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Adidas puts its best foot forward with lighter, stronger, biodegradable shoes

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Adidas says that Futurecraft Biofabric could potentially become the strongest fully natural material in the world
Adidas says that Futurecraft Biofabric could potentially become the strongest fully natural material in the world
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The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric promises better performance than conventional materials
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The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric promises better performance than conventional materials
The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoes are lighter than shoes made of conventional materials
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The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoes are lighter than shoes made of conventional materials
The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric was launched in New York
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The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric was launched in New York
The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shares its shape with regular Adidas boost shoes
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The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shares its shape with regular Adidas boost shoes
Adidas says that Futurecraft Biofabric could potentially become the strongest fully natural material in the world
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Adidas says that Futurecraft Biofabric could potentially become the strongest fully natural material in the world

Adidas is no stranger to experimenting with alternative materials and manufacturing techniques, such as shoes made of recycled ocean plastic and 3D printed runners. These have now been joined by the new Futurecraft Biofabric, made of a new biodegradable material called Biosteel.

According the AMSilk, the German firm behind Biosteel, the fiber is more than just a clean, green alternative to conventional polymers. Made up of silk biopolymers, it's completely biodegradable, which cuts down on pollution and reduces the shoes' environmental footprint long after they've been thrown out.

While they are in use, Adidas says the Futurecraft Biofabric shoes should offer a handy performance benefit over running shoes made of conventional materials. According to the company, the Biofabric could potentially become the strongest fully natural material in the world, and it's around 15 percent lighter than conventional synthetic materials, too.

Consumers benefit from both those changes in the long run, whether they're concerned about the environment or not, saving energy thanks to the light weight, and money because they're more resistant to rips and tears.

The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shares its shape with regular Adidas boost shoes
The Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shares its shape with regular Adidas boost shoes

"This concept represents premium innovation," says James Carnes, Vice President of Strategic Creation at Adidas. "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."

The Futurecraft Biofabric shoes were unveiled at the Biofabricate Conference in New York recently and, at the moment, there's no word on whether Adidas has production plans.

Source: Adidas

5 comments
Bongo
Only one problem they are the most ugly sports shoes on the planet,not that I wear them, I'll leave that for teen thugs in tracksuits, the biggest buyers of sports wear and who do not give a monkeys about the planet.
Mark Salamon
I'd love to try a pair of these shoes, if they are ever produced. Contrary to "Bongo's" assertions, I am a 60-year-old man who does a considerable amount of walking, I do not think the shoes are "ugly", I am not a "teen thug in a tracksuit", and I certainly do care about the impact I have on the planet.
Douglas Bennett Rogers
I have some breathable bottom Merrills that are worn out. They were $30 at DSW. Wish I could find something like this again. Leather sole shoes are somewhat permeable but are hard. Running shoes are generally very sweaty.
Dan Parker
As long as they don't biodegrade on me while I'm out for a walk in the rain.
Cody Blank
Outsole, Midsole, and glue won't be breaking down any time soon.