Adidas Unveils Performance Shoes Made From Synthetic Spider Silk
The Futurecraft Biofabric prototype has an upper made of 100 percent Biosteel fiber
Adidas has unveiled the world’s first performance shoe made using Biosteel fiber, a nature-based, biodegradable fiber developed by the German biotech company AMSilk. It has been used for the upper of the Futurecraft Biofabric prototype, with the material being 15 percent lighter in weight than conventional synthetic fibers and possibly the strongest fully natural material available.
Biosteel fiber is also sustainable, as it is 100 percent biodegradable in a fully natural process. This shoe continues the brand’s journey of sustainable innovation by investing in solutions that leverage science and nature as an integral part of innovation.
The Futurecraft Biofabric was unveiled at the Biofabricate Conference in New York, an annual summit for the emerging world of grown materials. Adidas and AMSilk announced a partnership that will explore the use of Biosteel fiber in performance products on a larger scale.
James Carnes, Vice President of Strategy Creation at Adidas, said in a press release:
“In a year of ground-breaking innovations from adidas, the announcement of our partnership with AMSilk—and the unveiling of the adidas Futurecraft Biofabric shoe—is another step in our commitment to redefining the sports industry. This concept represents premium innovation. By using Biosteel fiber in our products, we have achieved an unrivalled level of sustainability. We are moving beyond closed loop and into an infinite loop—or even no loop at all. This is a pioneering stride forward beyond sustainability into a new territory of bionic innovation.”