adidas – AlphaEdge 4D
Stockist: adidas.com While this shoe isn’t a lightweight or racing shoe, it is high performance in that it’s at the very pinnacle of footwear technology and design.
The midsole is a single component which features precisely engineered zones which address the different needs of running, such as propulsion, cushioning, stability, and comfort. The midsole has over 20,000 struts that can be individually tuned to provide more control or energy return. Taking data from an individual’s foot, based on weight, running gait and support requirements, future shoes will be tailor-made specifically for individuals.
The upper features heat-pressed, TPU-coated fibres that are stitched to provide targeted support and lightweight durability. Again this unique design and the manufacturing process can be highly tailored to individual needs.
These technologies will be combined into the footwear manufacturing of the future to create truly unique shoes as specific to the runner’s foot as the athlete themselves.