The 3D Runner goes on sale today at stores in London, New York and Tokyo – marking the first time that Adidas shoes incorporating 3D-printing technology have been available to purchase.
The shoe features many similar elements to the Futurecraft trainers unveiled in 2015, which had 3D-printed soles to mimic runners’ footprints.
The shoes’ midsole is made from a 3D-printed web-like structure, with denser zones in high-force areas and less dense zones in low force areas.
A 3D-printed heel counter, the plastic insert used to reinforce the heel cup of a shoe, is integrated into the midsole – negating the need for glueing or stitching.
The upper of the shoe is made using Adidas’ Primeknit technology, meaning that it is both light and flexible.
The 3D Runner was first unveiled by Adidas in August at the Rio Olympics when a number of athletes, including Team GB heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill and USA swimmer Allison Schmitt, wore them during the medal ceremonies.