Ye Shen's inspiration for the Wacky Pack stemmed from a series of questions about the basic function and design of shoes. Shen asked, "What does it mean to tie a shoe? Why does it need to be tied?" From these questions, Shen began to explore the possibilities of footwear closure, leading to the creation of the Wacky Pack.
The Wacky Pack is not just a shoe; it's an interactive experience. Each shoe in the pack offers a unique way of fastening, creating diverse interactions between the shoe and the user. This design allows for a new level of improvisation and customization, transforming the mundane task of shoe-tying into a meaningful and entertaining activity.
Shen's innovative design was brought to life using veg-tanned leather of various thicknesses and custom-tailored metal hardware. Each design was explored and validated through intensive prototyping to finalize the proportion, soling methods, and most importantly, the closure system design. The result is a collection of shoes that are as functional as they are fashionable.
Shen's Wacky Pack is not just a testament to his innovative design skills, but also a reflection of the changing consumer landscape. With Gen-Z and Millennials becoming the core consumers of fashion and luxury, brands need to offer fresh concepts that engage and excite. The Wacky Pack does just that, offering users the chance to be part of the concept, not just passive consumers.
Shen's Wacky Pack was recognized with the Silver A' Design Award in 2023, a prestigious accolade awarded to designs that demonstrate outstanding expertise and innovation. This recognition is a testament to Shen's commitment to pushing the boundaries of design and his ability to create products that not only meet the needs of today's consumers but also challenge the status quo.
Project Designers: Ye Shen
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Project Team Members: Ye Shen
Project Name: Wacky Pack
Project Client: Ye Shen