The new Adidas 3D-printed sole has been created in partnership with Materialise. The Futurecraft soles are flexible, breathable and fit exactly to the contours of the wearer’s feet. These features mean the running shoes will be much more supportive than your average shoe. Whilst still in proto type stages, Adidas hope to use the foot scanning technology in-store. The new soles are the first stage of the Futurecraft initiative; Adidas aim to introduce a series of design innovations within the next six months.
"Futurecraft is our sandbox. It is how we challenge ourselves every day to explore the boundaries of our craft," said creative director Paul Gaudio.
"Driving material and process innovation, bringing the familiar into the future. Marrying the qualities of handcrafting and prototyping with the limitless potential of new manufacturing technologies. Futurecraft is stripped back – fast, raw and real – it is our approach to design," he added.
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