In the latest instalment of the adidas Futurecraft initiative, a new way of creating high performance shoes has been developed by way of the STRUNG sneaker. By combining footwear design, engineering and precise robotics, this could be the new way of running for athletes around the globe. Incorporating past innovations such as the 4D sole, what sets this style apart is how its upper is built.
There isn’t anything new about the knit upper. You just have to look at the ever-popular UltraBOOST sneakers and a myriad of brands who use textile uppers. But look closely and you’ll see why these are particularly special. Using a single layer, 360 degree weave – constructed of over 1,000 threads – robotics create the upper from the midsole to the collar. What’s more, engineers and sneaker specialists can run knitting simulations before building the shoe, ensuring support in high-wear areas and breathability for different runners.
Instead of using horizontal or vertical weaving like past styles, it is optimised for fast runners specifically. The heel, midfoot and toe box are all made purposely stiffer to ensure durability and extra support while the forefoot is created with a more flexible weave. The two pieces are brought together for a cosy and cocoon-like fit.
There is no word on when the Futurecraft STRUNG will be made available to the public as it is still in development. Regardless, stay tuned.