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Favorite piece of tech you've worked on?
Kids Athens - working on being able to shrink down the tech from an adult shoe to kids sizes and have it still function how it’s supposed to. Not only that, but making sure kids would be able to figure it out and be coordinated enough to do it on their own. One of the most satisfying moments in the process was seeing a three year old try them on for the first time and realizing they had a pair of hands-free shoes and could put them on without any help.
What made you get into engineering?
It all started with a chair. I started designing furniture in high school for AP Art when my teacher asked me “what inspires you?.” I thought it would be really cool to build a chair out of materials you wouldn’t normally build a chair out of and they told me “if you do it - you’ll get an a.” So I made one out of cardboard and duct tape and it was nearly the size of a loveseat - it was huge. When I was finished the chair got accepted into an art show which then led to me getting a scholarship for college where I majored in industrial design and minored in engineering. I loved graphic design too and it felt like industrial design has elements of that as well. I also made shoes in high school in addition to making furniture and had an internship with a Nike shoe designer while I was in college.
Fun Fact: Ali designed the Bahama colorway - one of our best selling colorways
Favorite piece of tech you’ve worked on?
All the tech I’m working on is still a secret - but you’ll be seeing it in the future
How did you get into engineering?
I’ve been drawing shoes since I was 10 years old. I studied mechanical engineering in college and then worked for a military boot company for about two years. I then returned to school to get a masters in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in biomechanics.
What is Biomechanics?
Biomechanics is the engineering and math associated with human movement. I specialized in foot and ankle research which is how I knew I wanted to work on shoes when I graduated. After getting my masters degree my focus in shoes shifted from simply an aesthetic perspective to more of a mechanical perspective. How can I make a shoe that works better with the human foot?
Fun fact: Kirk designed his own shoe which he brought pictures of to show during his interview