Two years ago, adidas launched its 4D sneakers as part of the FUTURECRAFT tech space. Today, adidas Running announced the next step in 3D printed innovation with the adidas 4DFWD.
For the last straw, the focus has been on developing a data-driven shoe designed to move runners forward. The adidas 4DFWD combines years of athlete data, along with 4D technology, resulting in a unique running experience for wearers.
The 4D trellis midsole is the result of the work of the past four years through its partnership with Carbon. adidas has combined the partnership with athlete data with Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology. The result is the creation of an accurately 3D printed midsole. This makes the adidas 4DFWD one of the first shoes to offer the ability to adjust midsoles for specific movement patterns. It enables more precise performance for athletes with every stride.
The technology goes beyond what you see on the surface. The 4DFWD truss structure has been identified from 5 million possible options. On top of that, it’s made from 39% bio-based materials. The bow tie shaped FWD CELL has been specially designed to compress forward during a down impact. It allows carriers to continue their momentum.
The updated 4DFWD, compared to previous 4D midsoles, has increased forward movement up to three times, thanks to this movement. It also reduces the braking force of the athlete’s beak by an average of 15%. The updated performance provides improved economy over previous 4D and Ultraboost midsoles under lab conditions.
Beyond the new 4D trellis of the 4DFWD, adidas completes the shoe with its Primeknit upper. As with other recent running shoes, it is made from recycled polyester, which offers a premium lightweight upper with its sock-like fit. This gives runners the most support and comfort they need when they hit the road or the treadmill.
Rocking down the shoe, the rubber outsole works in harmony with the 4DFWD midsole. This allows for superior traction. In terms of technicality, the shoe has a stack height of 11.3mm, a forefoot stack height of 21.2mm, and a rearfoot stack height of 32.5mm.
Another part of the redesign has been the effort to reduce the weight of the shoe. Each 4DFWD shoe weighs approximately 333g for a size 8.5UK.
the adidas 4DFWD will be available in three colors at launch. This also includes a special drop from the Tokyo collection. It is expected to be the main podium shoe for athletes at the Tokyo Olympics later this year.