If you’re a sneaker geek then you will have heard of the Adidas 3D Runner!
It’s very hard to believe it was only in 2015 when Adidas unveiled it’s first 3D printed trainer concept. However the German sports brand is running fast (no pun intended) with its new project, Adidias Futurecraft.
The latest in its collection of innovative footwear is the Adidas 3D Runner. The 3D Runner features similar design aspects as the one Adidas gifted its medal-winning athletes during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Adidas went on to release a limited run at their Adidas NYC flagship store on 5th Ave for $333 USD (£277)
The construction consists of an Ultra Boost / Yeezy inspired Primeknit woven upper rested upon a completely custom one-piece lattice 3D printed midsole. That there is the highlight which acts as a futuristic cushioning system. The lattice structure of the 3D Runner isn’t solid neither. You can see the ventilated holes throughout, allowing for the material to stretch and flex with each step.
While it may not be as comfortable as Boost, the 3D Runner serves as an exciting and inspiring concept for what the future of sneakers could be – comfortable, innovational and environmentally conscious.
The Adidas 3D Runner 2.0 recently appeared in Asia. The early developments consist of a thicker midsole with a brand new and improved shape. We assume it may no longer depend on the lattice structure while the Ultra Boost’s heel cage is no longer present.
For those who missed the launch in New York, London and Tokyo, you’re most likey to find them on the resell market for hundreds of dollars above its original MSRP (RRP)
Adidas says its 3D Runners are designed to be a performance shoe first and foremost, so they can be treated like any other pair. It seems to us Adidas will continue to develop its brand with 3D printed technology, whilst Nike are trying to drive home the self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0.