ASICS launches 3D printed footwear with the new ACTIBREEZE 3D SANDAL

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Sportswear manufacturer Asics has released its first 3D printed shoe, the new ACTIBREEZE™ 3D SANDAL.

Dubbed the “world’s coolest super sandals”, the slides also mark the company’s debut in the After Performance space, as they are designed to help athletes recover after a period of strenuous exercise.

They are defined by their open lattice structure compatible with 3D printing which allows a high level of air circulation for excellent cooling and excellent breathability. According to Asics’ own data, the design is able to keep temperature and humidity levels in the wearer’s feet lower than any other recovery sandals currently available.

AJ Andrassy, ​​General Manager of Product Management, Performance Running Footwear at Asics, said, “We got the great shoe and the great cleat. Now it’s time for the super sandal. The ACTIBREEZE™ 3D SANDAL represents our belief that innovation in athletic footwear should not be limited to what the athlete wears in competition or training. Through our new After Performance Commitment, we want to continue to explore new ways to further optimize post-race recovery and relaxation for our athletes’ body and mind.

The ASICS ACTIBREEZE 3D SANDAL. Photo via ASICS.

The market for 3D printed shoes

The additively manufactured footwear sector is new, but it exists and it is growing. Leveraging 3D printing for footwear brings many benefits, both in terms of cost and performance. In addition to making prototyping fast and flexible, 3D printing can enable complex lattice-like structures that would otherwise be impossible to manufacture, paving the way for custom lightweight adjustments designed for elasticity and speed.

One of the most recent launches came from fashion designer Heron Preston and 3D-printing shoe startup Zellerfeld, who this month released a new version of their HERON01 sneaker co-designed and printed in 3D. Named Version 0.81, the sneaker now sports an improved collar shape and roomier toe box.

Elsewhere, German designer and architect Stephan Henrich recently took the abstract route and printed a unique shoe based on the feet of mythical creatures. Designed specifically for printing on a Sintratec SLS S2 system, the claw-like shoe will allow wearers to walk in the footsteps of beings such as Bigfoot.

Detail of the ACTIBREEZE trellis structure.  Photo via ASICS.
Detail of the ACTIBREEZE trellis structure. Photo via ASICS.

The ACTIBREEZE™ 3D SANDAL

In the offices of Asics, there is no over-engineering. The latest challenger to the 3D printed shoe scene features a number of special design considerations that seemingly make it the best in class.

The ACTIBREEZE 3D SANDAL is equipped with an extra wide base to provide both structural stability and cushioning for added comfort. In addition, the parametric design geometric structure is specially designed for maximum protection of the foot, while minimizing weight thanks to the material used. It can also easily transform under load to fit the wearer’s foot, but does not sacrifice support. Asics believes that all of these features combine to provide an optimal recovery experience.

Genki Hatano, Senior Researcher at the ASICS Institute of Sport Science (ISS), said: “This sandal is quite different from anything we’ve created before. The successful implementation of this method also brings us closer to an exciting future where a shoe can freely transform its shape to fit exactly the profiles of each athlete.

ACTIBREEZE 3D SANDAL made its debut at the Oregon22 World Championships in Athletics this month, where it was worn by Olympians Valarie Allman, Eiki Takahashi and Mohamed Katir. The slides are available now for $80 retail.

ACTIBREEZE on the feet.  Photo via ASICS.
ACTIBREEZE on the feet. Photo via ASICS.

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Image shown shows the ASICS ACTIBREEZE 3D SANDAL. Photo via ASICS.

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