The Sneaker Lab: Andy Chiu Dissects the adidas 3D Runner

The big homie, and Director at adidas Originals Japan, Andy Chiu occasionally graces us with some knowledge via his “The Sneaker Lab” segment on Hypebeast. His most recent article being a dissection of the #FUTURELAB 3D printed adidas Ultraboost with biodegradable AMSilk uppers.

I actually pointed out some issues I see adidas facing with the release of these shoes a while back (which you can see here), though I want to make it clear I’m massively pro 3D printed sneakers, especially if they’re genuinely a step forward in the footwear industry and not just a publicity stunt that only a hand-full of people will benefit from…(because, well, any brand could do that).

Regardless, these shoes are absolutely stunning, and Andy really breaks them down beautifully. You can see a snippet of the article below, for the full piece, head here.

“The silhouette here is a familiar one as it’s based on the UltraBoost which is undeniably one of the footwear world’s most innovative and highly sought-after shoes of the past few seasons. Everything surrounding this silhouette is easy on the eyes and is rooted in performance. It’s a logical move for adidas to focus on something that represents the pinnacle of adidas performance.

The major difference between the “inline” UltraBOOST is the modified shape to the heel counter. If you look closely at the white version (from an earlier drop) and this black version), the black one has a one-piece midsole and heel counter unit while the previous white one omitted this. There wasn’t really a heel counter.

The next highly innovative part of the shoe aside from the two-piece tooling is the midsole. I’m not a 3D printing expert aside from seeing the figures people make and the guns people have printed, but achieving this level of flexibility all while being durable enough for a commercial shoe is no easy feat. It’s an artwork how the small interconnected webs of the midsole in themselves create a futuristic aesthetic. I’m mad I didn’t come up with such a simple yet pleasing design. I liken it to hearing the “Superthug” beat by N.O.R.E. and wishing it was your own beat.” – Andy Chiu










Photographer: Mandy Kan/HYPEBEAST


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