We've run an interview with Sean McDowell here before (back in summer 2008), but who would have thought Lunarlon would be embraced like it was? Nike Free turning ten has made us feel elderly and the current brace of flagship flexible footwear bearing those siped soles showcases some of the most significant changes to the patterning in a while and gives some of the more anonymous instalments (while we loved Free 3.0 in 2007 when it debuted, we found subsequent closer to barefoot designs to lack their own identity) from past years their own character. And the biggest change over the Nike Free decade? People are actually running in their shoes, creating a new kind of crossover. Back in 2004, we were all more preoccupied with shoes from 1985 and 1987, (and on the hype side of things, unless it has a Supreme or HTM co-sign, not a lot changes) because of a drought of genuinely different running designs. Salutes to the Mayfly and Storm Beacon though. Sean McDowell is Vice President and Creative Director for Nike Running and from previous encounters, he's happy to chat enthusiastically about some cult classics as well as the future of footwear. Sean started at Nike in the late 1990s and gave us the polarising greatness of the Air Kukini cross training design (and if you followed this site from its Spine Magazine early days — shouts to Chris Aylen — you'll know that the Kukini is important to CT), the aforementioned Mayfly and, in case you don't mess with those classics — the Air Max TN. And if you don't at least respect the Air Max Plus, we feel bad for you.We caught up with Sean again for the London launch of Nike Free a week or so ago (hence the marathon/Mo mention), but we also dropped a few outtakes from an interview last summer at the end, because we know there's a few more trivia junkies out there who like to hear how some of these things came to be.Sean, how much do you consider trend level at design? Is how a shoe is going to look with jeans part...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 23 April 2014

The thing about Nike Air Max is that Nike went so ham with the concept that there were bound to be casualties. Even today, the emphasis is based upon the same old models….zzzzzzzz. Sorry, we dozed off a little there. Do you want to see another AM1 top ten? Or hear the Pompidou story again and again? And who told the 180 that it was allowed to be an Air Max? The Big Window is the only 1991 Max we answer to...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 26 March 2014

With shoes, you know the model name, you might know the colourway and you know the athlete (though the non yankophiles out there might struggle sometimes), but the designer might be a mystery to the uninitiated. Who would be nerdy enough to know a designer's name? Well, we do, but that's our job. There's loads of masterminds out there worthy of calling out - Ken Link, Tracy...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 11 March 2014

If you don’t respect the adidas Stan Smith, then we don’t respect you — it’s that simple. We throw classic and icon around a little too loosely, but the 1964 Robert Haillet that bore Stan’s face from 1971 is perfect and if you can’t pull them off, then it might be your problem and not Mr. Smith’s. Since this shoe’s debut...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 13 January 2014


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