The Adidas Futurecraft program has created some of the most innovative design processes in the footwear industry in the past year or so. From using 3D printing and recycled waste from the sea to creating one of one sneakers for the consumer's needs, the program has been nothing short of revolutionary. The latest shoe to come from the project uses an Ultra Boost outsole and pairs it with a familiar upper that's made out of Biosteel and is biodegradable.
The sneakers were made in collaboration with German company AMsilk and replicate natural silk fibers. "The sports shoes which have been developed together with Adidas are the first products worldwide with a high-performance material made of nature-identical silk biopolymers. With this development we are setting new standards regarding the functionality of renewable textiles," says AMSilk CEO Jens Klein in a press release.
"In a year of ground-breaking innovations from Adidas, the announcement of our partnership with AMSilk – and the unveiling of theAadidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe – is another step in our commitment to redefining the sports industry," says Adidas CEO Vice President of Strategy and Creation James Carnes. "This concept represents premium innovation. By using Biosteel® fiber in our products, we have achieved an unrivaled level of sustainability. We are moving beyond closed loop and into an infinite loop – or even no loop at all. This is a pioneering stride forward beyond sustainability into a new territory of bionic innovation."
There's no plan to release this shoes at retail yet, but it's a forward-thinking step in a highly competitive footwear industry.