Athletes are seen as superheroes to aspiring young athletes around the globe. With this, I drew inspiration from Marvel’s Black Panther because of his cultural influence and suit design. Panthers have melanism which gives the observer a silky reflective look rather than spotted from a distance. Integrating melanism, the track spike is reflective so the athlete can shine in a different light with customizable text. Diving into biomimicry, the spike will incorporate the honeycomb structure on the sole of the shoe for a stronger 3D printed sole.
Early sketch iterations give a look at the design process with the emphasis on technology and patterns. I examined the Black Panthers suits and design motifs which has an influence on African tribal patterns such as the Kente cloths from Ghana. Additionally, I reviewed other sports shoes such as soccer and baseball to look at the shoe tying mechanisms.