Nike - AF1: 30 Years of Force - Lunarlon Sole and Popsicle Mold


In its recap of Air Force 1's 30th Anniversary and the upcoming release of Lunar Force 1, Nike unveiled an interesting aspect in the development of Lunarlon sole unit. While a generation separates the introduction of Nike waffle sole and the recent inclusion of Nike Lunarlon, there was one curious aspect both shared.

A milestone in Nike's annal was how Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman created the first Nike waffle sole when he simply poured rubber onto his waffle iron, much to his wife's dismay. Food preparation was once again a source of insight for the Nike Lunarlon. During its development phase, Nike designers froze Lunarlon molds to stabilized them. In no time, thousands upon thousands of ice cream bar-like foam footprints filled the Nike Innovation Kitchen department. Proving once again that you only need a great idea and countless tinkering to come away with a great invention.