May 22, 2023
by Sofia de la Cruz
Nike ISPA MindBody: Shoe Iconography Meets Sustainable Mindset
by Sofia de la Cruz
May 22, 2023

The Nike ISPA MindBody has made a lasting impression, and it continues to captivate sneaker enthusiasts with its latest additions in fresh colorways coming soon after the brand’s Milan Design Week ISPAnificio presentation.

Breaking away from the earlier “Zombie-style” colorway, the new iterations bring a sense of optimism just in time for the energetic summer season. One standout option is the “Light Cream/Golden Wheat” version, seamlessly blending with a sunlit summer field and creating a harmonious light camouflage effect. For those seeking an energetic touch, the “White/Black” variant incorporates a hint of “Barely Volt.”

Deeply rooted in the ISPA manifesto—Improvise, Scavenge, Protect, Adapt—the shoe embodies Nike’s unwavering commitment to circularity. Its construction relies on a single cording system with zero glue, ensuring complete disassembly is possible. What’s more, the shoe’s materials are already recycled, further advancing the sustainable approach.

To provide a behind-the-scenes look into their manufacturing process, the ISPA team welcomed guests into a former Milanese bread factory, creating a captivating backdrop. Through a series of workshops, they unveiled the meticulous journey of crafting the MindBody shoe and their other core sneakers.

Shamees Aden, Senior Footwear Designer at ISPA, shared the inspiration behind this immersive experience, saying, “We were inspired by the idea of taking different aspects of house baking, dissecting our design process and showcasing the journey of how we created our universe, design tools and processes. It’s not just about presenting a nice, finished product; it’s about unveiling the entire journey of its creation.”

During these workshops, guests had the opportunity to personalize their own MindBody shoe mock-ups using algae inks and dyes sourced from local food waste, thereby amplifying the sustainability aspect of the event. Delving deeper into the factory, AI tooling was utilized to assist wearers in developing their unique 3D-printed molds for the ISPA Universal shoes. These molds are crafted from bio-based plastic foam derived from sugarcane.

Collaboration lies at the heart of the ISPA team’s vision, as exemplified by their recent partnership with scientists. Together, they explored innovative ways to integrate algae directly into printers, bypassing the need for traditional textiles and petroleum derivatives. This groundbreaking development led to the creation of an ink for the Mindbody, firmly aligning with Nike’s unwavering commitment to sustainability.

Explore the newest iterations of Nike’s ISPA Mindbody in the gallery above. Starting from May 30, these sneakers will be purchasable through the official Nike website as well as select retailers. In other footwear news, Rains and Zellerfeld’s 3D-printed shoe takes its style inspiration from the puffer jacket.