IV I VI
COLLECTION

December 2016
Personal project with initial direction from D'Wayne Edwards
#footwear design
#material design
#product line ideation
#sketching

In this personal project, I was given the initial direction of taking one of my past designs and adapting it into a family of products – high, low, and mid – with a new midsole and the incorporation of leather blended along with the original knit. And also to add a touch of hometown flavour.
MATERIAL INSPIRATION

IDEATION

THE HIGH

A high-top casual sneaker with a knit and leather upper.
The heel features a sleeve-like form which expands the raised exterior ribbing to reveal the mesh below when the wearer puts their foot in.
Juxtaposed with the knit, an asymmetrical leather overlay on the heel has slits that follow the form of the stretch knit and reacts in the same way—giving the leather an unorthodox characteristic.
The medial side of the forefoot incorporates a solid contrasting leather over the knit.
A modern, rounded cupsole grounds the design with a timeless base.

THE LOW

A low-top casual sneaker with a knit and leather upper offers a more relaxed entry into the line.
The heel features a stretch knit pattern which expands the raised exterior ribbing to reveal the mesh below as it conforms to the heel of the wearer.
The stretch knit is framed within leather around the heel.
The forefoot is made of knit with accent stitching running through it in two directions.
The v-shaped front collar incorporates a graphical element which reads IV I VI (416) to reference Toronto.

THE MID

A mid-top fashion sneaker with a knit and leather upper rounds out the trio with a more aggressive form.
The forefoot features a stretch knit pattern which expands the raised exterior ribbing to reveal the mesh below as it conforms to the shape of the wearer’s foot.
Two tones of leather are used on the heel as well as wide-set eyestays along the sides of the foot.