After carrying out market and product research on competitor products and the Spider Elite line, several major trends became apparent.

ARIAPRENE

  • Comfort, breathability, stretch
  • Custom packages

Application: bootie, upper collar

1st - shelf read

Provoking, aggressive, sleek profile

WP MEMBRANE

  • Added value
  • All season

Application: bootie, liner, package

Defining upper design, hero material

FG LEATHER

  • Durability, shine
  • Perceived quality

Application: vamp, touch points, overlays

KEVLAR THREAD

  • Durability, support, longevity

Application: lateral stability, tie-down

Magnum Elite Spider

PU SYNTHETIC LEATHER

  • Lightweight, durability, breathability, elongation

Application: quarter, overlays, tongue

This project called for the update and redesign of a Magnum staple tactical boot, the Elite Spider.


Launched in 2007, the Elite Spider was an instant success. It combined lightweight athleticism with durability and comfort, designed for SWAT teams and Special Forces. Because of this, the Elite Spider became the official boot of the French Gendarmerie.


The Spider Opus needed to build off of the successful characteristics of the Elite Spider, while incorporating new materials and technology and an updated design.


My research and final design helped set the direction for the production design ad final product.

Original profile

objectives: 

  • Look towards alternative markets for inspiration in crossover products
  • achieve lightweight comfort while maintaining durability
  • bold design rooted in purpose

WELDED OVERLAYS

  • Lightweight, breathability, tech, support
  • "Spiderweb" design opportunity

Application: quarter, vamp, collar

Immediate

Comfort

Not Chris, to protect his privacy

Waterproofing

KNEELING

  • Toe pressure
  • Scuffing

Take-Away: Toe cap, forefoot flexibility

Lightweight

Durability Issues

Sole Separation

DYNEEMA WOVEN

  • Lightweight durability
  • Sport inspired

Application: collar, quarter

Touch points

FG Leather Polishable Toe

Quality materials, construction

what is working

Anti-Slip Traction

materials AND TECH

CROSS-LEGGED

  • Ankle pressure
  • Lateral vamp scuff

Take-Away: Protection, durability

SKETCH IDEATION

design inspiration

FINAL DESIGNS

What's not working

Rubber Toe

Pressure Points

550 CORD LACING

  • Durability, military roots
  • Story telling op

Application: lacing

2nd - interaction

Construction, materials, features, branding

Eye-catching outsole

Comfort

Side Zip

Quick Access

TPU Toe

"Traditional Design"

Rubber Toe

design reads

shooting positions

3rd - personal, small details

Story, fit, emotional connection

UTILITY


ARMOUR


LIGHTWEIGHT


STRENGTH


BREATHABLE


FUNCTION


​DURABLE

FG Leather Polishable Toe

Consumer

SZ, WP, features

OTTO AUREK STEFAN

Lacing system

Chris, 34,  former SWAT team member who is now a sheriff with the Tigard Police Dept. Chris has a wife and young daughter and lives in the community that he serves.


Chris is practical and measured, but is quick to break a smile. He has experienced major meth busts, hostage situations and active shooters in his experience as a SWAT member.


I met with Chris in order to gain further insight into his experience as a SWAT member and Sheriff and the demands that each job has for footwear.

CROUCHING

  • Bunching
  • Circulation issues

Take-Away: Flexibility, minimize materials

ARMOURGEL

  • Support, impact protection

Application: ankle, upper impact zones

CORDURA BALLISTIC FABRIC

  • Durability, longevity
  • Lightweight

Application: quarter, tongue