Adidas’s Future division strikes again. The OEM’s innovation unit unveiled a new shoe. It innovates not only by its design, but also by its manufacturing process.
Indeed, the Strung is a running shoe 3d printed and whose weaving is composed of a single fiber placed to the nearest millimeter according to the biometric data collected by the brand.
The composite material used by Adidas is neither woven nor meshed, it is a different process. This is closer to 3D printing in that the designer can decide the shape of each rod and each fiber.
Therefore, the different fibers are entwined to give a final shape which has been defined upstream with the biometric data available to Adidas. The result is a shoe with a fairly futuristic design, but above all it looks like it is made of only one layer and can completely conform to the shape of the foot.
One material all over the shoe
The Strung is the result of many years of work and an impressive amount of data from runners. It was while figuring out how they could use this wealth of information that the team behind Strung turned to a new manufacturing process.
He then had to find a design method capable of integrating this data and removing all the usual components that overload shoes, but which, in return, offer them support, flexibility and stability.
As the process is new, Adidas also had to design the robot capable of creating this shoe but also the software to run it.
One fiber, several properties
The complexity of the Strung comes from the fact that each mesh has its own characteristics and role. Red fibers, for example, are the stiffest. They are placed at the toes and heels. In contrast, the yellow threads are made to add flexibility and are tucked into the forefoot. However, at first glance, nothing distinguishes these two components except their color.
Finally Adidas claims to have designed its Strung with a view to performance, “Every millimeter of the shoe is configured or “coded” “, with care to facilitate movement and performance during fast races.
The Strung is therefore the first model of a new generation of shoes from Adidas. Made from a new type of textile and multiple data, it aims to multiply and adapt to the different sports in which the brand is invested. Adidas has already announced its intention to offer a first commercial version by the end of 2021, or early 2022.