I wanted to say thanks to John for putting on another great comp with a great company. Thanks to Brett and Trung for taking time out to help all of us designers get better.

I’m grateful for the win, especially among some really nice entries!

Keep on sketching!

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Hi,
Sorry for the late respond.. Congrats to Brandon who really did an awesome design. Great appreciation to Brett Goliff and Trung Tran for the their time reviewing all of the finalist entries. I’m very greatful to become one of the finalist, it really is a great achievement for me. The review from the judges will help me to develop my skills and design understanding. Just like John B. said, keep staying involved it will pay off. Thanx to CK and Peak for the competition so that we, designer from outside US, can participate and be part of the international footwear design community also get known ^^
Best wishes for CK from Indonesia!!

Thanx to all the people who made this competition!!

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