Adidas has created 3D printed vegan sneakers. After already having a successful collaboration Adidas and Stella McCartney have decided to work together again. Their goal is to produce an innovative 3D printed shoe for women. In the past, they created the world’s first sustainable activewear line made from ocean plastic, with Parley for the Oceans. The companies also worked together on a contemporary version of the Stan Smith sneakers. Both Parley and Stan Smith were successful, so the two companies wanted to approach something new, with vegan-friendly materials. These sneakers are called Adidas Alphaedge 4D and are based on a simple sock style. They were designed by Stella McCartney and 3D printed by the company Carbon.
Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP) technology allows for high-grade materials to be combined with exceptional resolution and finish. Their CLIP technology was used with great success by Adidas and its Futurecraft 4D sneaker line. With the Alphaedge 4D Carbon’s technology was used to 3D print lattice-like midsole structures, which provide superior control and energy return when running. The 3D printed sneakers feature an off-white midsole, black mesh upper and are branded with “Stella McCartney” on the top. They are currently aimed at female consumers, but a version for men is in the making. The Alphaedge 4D x Stella McCartney 3D Printed sneakers are expected to go on sale on April 14th and will retail at £399.95 in the UK.