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Nike Sportswear Designer Nathan VanHook Shares His Top Sneaker Sketches

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Formative stages.

In our era of advanced computing machines, Adobe software, and ubiquitous time spent online, more and more designers are taking their sketching skills strictly to digital. Most notably, Nike designer and industry living legend Tinker Hatfield himself (or if you like your references a little more hip-hop).

This isn’t a story about that. Instead, we get a great glimpse into the analog sketches from Nathan VanHook, a Nike Sportswear Senior Footwear Designer, who worked on a large swath of recent NSW models.

Posted to his personal blog, Nathan includes his pen-to-paper sketches of the Nike Lunar Flow, Manor, Lunar Orbit, Footscape Free, Air Moc 1.5, Footscape Woven Freemotion Chukka, Hachi, Aina and Zoom Meriwether

The coolest aspect to a couple of VanHook’s uploaded presentations? The often stamped stationary he used as a canvas, like Oregon’s Sunriver Resort, which helps serve up the development of the Nike Zoom Meriwether.

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This is a nice display of work. I’m a huge fan of the footscape woven and have a pair of the original 360s and last year’s Bodega edition. Nice to see other designs that evolved from the same mind.

That grey pair in the third from last image (before the Meriweathers) have a forefoot toebox very similar to the old Mac Attacks from 1986. I had two pair as a kid and so wish Nike would do a reissue of those. Nathan? Tinker? Phil?

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