To honor the ten-year anniversary of the Zvezdochka, Nike is releasing the shoe in its original five colorways. Designed in collaboration with famed industrial designer Marc Newson, the Zvezdochka is highlighted by a modular design composed of four interlocking, interchangeable parts: the outer cage, the interlocking outsole, the innersleeve and the insole. The breathable perforated cage forms the base for the interlocking parts. Fitting the foot like a second skin, the innersleeve is crafted with flexible and resistant materials to cover the foot and help protect it from the elements. The interior sock liner features a Nike Zoom Air unit in the heel for added cushioning. And the interlocking outsole snaps into the perforated cage to create the foundation of the shoe.

In celebration of the silhouette's 10th anniversary, Mark Parker and Marc Newson recently reflected on the project:

The ZVEZDOCHKA represented an entirely new method of shoe construction. It challenged convention. Why is upending the status quo important in design?

Mark Parker:

Sometimes you need to disrupt and create new models to affect meaningful change. We could not make the ZVEZDOCHKA with traditional cut-and-sew methods of making footwear. But we also didn’t anticipate the original idea would take us in that direction. Sometimes it’s about asking the right questions in the right moment with the right tools in hand.

I like to think there’s always a balance. You don’t always have to start over to create an emotional reaction to your product. It’s always powerful to deliver a breakthrough, but there’s also a true art to making something great even better.

Marc Newson:

For me as a designer, it is vital always to push boundaries—to look to the future and think about how things will be. Otherwise you are irrelevant. For me, design is always about exploring possibilities with new technologies, processes and materials. Often cross-pollinating between industries.

How will the ZVEZDOCHKA continue to influence design, be it at Nike or elsewhere, moving forward? 

Mark Parker:

The principles of the ZVEZDOCHKA have the power to unlock many exciting opportunities at Nike – from customization and modularity to sustainability and manufacturing.

Design is an iterative process. One idea often builds on another. Looking ahead, I’m energized thinking of the opportunities provided by customization and modularity. Of course, in terms of sustainable design, the ZVEZDOCHKA’s influence will continue to be deeply felt. The shoe removed constraints for a sustainable future. This will always be a goal of ours.

Marc Newson:

In general terms, the influence has been and will continue to be more about approaching design problems from a different standpoint. In this case a piece of footwear being seen as a product rather than a garment, both in practical and philosophical terms.

The Nike Zvezdochka will be available online and at select NikeLab locations beginning December 29.

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