J&S Enterprises’ JS Shoe has been named a Bronze winner in the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards, conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America. JS Shoes are the first nonathletic three-dimensional knitted shoe. Customers can purchase one shoe at a time to create a completely custom pair.
“We wanted our customers to enjoy the benefits of a customized shoe without the high prices that the large shoe manufacturers have dictated for the shoe industry,” said Xiaoxi Shi, founder and creative director of JS Shoe, based in Los Angeles. “Since most people have a half-size variation between their feet, we felt that it was important to package our shoes individually so that we can offer different sizes for each foot and allow our customers the ability to choose different colors, which they can mix and match.”
JS Shoes is among more than 1,600 design projects from 30-plus countries that competed in IDEA in 2016. Cameron Campbell, jury chair of IDSA, led a team of design experts from June 3 to 6 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., to judge more than 600 finalists. The results — 26 Gold; 47 Silver, and 63 Bronze IDEA winners — spanned a range of 21 categories such as personal accessories; social impact; medical and scientific innovation; transportation; home and garden; office; children’s products, and sporting goods.
The IDEA 2016 winners will be showcased in an exhibit that opens Monday at The Henry Ford Museum, which is also the site of the IDEA 2016 Ceremony and Samsung-sponsored gala on Aug. 17 that coincides with the IDSA International Conference set for Aug. 17 to 20 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center.
J&S Enterprises and JS Shoes, founded in 2014, is a lifestyle brand and product development company specializing in customization and 3-D knitting technology. JS Shoes use knitting machinery that knits in a 3-D method to only produce exactly what is needed for each shoe with no waste.