So, exactly how did ARKK's crack team of sneaker designers take inspiration from the Circle Bridge in developing the all new Velcalite CM H-X1? ARKK sneaker designer Mette Engelbrecht explains, "Cirkelbroen is such an atypical take on the idea of the pedestrian bridge and that really connects with ARKK's design DNA. Also, there is a really graphic quality to the the bridge's cables, which, when combined with the circular platforms, creates a harmonious synergy and a feeling of suspended weightlessness. That's exactly what we wanted with the design of the Velcalite. We knew we could make a lightweight sneaker, but we also wanted it to look light as well, which can actually be the harder part."
As the design of the Velcalite progressed, Engelbrecht explains, "we decided to merge an athletic sneaker profile with some bold, architectural details that point back to Cirkelbroen. In the Velcalite's design, you can see the criss-crossing pattern of the handrail, the angled suspension cables, and the organic shape of the bridge's support columns."
Built on the Hover-X1 sole unit and constructed with ARKK's breathable, single layer Compiled Mesh upper, the Velcalite took its final shape after months of research and design development and includes inspirational touches from a number of sources, including Copenhagen's Cirkelbroen. But in the end, Engelbrecht explains, "the Velcalite is an everyday shoe, it can really go anywhere, especially in the summertime. For us, it's the perfect mix of technical details, clean lines, and comfort."