words & images_Nick DePaula
For the third year in a row, the Nike Future Sole Design Competition has grown exponentially, as each year the depth of talent and the sheer amount of participants continually rises. In just a year, the total number of participants nearly doubled, going from 12,500 last year to 22,000 entries this year. Last night marked the 2010 Future Sole Finals for both the collegiate and high school categories, and both Eastbay and Sole Collector were on hand to guest judge each final presentation up close and in person.
With the eight immensely skilled finalists presenting their concept, inspiration and backstory in a 10-minute window inside the Stanford Auditorium at the Nike World Headquarters, only four could be crowned winners, and we’re happy to officially announce this year’s 2010 Future Sole Grand Prize Winners and share their winning designs.
Stay tuned for a full recap of each finalist’s detailed final presentation, first-person experiences from the winners, as well as exclusive shots of both their storyboards and Z-Corp 3D samples.
Nike N7 College Grand Prize Winner – Neil Zemba [with mentor Wilson Smith III]
Jordan College Grand Prize Winner – Christopher Dixon
Jordan High School Grand Prize Winner – Allen Largin
Nike SB High School Grand Prize Winner – Josh Mann