Adidas has finally announced the official release of the Futurecraft 4D, the world’s first high performance running shoe featuring midsoles crafted with light and oxygen using Digital Light Synthesis.
First unveiled in April 2017 as a proof of concept in limited numbers for friends and family, the Adidas Futurecraft 4D will launch on January 18th in the New York City area, paying tribute to the city where the partnership with CARBON was first announced, through Consortium retailers KITH, Packer, and SNS.
According to Adidas, the Futurecraft 4D midsole is a single component featuring precisely engineered zones that addresses different needs of running such as propulsion, cushioning, stability, and comfort. The midsole comprises of over 20,000 struts that can be individually tuned to provide more control on energy return required for a specific function. These struts make up three key performance zones:
- Heel Zone: Lattice geometry designed to optimized cushioning and absorb first heel impact.
- Transition Zone: Seamless bridge design provides smoother heel to toe transition, with sidewalls supporting and guiding runner through gait cycle.
- Forefoot Zone: Structure designed to propel runner forward.
In addition, the midsoles unique open structure allows the runner for enhanced breathability underfoot. Primeknit upper adds seamless comfort through a sock-like fit and engineered ventilation zones, while Continental outsoles provide optimal grip.