Last week, adidas announced the latest chapter of its ongoing Futurecraft project, the Futurecraft 4D.
The initiative kicked off in late 2015 with a 3D-printed midsole that showed the idea of tailoring a shoe to the specific needs of an individual’s foot. Since then, Futurecraft has ushered in several more concept-proving releases like the made-in-Germany Futurecraft M.F.G., and a collaborative sneaker made from recycled ocean plastic, in partnership with Parley for the Oceans.
The Futurecraft 4D was created in partnership with California-based firm Carbon, who introduced adidas to a technology called digital light synthesis. adidas was able to create over 50 different lattices for the midsole before landing on the current design, pictured above. Carbon’s programmable liquid resin platform uses light to create the shape of the sole, then uses heat to set it, allowing the team to create a print from scratch.
The shoe is set to launch in April in numbers of 500, before a Fall 2017 launch with numbers up to 5,000.