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Adidas makes its first 3D printed shoe available for purchase this week.
Earlier this week, Adidas announced it will make its 3D technology shoes available to purchase for the first time in a limited-edition release. The 3D Runner will be available for $333 via adidas Confirmed in New York. Sign-ups opened yesterday, and pairs can be picked up tomorrow, Dec. 15 at Adidas NYC, the brand’s new flagship store.
The shoe features an engineered 3D web structure with dense zones in high force areas and less dense zones in the low force areas, allowing for the optimum level of performance. The 3D Runner also features a 3D printed heel counter, which is integrated into the midsole and avoids the typical process of gluing or stitching while providing improved elasticity and support. A black Primeknit upper offers style, fit and performance.
“This is just the beginning,” adds Mikal Peveto, senior director of Adidas’ Future team. “Creating customized shoes based on an individual’s footprint—including their running style, foot shape, performance needs and personal preferences—is a north star for the industry and adidas is leading with cutting edge innovations.”
Adidas unveiled the 3D Runner in August when a select number of its top athletes (including Team GB heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, USA swimmer Allison Schmitt and Colombian BMX cyclist Mariana Pajon) were gifted pairs. A limited number of the shoes will also be made available on Dec. 15 in London and Tokyo.