Saturday, August 6, 2016

Michael Phelps : The shoes of a champion

At the Rio Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies, United States flag carrying superstar, Michael Phelps was wearing boat shoes designed by Ralph Lauren, but he will be heading to the pool wearing 3D-printed customized shoes by Under Armour. The sole of the shoe, as well as an outside panel display a 3D-printed image of the footprint of his 3-month old child. The imprint of his infant footprint is there to bring him good fortune in the pool. This personalised model is not available to the public, but plans are afoot (sorry for the pun) to release a new colour for the 3D concept, which falls under its ‘UA Architech’ brand later this month.

The UA Architech trainer was introduced earlier in the year and consisted of a 360-degree performance training shoe featuring a 3D printed midsole and 3D ClutchFit auxetic upper designer. According to the manufacturer, the lightweight shoes have an upper design to enhance fit and sold out in under twenty minutes.

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