A Designer Maker Mentality
I love getting away from my desk and trying stuff out myself. I find rapid prototyping really insightful on a project especially when the brief is more open. Ad- hoc or quick and dirty prototyping is fun, interactive and really interesting.
From foam models to dissecting samples, my methods for testing can vary and sometimes be a bit weird, but I think that is sometimes the best way to figure things out.
Shown here are a couple of ways I have done this in the past. The top image is a midsole shape form study, The middle was an experiment into footbed pressure feedback using an Arduino to show a light array in the upper for feedback. A video of the working model is available here.
And the third image shows me running in a pair of Adidas ZX Flux which I had cut in half to demonstrate how removing the heel from a pair of runners would force running technique change.