Adidas launches new 3D-printed running shoe, but you’ll have to race to get them

Hot on the heels of Nike’s HyperAdapt sneaker launch comes another notable limited-edition footwear release, this time from Adidas.

Its 3D-printed Runner shoe marks the next stage of development of the Futurecraft sneaker concept that the company unveiled last year.

But right out of the blocks, we should make it clear that you have about as much chance of bagging a pair as you do of beating Usain Bolt in a 100-meter sprint. But hey, don’t let that stop you trying.


Similar to its “ocean garbage” footwear, the new shoe reflects Adidas’s growing interest in working with emerging technologies. The sportswear giant says the 3D Runner features an “engineered 3D web structure with dense zones in high force areas and less dense zones in the low force areas.” In other words, they should be super-comfy.

You’ll also find a black Primeknit upper and a 3D-printed heel counter built into the midsole that’s designed to offer the wearer greater elasticity, compliancy, and support.

Adidas insists the stylish shoes will “propel you to the optimum level of performance,” though let’s face it, you still won’t be able to outrun Bolt.

Costing $333, wannabe wearers first need to sign up and reserve a pair via Adidas’s Confirmed app [iOS and Android], with collection available from the company’s new flagship store in New York City on Thursday. Adidas stores in London and Tokyo will also have a limited number of pairs available. If you can’t find them, there’s always eBay, though in that case you can expect a sizable markup.

Adidas’s Futurecraft project imagines a time when you’ll be able to enter its store, take a quick jog on a treadmill, and leave with a pair of freshly 3D-printed shoes that fit your feet perfectly. The 3D Runner isn’t that shoe, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robo sidekicks, AC for your bed, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Home Theater

Want to save your favorite film? Here's how to fix a scratched DVD or CD

A scratched edition of your favorite DVD is no good, but our guide will show you how to fix a scratched DVD, whether you prefer to repair it using a smattering of peanut butter or Mr. Clean's Magic Eraser.
Emerging Tech

Cotton and corn! Reebok’s newest sneaker is ‘made from things that grow’

Keen to move away from using oil-based materials to make its footwear, Reebok has turned to cotton and corn for its latest sneaker. No dyes have been used to color the shoes, either, and the packaging is 100 percent recyclable.

The best place to print photos online: Seven top photo labs

Have you been looking around for the best place to print out your favorite photos online? Don't fret, we've pored through dozens of options and narrowed it down to the seven best.

Keep track of your workout intensity with our Fitbit syncing guide

Want to buy a Fitbit tracker or smartwatch but lack technical expertise? All you have to do is pair it with your Apple, Android, or Windows device to have access to its benefits. We compiled a walkthrough for how to sync a Fitbit.

Sleep comfortably under the stars in one of the best tents

An essential piece of gear whether you're camping in your backyard or on a multi-day backpacking trip, here are our picks of the best tents currently on the market from car camping varieties to the best three-person option.
Emerging Tech

This high-tech water gun makes your old Super Soaker look like a fossil

The Spyra One is a next-generation water cannon that shoots single rounds up to 30 feet. It features a sleek design, bright colors, and digital display to show how much ammo is remaining.
Emerging Tech

The Trident scooter promises to propel you through the waves like a boss

Trident is an 'underwater scooter' which lets scuba divers or snorkelers power themselves through the waves at speed of up to 4.3 miles per hour. Here's how you can get your hands on one.
Emerging Tech

Awake’s stunning new electric surfboard promises good surfing even on flat water

Awake Rävik is a stunning new electric carbon surfboard that promises to let you get in a scintillating surf session even when the water is flat and free of waves. We totally want one, like, now.

Take on the forces of nature with one of the best backpacking tents you can buy

Whether you're headed out for the weekend or a thru-hike, these are the best backpacking tents you can buy. A proper backpacking tent allows you to stay comfortable and cozy on beautiful days or when the forces of nature seem to be…

REI slashes prices on tents, backpacks, and gear for its Outlet sale

As we reach some of the last hurrahs on summer, REI is offering steep discounts on its entire REI Outlet inventory. From now until August 13, you can save up to 70 percent on backpacks, tents, jackets and more.

The Mate X folding ebike carries a 55-mile range with an affordable price tag

The Mate X folding ebike promises to deliver a range of up to 55 miles, speeds of 20 mph, and an affordable price point. The bike is already a success on Indiegogo, raising $2.4 million in just a few weeks time.

This waterproof case turns your iPhone into an underwater camera system

The AquaTech AxisGo iPhone case turns Apple's smartphone into an underwater camera system complete with grip handle and an interchangeable lens system, making it easy for divers and snorkelers to capture photos and video.

BioLite's FirePit gives you a smokeless campfire, and it's available now

The new BioLite FirePit uses an innovative design and a built-in fan to create a smoke-free environment for cooking and enjoying a backyard bonfire. The device makes sitting around a fire a much more enjoyable experience.