Wednesday, April 26, 2017

UltraBoost sneakers made from 11 plastic bottles

Adidas’s latest project is to make trainers from ocean trash by the end of 2017. Each pair of UltraBoost sneakers will use an average of 11 plastic bottles. In partnership with environmental initiative Parley for the Oceans they released a limited-edition ocean plastic waste sneaker last year. Now they are about to release three new running shoes.

The shoes will not be made entirely out of ocean plastic. Recycled plastic will be mostly applied to the Primeknit portion of the shoe otherwise renewable materials will be used where possible.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Reebok eco-friendly trainer

Later this year, Reebok will release their new eco friendly kicks and like many other companies sensitive to the environment they are determined not to damage the environment. The new range of Reebok sneaker is completely compostable and modelled after the “Classics’’ sneaker. The upper section is made of sustainable organic cotton, while the sole is derived from industrial grown corn. The new sneaker’s eyelets are stitched, rather than made of metal or plastic like some other shoes. According to Reebok the new compostable sneaker will appeal to Millennials and their younger counterparts who favour products and companies that are less damaging to the environment. The new sneaker will be priced comparably to Reebok’s Classics style, which generally ranges in price from $US 59.99 to $US 179.99. Ultimately, the company says that the goal is for the shoe to be the first in a long line of plant-based footwear.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Adidas/Carbon Futurecraft 4D

Adidas teamed up with Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based 3D-printing company to produce a faster print than other 3D printers. Carbon’s process called Digital Light Synthesis, is continuous starting from the bottom whereas older 3D printers, print object, layer by layer from the top down. Carbon’s machines use liquid resin material so the digital light below the printing surface turns the liquid resin into a solid object. Spefications appropriate to the wearer can be customised into Carbon’s 3D printing process which changes the geometry of the lattice to make different areas firmer or softer. After the midsole is printed it’s attached to the top of the shoe, which is made from fabric using traditional manufacturing methods.

Considered to up to 10 times faster the new version is better suited for mass production. Adidas plans on selling 5,000 pairs of limited edition shoes in 2017, with more to follow by the end of 2018.

Lee Ingram :“Sneakerhead in Residence” at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA).

Lee Ingram is a graphic design lecturer at Curtin University and also “Sneakerhead in Residence” at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA). Naturally he collects sneakers and the sneaker freaker has amassed the world’s largest private collection of Asics sneakers. That is, 830 pairs, at an estimated value at about $A 68,000.” Unlike many blue chip clollectors, Lee has worn at least three quarers of his collection but will be sharing 60 prized pairs at the The Rise of Sneaker Culture Ehbition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) ahead of an international exhibition on sneaker culture.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Laundry bage for trainers

A laundry bag that allows you to wash and dry your shoes without having them slam around in the machine