Winner 2021 / Sports Performance / FOOTBALL/RUGBY

Gravel - A football boot from Ghana

  • University
    Fh Joanneum - Graz
  • Lead Designer
    Ruben Asuo
  • Prize
    Winner in FOOTBALL/RUGBY, Winner in SOCIAL IMPACT, Winner in GRAVITY SKETCH FOOTWEAR, Winner in OTHER SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING PROCESS, Winner in NATURAL MATERIAL/VEGAN FOOTWEAR, Overall winner in SUSTAINABILITY
  • Expertise
    Student

Gravel is a football boot, which was designed for the rough conditions of Ghanaian football pitches. It consists of a hemp-textile upper and a replaceable natural rubber outsole. A lacing system, along the lateral and medial sides as well as stitching in the toe and heel area connect the two. This enables the replacement of the rubber sole without special tools, which is exposed to lots of abrasion.
The foundation of this project is a two week long research trip through the southern part of Ghana. It was documented by means of photographs and it represents most of the research from this thesis

Photo Credit: Ruben Asuo