It was only last year when Adidas unveiled its first 3D-printed show concept. Nevertheless, this German sportswear genius is going fast with its “Futurecraft project”, which is a collection of groundbreaking footwear encompassing biodegradable sneakers. ‘Adidas 3D Runner’ is the newest in this line having a 3D-printed midsole and heel tab. Primeknit makes up most of the rest of the silhouette which is the same material that was spent on Three-Stripe models like the Yeezy and Ultra Boost.
A couple of days ago, the people in New York City, London and Tokyo were made available with this sleek, all-black shoe for $333. However, it was a limited-edition release. Well, it has not been revealed by Adidas that how many pairs were up for sale exactly, nonetheless they are so scarce that the only way to get hands on them now is via eBay or another reseller platform for anywhere between $4,500 and $6,000.
Edgar Alvarez, an admirer of technology, football and sneakers, said after having the chance to wear 3D Runner:
“I had the chance to try out the 3D Runner and came away fairly impressed, mostly because the shoes were much more comfortable to wear than I expected. I assumed the 3D-printed midsole would make them feel stiff as I walked or took some running strides, but this wasn’t the case. The day I tested the sneakers I happened to be wearing an Adidas pair of Ultra Boosts — which, if you own one, you know it’s like having your feet rest on a pillow — and I didn’t get the impression the 3D Runners were much different. The extra-thick insole probably has something to do with that. I did notice the 3D-printed model was much lighter, though, which was likely thanks to the plastic materials used across the midsole.”
According to Adidas, its 3D Runners have been crafted to be a performance shoe first and foremost, so they can be treated like any other pair. In addition to this, Nike is also working to drive home a similar point with “the self-lacing HyperAdapt 1.0”. In short, there is no need to let the technology hold you back from putting these through regular wear and tear.