Adidas presents its first compostable sneaker

Is spider silk ready to reach the mainstream? Maybe. Sportswear company Adidas seem to be looking in that direction, anyway. Late last year they presented a biofabricated sneaker made from spider silk, at the Biofabricate conference in New York. The shoe was made in collaboration with German company Amsilk, whose product Biosteel is made of synthetic spider silk proteins. The material is biodegradable which means this show could actually be composted, unlike most of the shoes that the company normally sells. And apparently it is both lighter and stronger than synthetic running shoes. Although just a prototype, Adidas hopes to put this shoe on the market by next year. Let’s hope!
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Photo credit: Adidas

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