Adidas has been working for several years to revolutionize the performance of its shoes for athletes and to get the most out of its materials. Now the new FUTURECRAFT.STRUNG shoe has a data-driven design that resulted in a light and minimal shoe for short runners.
In recent years, Adidas has done anything but stay away from creative ways of creating shoes. We̵7;ve seen its 4D midsole shoe, which puts the headlight on 3D printing, along with its Loop shoe, which was made from materials that were 100% recyclable. And now the latest proof of concept model, STRUNG, is an almost waste production process and a smarter, lighter and more responsive fit.
The upper part of STRUNG is woven by a robot, with threads in different colors and flexibility levels to create a precise fit. Stronger red threads are used around the heel, midfoot and toe box to provide support to keep the foot from slipping, while the front uses a softer and more flexible and yellow thread. The shoe’s design with reduced material has an additive manufacturing process that produces almost zero waste production, which means that it is built from the ground up without superfluous fabric, seams, glue or other components being applied.
Adidas’ new manufacturing process winds these individual threads across the midsole in such a way as to create support and strength without adds unnecessary weight. In fact, the STRUNG prototype currently weighs only 7.7 ounces (220 grams). The shoe has a minimized heel designed to reduce weight and a rubber outsole that is specially designed for runners to easily find a better grip during fast runs.
Strung is still just a running prototype and cannot yet be purchased. Adidas seems to be considering creating a series of shoes aimed at different types of athletes, which will be designed specifically to support their feet exactly what their sport requires, and perhaps we will see the first consumer-ready shoes in 2021.