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Adidas range of 3D printed shoes grows with new Y-3 RUNNER 4D II

For the first time the midsole will be bone white

TheFuture selection of adidas shoes sporting a 3D printed midsole continues to expand. Coming just a couple of weeks after the recent women version of the AlphaEdge designed by Stella McCartney, the next model to arrive this spring is the Y-3 RUNNER 4D. The Y-3 line of adidas shoes is designed in collaboration with influential Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto.

Yohji’s experimental sneakers have become a go-to for haute couture hobbyists and his unique approach to footwear design has shaped the modern sneaker landscape. In line with this constant search for innovation, the latest model in the Y-3 series presents for the first time a new bone-white midsole (unlike all previous greenish versions), which is crafted with the latest evolution of ADIDAS 4D technology, provided by Carbon.

Inspired by the ALPHAEDGE 4D midsole, this new model evolves the breakthrough properties of ADIDAS 4D and features a wider footbed and a thicker, higher midsole for greater multi-directional stability; higher energy return in specific areas for more powerful bursts of movement. In addition, a new Continental rubber outsole provides improved grip.

This evolution is set to cement the futuristic Y-3 RUNNER 4D II as the vanguard of contemporary sneaker design. In a clever design feat, both layers are connected by a lightweight, ultra-strength cording made of high tensile. A synthesis of form and function, this distinct cording defines the new aesthetic language of the Y-3 RUNNER 4D II and simultaneously provides the shoe’s lacing system. This yields a confident new expression of the ADIDAS 4D vision.


Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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