Nike Men's Kaishi 2.0 SE Running Shoe,
ENVIRONMENT
11/21/2016 04:21 pm ET Updated Nov 22, 2016

The Fabric On These Adidas Shoes Will Decompose In Your Sink

Nike Mens Air Zoom Mariah Flyknit Racer String/Dark/Mushroom Running Shoe 11,
Nike Special Field Boot 6
Adidas
Adidas has unveiled a running shoe that features 100% biodegradable fabric. The Futurecraft Biofabric, pictured, is currently just a prototype.

Adidas has unveiled a new shoe featuring biodegradable fabric that’s designed to break down within hours of its disposal using a water and enzyme solution.

The one catch: the current design appears to be attached to a foam sole ― suggesting that a large portion of the shoe would still end up in a landfill.

Adidas’ Futurecraft Biofabric was presented at last week’s Biofabricate conference in New York. The unique design features a synthetic spider silk called Biosteel that is 100 percent biodegradable, according to the shoemaker.

The sneaker, which touts itself as the first biodegradable shoe of its kind, is currently just a prototype but the company expects it to become a commercial product by next year, Wired reported.

Nike SFB 6
Adidas
The synthetic spider silk called Biosteel is said to be stronger and lighter than traditional fabric used in sneakers. It also requires less energy to manufacture.

NEW NIKE AIR MAX MEN'S ATHLETIC SHOES SIZE 10 WHT/GR/GRN,Nike Men,Nike Kobe Mamba Instinct shoes sz 10 852473 001 ad basketball,

Nike Air Jordan Son Of Mars Cement Grey/ White/ Black/ Red 580603 004 Size 10,Nike Vandal High Supreme Mens Size 10 Shoes Blue Orbit Satin White 318330 400,NIKE AIR JORDAN SON OF MARS LOW BLACK GRAPE cement grey red blue purple Sz 10,

Nike Racing Distance Zoom Matumbo Track Shoes Spikes 835995-413 Men,Air Jordan AJ V 5 Retro Oreo 136027- 035 Size 10 Black Cool Grey White,Nike Air Zoom Flyknit White Florescent Green And Pearl ,

According to Gizmodo, users simply place the shoes in water and add a digestion enzyme called proteinase that will cause the protein-based yarn to decompose within 36 hours.

“This process is 100% natural,” an Adidas spokesperson told the news site. “The shoe would not dissolve if worn in rainy weather conditions, for example, as the presence of proteinase is all important to the process.”

At far as what happens to the sole, an Adidas spokesman stressed to HuffPost that different, more sustainable material “might be taken into consideration” should the shoe go into production.

“Futurecraft Biofabric is a prototype that is meant to show where the industry can go,” Vinti Bhatnagar said in an email Tuesday. “Recycling footwear can be an energy intense process and if we have an upper that doesn’t need to be recycled that helps.”

Bhatnagar also noted that Adidas debuted last December a 3D-printed midsole concept made out of recycled ocean plastic.

This article has been updated with an additional statement from Adidas.

New Nike Lebron XIV 14 Men's Basketball Shoes Gray Silver 852405 007 Size 10
Adidas
Adidas last year announced the creation of this 3D-printed shoe midsole that's made out of recycled ocean plastic.

Today’s current Futurecraft Biofabric shoe prototype otherwise appears to feature Adidas’ Ultra Boost outsole, which according to the company’s website is composed of elastic foam particles called thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU.

OG Air Max Sz 10,Air jordan 1 nu retro lo from 2002 size 10 white navy DS,NIKE Air Max Tavas Black White Black Men's Shoes 705149-009 Sz7.5-13 H,

Nike Roshe Two Casual Shoes Paramount Blue/Wolf Grey/Electro Lime 844656 401,Nike Air Max Invigor Print 749688-004 Grey Green Men's Running Shoes Size 10,Nike Air Pegasus 89 Premium SE men lifestyle casual sneakers NEW grey 857935-002,

NIKE Air Max Vision Men's Running Shoes Navy/White 918230 402 Sz7-13 H,NIKE KOBE AD "COURT PURPLE" 922482-100 MENS SIZE 10,Nike Air Huarache men lifestyle casual sneakers NEW off white barely volt,

Nike Kobe AD Mid Honesty Mamba Mentality Blue Fury Men's Shoes 922482 400 Sz 10
BASF
Adidas' Boost running shoes feature a foam base that's made out of elastic foam particles called thermoplastic polyurethane or TPU.

Beyond this current sole, Adidas presses that this new Biosteel fabric is not just beneficial for the environment, but for athletes too.

The silk is said to be 15 percent lighter than traditional polymer shoes, as well as stronger. The fiber is further described as 100 percent vegan and offering controlled moisture management. It also takes far less energy to manufacture than regular polymer shoes.

“With this development we are setting new standards regarding the functionality of renewable textiles,” Jens Klein, CEO of AMSilk, which produced the silk, said in a statement.

Can’t wait for their release? Adidas also recently unveiled a new line of sneakers that are made from recycled plastic taken from the ocean ― again, the sole appears to be made out of foam.

Nike SB Dunk Low Hemp Orange Size 10
Adidas
Adidas' UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley sneaker is made up of 11 plastic bottles that were retrieved from the Maldives. The design also appears to feature foam soles.

Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra Pure Platinum Black Igloo Men Slip-On 819685-006,Nike PG1 Paul George Size 10 Brand New in Box Pure Platinum Gray Fish Scale,Nike Flex Control II 2 Grey White Black Men Cross Training Trainers 924204-012,

Nike Tanjun Wolf Grey White NSW Mens Running Shoes 812654-010,Nike Lab Zoom Flight 95 sz 10 DS kidd air max force jordan Lebron 1 5 90 sb dunk,Nike Roshe One Black Anthracite 2016 Sail Running Shoes Run White 511881-010,

Men's Nike LunarGlide 7 Knitted Upper Run Casual Shoes Sneakers Trainers US 10,Nike Hyperdunk 2015 Think Pink Breast Cancer Basketball Shoes Size [749561-606],NEW MENS NIKE LUNAREPIC LOW FLYKNIT 2 RUNNING SHOES 0 00676556222182,

Each pair of the UltraBOOST Uncaged Parley is made up of 11 plastic bottles retrieved from the Maldives by environmental group Parley for the Oceans, according to Adidas.

“The shoes’ laces, heel cap base material, heel webbing, heel lining and the sock-liner cover are also made with recycled materials,” Adidas states in a release. “Its design is inspired by ocean waves, to reflect the shoe’s unique story and adidas and Parley’s commitment to end the cycle of pollution in the oceans.”

The shoes are slated for release sometime this month.

This story has been updated with a comment from an Adidas spokesman.

BEFORE YOU GO

PHOTO GALLERY
Garbage In The Pacific Ocean
CONVERSATIONS