Reebok Designs A New Type Of Lightweight Footwear For Astronauts
The shoe company is looking to innovate with the first major update to space footwear in over 50 years
Reebok designed a lightweight boot, the Floatride Space Boot SB-01, which is being tested by astronauts. The company is partnering with the David Clark Company to advance its Floatride Foam technology to create a boot that provides protection and comfort and is extremely lightweight for astronauts.
Weight is a major consideration for space travel, with every single pound on a space craft making a huge difference physically and financially. Older space boots made from rigid leather with firm soles were not integrated into the actual space suit, which is the case with the Floatride Space Boot. Reebok Floatride Foam has introduced three improvements to the space boot: making it a lot lighter and adding comfort and support while boasting an attractive design.
The technology used to create the space boots is also used in Reebok’s Floatride Run sneaker, which launched this past April. The company is currently adapting the new technology for its new Floatride 100g Racer which will have a very light midsole, a mesh upper-sole and a durable outsole. The Racer is set to launch sometime in 2018.