On a visit to China, Nike Innovation Kitchen designer Shane Kohatsu noticed pickup basketball games in which players wore mesh running shoes and even hiking boots, sparking the idea for a shoe that blended support, breathability and anti-abrasion properties. Born from that inspiration was the Nike Zoom Hyperfuse, the latest entrant in Nike’s “20 Designs that Changed the Game” retrospective. The Zoom Hyperfuse featured a durable composite material made up of three layers — a base housing the foot, plus mesh for breathability and a tough protective skin all fused together through heat and pressure, resulting in a precise seamless design superior to what could be achieved through traditional cut and sew methods. The construction naturally showcased the innovation itself, with stacked layers and translucent materials creating an altogether new aesthetic. As lead designer Leo Chang noted, “There was something cool about this almost chainmail look — this open, aggressive mesh that you could see through.” Check out more of the revolutionary shoe in the gallery below, along with a video feature about the development of Hyperfuse technology. For more insights on other key designs within Nike’s history, check out our RE-Fresh section.