If you’re a sneakers fan, you’ve certainly come across the Nike LeBron X in its final form. If you’re not so familiar in the world of sneakers, then here’s a picture of it just for you.
In the design process of sneakers there is always a lot of tweaking and changing going on. During the early stages of the X’s creation, the Z-Corp 3D printer was a huge help. The printer helped shaping the direction of the design and give a sense of the shoe’s proportions and panels.
Did you ever think 3D printing plays such a major role in the prototyping of shoes?
Some changes were made along the way as per LeBron’s specific feedback on the 3D printed prototypes and some refining by designer Jason Petrie. As for the funky and unique reverse logo placement? That was all a call made specifically by King James, you see in these prototype pictures that Nike let him tape the swoosh where ever he wanted.
Check out the 3D printed prototypes: