These Adidas kicks are woven from Biosteel fiber, a material designed to replicate spider silk that was developed by a German biotech company. The material is lighter than other synthetic materials and quite strong. It’s also, perhaps most notably, 100-percent naturally biodegradable.
Fittingly unveiled at the Biofabricate conference held at Parson’s School of Design in Manhattan, the concept shoes were born out of the same drive toward increased sustainability that recently gave birth to the limited edition Parley shoes, which were created using 95-percent ocean waste. That line was limited to 7,000 shoes in its first run, with a larger run version arriving next year.
VP James Carnes took to the stage at the event to outline the company’s partnership with biotech company, AMSilk, the latest entry in the Adidas’s forward-looking Futurecraft line. “In Germany, the idea of organic food is a bit of a mystery, so the idea of being environmentally friends and sustainable is also natural,” the executive told the crowd. “We thought we needed to do something that has a great impact on the world.”