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CREEKO

Student project / Performance Footwear

*Not an actual product for HOKA ONE ONE

Creeko

Trail running shoes designed to provide a stable and safe creek crossing experience.

Duration

2019 Summer, 14 weeks

Software

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PROJECT BRIEF

Design an equipment piece for user in Eaton Canyon.

EATON CANYON

Eaton Canyon is a trail located in Pasadena. I focused on the Eaton Canyon waterfall trial, which has a waterfall at the end.

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MULTIPLE TERRAINS

The first half of the trail is easy for most hikers. The second half of it is more challenging. Hikers need to cross the creek multiple times to get to the waterfall.

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Dirt Road

The soft dirt road has small rocks along the road. Wide enough for a few people walking at a time.

Rugged Slope

Some parts of the slope are narrow and have sand on the surface that makes

it slippery.

Rocky Creek
Creek rocks and branches allow people to walk across the creek without stepping in the water.

INTERVIEWS

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Weekend hiker + Weak knees !!!

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" Wet shoes and socks are uncomfortable,

and they hurt my feet. "

" Be careful when you cross the creek! You can get hurt easily if you don’t have good gear. "

INSIGHT

from research & interview

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Eaton Canyon has a lot of rugged surfaces along the trail, but a lot of hikers wear normal running shoes, which don't provide enough stability and protection.

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Many hikers utilize the creek rocks and branches to cross the creek because they don't want to get their feet wet. However, they don't have proper shoes to provide grip on slippery surfaces.

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Hiking with wet shoes and socks is not ideal for hikers as it will hurt their feet, and even got affected since there are bacteria in the creek. They need shoes that keep their feet dry along the trail.

BAREFOOT EXPERIENCE

Stepping on the creek rocks with my barefoot allows me to study how the biomechanism of my feet react to the surface.

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1. Midfoot
Wrapping around the shape

2. Toes
Gripping on the rock

3. Forefoot
Landing on smaller rocks

IDEATIONS & HACKING MOCK-UPS

Flexible sole

The thin sole is flexible for my feet to naturally wrap on rocks,

but It's lacking of protection when walking on any rugged surface.

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^ Tread with flexible sole

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Concaved Sole

The concave surface at the bottom provides more stability on rocks.

It works like a suction cup and increases the contact surface between the rocks and the sole.

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^  Small treads at the heel and

    Larger treads at the forefoot

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^ The negative shape provide a

    more stable step on rocks

Transformable upper

The trail can be split into 2 sections, with and without creek crossing.

It is good to have more movement in the first half, and

more water-sealed ability in the second half.

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^ Flipped down (better movement)

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^ Flipped up (better waterproof ability)

SCALE & FEATURE PLACEMENT

After doing the hacking mockups I decided what kind of feature is needed for the design. Sketching on a vacuum-formed shoe last is really helpful for scale, size, and placement of all the parts.

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^ Thick midsole design features from Hoka One One

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^ Thicker midsole provide a deeper concave shape at the bottom

REFINEMENT

Refining some detail, feature placement, as well as material and finishing.

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MATERIALS

​Define materials best fit for the features of the shoes. The tech pack is also used to build the final appearance model.

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CREEKO

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