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Why you need the adidas x Stella McCartney 3D printed vegan shoe

Posted: 11 April 2019 10:15 am

Adidas Stella McCartney 3D printed vegan shoe Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

The adidas Alphaedge 4D by Stella McCartney is the must-have sustainable shoe of the season.

Sneakers were once just something we wore on our feet. But now, the world is changing. Nike curated the self-lacing shoe and PUMA developed the Fit Intelligence sneaker.

It's hard for new technology to meet the standards of sustainability but it has been done ladies and gents. Once again, adidas has collaborated with Stella McCartney, but this time it's not sustainable activewear. The adidas Alphaedge 4D by Stella McCartney is a 3D printed shoe that also ticks the boxes for being vegan and sustainable. It's safe to say we are fairly impressed.

The Alphaedge 4D was designed by Stella McCartney and the 3D printing was completed by an innovative company called Carbon. The technology used is called Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP), where the midsole structure is printed to provide support and control, especially when running. The technology actually analyses running data to ensure the shoe conforms to a runner's foot as best as possible. The result? It will work with the wearer, instead of against them.

This idea is not new to adidas as the sportswear giant has actually used Carbon previously. This is why the decision was made to use the 3D technology to complement Stella's belief in sustainable fashion. Together, the two tick all the boxes for the potential future of fashion. All vegan materials were used in the making of the shoe, which means it can be loved by a wider variety of people.

What does the sneaker look like? Well, it's based on a simple sock style. It has an off-white midsole, black mesh on the upper part of the shoe and the "Stella McCartney" logo is branded on the top. Inside the throat of the shoe, there is a sock-like liner which means the shoes are super on-trend. So, you can be sustainable and look good while doing so. Now, there is no excuse!

This sneaker in particular is targeted towards women, but we doubt there won't be a men's style coming in the near future.

When and where you can shop the adidas Alphaedge 4D by Stella McCartney

It turns out you are going to be able to get your hands on the sneaker really, really soon. It's expected to go live on adidas and selected stockists later this month. Rumours circulating have chosen 14 April as the launch date, which means it will be 15 April for us Aussies.

And how much will they cost? When we think of a sneaker with this much technology, we can't help but associate it with a high price tag. However, these will be more affordable than your average pair of adidas x YEEZY Boost. The adidas Alphaedge 4D by Stella McCartney will retail for approximately $700, but the price isn't set in stone just yet.

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