The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe was unveiled at the Biofabricate Conference Parsons School of Design in New York, recently. adidas and AMSilk have got together to explore the use of Biosteel® fibres in performance products like lightweight shoes.
The German based, AMSilk GmbH supplies synthetic silk biopolymers using a patented biotechnological process, The organic high-performance material can be used in multiple ways, including in medical or technical products as well as cosmetic ingredients.
The protoype adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe has an upper made entirely from 100% Biosteel® fibres. The woven upper is high performance for sport, and biodegradable. The lighter shoes (15% less heavy than conventional synthetic fibres) are extremely strong and resist tensile stress, making them ideal for sport. The shoes are still in the development stage but no doubt will in some form be available in the near future.