The adidas Futurecraft Biofabric prototype shoe was unveiled as adidas and AMSilk announced a partnership that will explore the use of Biosteel fiber in performance products on a larger scale. adidas notes that this innovation as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability within the sports textile industry.
The shoe features an upper made from 100 percent Biosteel fiber, a nature-based and completely biodegradable high-performance fiber, developed by the German biotech company AMSilk. The fiber is made of nature-identical silk biopolymers. The companies note the potential of the strength of the material and report the fiber is 15 percent lighter than conventional synthetic fibers.
The adidas Group offers a portfolio of footwear, apparel and hardware for sport and lifestyle around the core brands adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade and Reebok-CCM Hockey. Sustainably produced using a patented biotechnological process, AMSilk high-performance biopolymers have the unique functional properties of the natural product they are based on.