Adidas 3D printed shoe went on sale this week

Adidas' 3D printed shoe went on sale this week

German sportswear giant Adidas has made its 3D printed running shoe available to the general public in limited-edition form for the first time. 

The shoe, which features a black Primeknit upper and a midsole made from 3D-printed materials, marks the next stage in the development of Adidas's Futurecraft trainer concept unveiled last year. 

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Designed to take the running shoe standard to the next level, and developed in conjunction with 3D specialist Materialise, the 'Futurecraft series' initiative is aimed at driving innovation across all elements of production. 

Shoppers wanting to get hold of the shoe had to reserve a pair via the brand's 'Confirmed' app, with pricing set at US$333. They were then able to collect them from the company's New York flagship store on Wednesady (14 December) or stores in London and Tokyo yesterday (15 December). 

A number of the shoes, however, have already been placed on ebay, with prices reaching up to GBP4,500.

Also last year, Adidas revealed a concept shoe that included a 3D-printed midsole made from reclaimed ocean waste as part of a collaboration with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans.

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