Leo Chang's Zoom Hyperfuse Design Revisions
Go behind the scenes and see just how the Hyperfuse's design lines changed.
words & images_Nick DePaula There's quite a few ways to make revisions during the design process of a sneaker. Or so I'm told. I suck with Illustrator and my raw drawing skills are pretty limited. These guys are pros. While many designers simply edit and re-draw the lines and shapes of their latest project with the help of a computer program, oftentimes you'll still see tape-up sketch revisions. That is, a designer will simply place tape over the upper of a sample, and draw new lines to be updated by the development team during the next round of sampling. While working on the Zoom Hyperfuse, Nike Basketball Designer Leo Chang tweaked the design and structure of the shoe quite a bit. You'll notice the shapes of the mesh ventilation cutaways through the midfoot changed a bit, as did the overall collar foam package and stance. Enjoy an exclusive look at the actual sketch revisions of Leo Chang's Hyperfuse design, hand drawn onto tape atop an earlier sample version. Be sure to check out the final production version at the bottom, and see how many differences and slight changes you can spot between the two. The final production version of the Zoom Hyperfuse, in Columbia Blue/ White: