Day 229/366 – Derrick Tan (Senior Product Design student) shares his concept for BBOY/BGIRL sneakers!

Guess what…Derrick Tan is BACK!

He was first featured on Day 138. We first crossed paths at Pensole Footwear Design Academy in Portland, OR during his final presentation. Students were challenged to create a shoe that a given company does not currently have on the market + one that dips into an environment that they currently do not address, but could feasibly branch off into. Derrick’s design instantly caught my eye because it fused SNEAKERS which I fell in love with because of DANCE. Derrick gets it because he’s a dancer too!

So, without further a due…it’s my pleasure to share Derrick’s latest creation with you. After Pensole’s 2-week course, he returned to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA and continued to build on his ideas in a Senior Product Development class. Derrick is proud to say that everything was made by him (no outsourcing) and he can actually wear his own shoe! I’ll let him take it from here…

“Using  Nike+ technology, I created BBoy+. Bboy+ detects speed and counts revolutions made from windmills, flares, etc. It also monitors if you are on beat to the music as well as speed. Everything it monitors gets translated into points that add up and can be uploaded to Facebook, Twitter, etc to show off to your friends or even challenge them. However, if you crash or drag/scrape the floor or are off beat, it subtracts points from your total. It still has the ledge to prevent pants from falling under the heel and causing unexpected injuries, but I lowered it down to an extension in the back of the outsole. The shoe is composed of leather, patent leather and air mesh. Nike air mesh is used for the toe box and tongue for breathability, leather for durability and pop. The added bonus is that the airbag in the outsole lights up. Not in a cheesy manner like a kids shoe (every time you step), but just a simple on/off switch.

For my grad show, I’m building my own mannequin that’s holding a freeze to display my shoes properly and in context. If you’re in the Los Angeles area around Dec. 13th or 15th, I’d love for you to stop by and check out my grad show! Feel free to reply to this post and I will be in touch with details.


[Disclaimer: concept and images below are entirely Derrick’s; they do not reflect the views of Nike]

Thank you very much for sharing, Derrick! I would totally rock these kicks. Keep up the amazing work. 🙂


3 thoughts on “Day 229/366 – Derrick Tan (Senior Product Design student) shares his concept for BBOY/BGIRL sneakers!

  1. Is it possible to get my hands on a sample to these? They’re really awesome and I know some dancers in oklahoma who could try them out!


    Caleb Griffin

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