Adidas has just recently unveiled a new shoe, which is unorthodox and eco-friendly and this latest shoe release is definitely one that deserves some attention. Futurecraft Biofabric is the newest eco-friendly shoes launched by Adidas and it is made out of synthetic spider silk.
Futurecraft Biofabric is the newest kicks from Adidas using Biosteel fiber. This technology was developed by AMSilk, which is a biotech company based in Munich, Germany. It was first unveiled on November 17, 2016, in New York City during a Bio fabricate Conference. It is the second venture of the company towards eco-friendly and biodegradable products after their Adidas Ultraboost Uncaged Parley, which is made out of plastic bottles.
According to a news posted by Adidas on their official website, the material has a "unique combination of properties that will help improve athletic performance". The synthetic spider silk that will be on Futurecraft Biofabric is 15 percent lighter than most conventional synthetic fibers and quite durable as well. As a matter of fact, the shoemaker claims that it will be the "strongest fully natural material available."
The Biosteel fiber is completely biodegradable making it an environment-friendly shoe. According to a report by Gizmodo, the shoe can be placed in water and mixed with a high amount of protease, which is a digestion enzyme that can cause the shoe's protein based yarn to completely dissolve within 36 hours. The process is said to be completely natural, according to an Adidas spokesperson, which is written on their site.
While this is definitely great news for people who love to help out the environment in any way they can, there is only one catch to this, the shoes still use soft foam soles. This means the soles will still be intact even if all of the fiber has been dissolved. For now, however, the shoes are still prototypes and there is no word yet on how much they will cost and when they will be put into production.