Adidas, the German footwear colossus, launches Y-3 RUNNER 4D II to expand its line of Futurecraft 4D footwear designed with the help of Carbon, a Silicon Valley-based 3D printing company that has invented the Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology.
Back in 2017, when the German company launched Futurecraft – an innovative program that looked at how to use 3D printing in the manufacturing of sneakers – to enhance accelerated its production process while reducing waste not many expect it to become such a household name amongst the sneakerheads all over the world.
Adidas’ latest release is the result of its collaboration with Yohji Yamamoto, a Japanese fashion designer, as part of their joint Y-3 fashion label. Called the Y-3 RUNNER 4D II, these limited edition sneakers come as an innovative update, both on materials and design, to the previous Y-3 sneakers.
As with Adidas collaboration with Stella McCartney for their AlphaEdge 4D model, the Y-3 line has ditched the customary ‘Aero Green’ hue of the Futurecraft 4D line, in favour of a more modern white finish, named the ‘bone white’ colour range.
The new 3d printed sneakers follows in the footsteps of previous Futurecraft 4D sneakers which had the midsoles 3D printed with Carbon’s Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP).
This time, the Y-3 RUNNER 4D II has upgraded characteristics on its Futurecraft 4D midsoles compared with ALPHAEDGE 4D sneakers released back in May 2018.
The Y-3 RUNNER 4D II’s midsoles are now thicker and higher to improve multi-directional stability, deliver higher energy return in specific areas of the midsole and controlled energy return from the midsole when running thanks to its lattice structures produced with Carbon’s DLS technology.
The new Y-3 RUNNER 4D II limited-edition sneaker are expected to hit the y-3.com online store and the Y-3 stores in capital cities over the world, on the 2nd of May 2019, for around £500 or 600 USD.