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Eco-friendly 3D printed Adidas trainer

posted 15 December 2015 at 11:14:32

Sporting goods giant Adidas has unveiled a concept shoe that looks likely to score high in the style, performance and eco-friendly stakes. With an upper that’s made entirely from waste plastic scooped up from the sea, the Ocean Plastic shoe has a 3D printed midsole made from recycled fishing nets. It brings together several Adidas initiatives by using sustainable materials alongside cutting-edge footwear design.

The Ocean Plastic shoe builds on the company’s Futurecraft 3D series of innovative performance footwear that are tailored to the contours of the wearer’s feet. Adidas expects that one day soon, you will be able to walk into one of their stores and have your foot and running style digitally scanned just by running briefly on a treadmill.

The result will be trainer with a 3D printed midsole that is a strong but flexible and fully breathable carbon copy of your footprint, matching its exact contours and pressure points. Strong, durable and lightweight, the latticed midsole layers will provide the cushioning needed for runners to perform at their best.  

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