Move over Sous-Vide, there’s a new way to put vacuum packing to creative use. Nike has unveiled a line of thermo-molded shoes without visible seams or stitching. Available just in time for your holiday wish list, the shoes will comprise three of Nike’s most iconic designs: the Air Force 1, Dunk, and Air Max 90. The sportswear giant’s “Vac Tech” technology uses a form of vacuum compression to create a unibody upper that’s said to be both durable and water-resistant. Hot on the LED heels of Marty McFly’s sneakers, the high-tech kicks present a fascinating glimpse into the future of shoe manufacturing.
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The striking result is almost sculptural in appearance while retaining the classic details that make a Nike a Nike. Don’t expect retina-searing colorways, however. The winter lineup comes in sophisticated, grown-up blacks, browns, grays, and navies, with matching shoelaces, tone-on-tone accents, and your choice of white or black soles (stitched, not glued).
Vac Tech shows promise in reducing not only resources but also shoemaking’s sizable chemical burden.
Much like injection molding, which attaches parts of a shoe together with virtually no adhesives, Vac Tech shows promise in reducing not only resources but also shoemaking’s sizable chemical burden. We’d be interested to see how the sneakers hold up under the rigors of an active lifestyle, as well as non-leather options for the critter-lovers among us.
[Via Fast Company]