The Future(Craft) is Here From adidas

January 08, 2018

The Future(Craft) is Here From adidas

Leaks and pre-release photos have started appearing on the Futurecraft 4D, the hyped up piece of innovation footwear that adidas has been teasing for the past few months. The new midsole features a more fluid update from the Futurecraft 3D, as well as a changed upper. There is refinement of the initial 3D design - the yarn is stronger and the weave is different, but both still hold true to the original design made cult status by the Ultraboost.

Despite not having a cage, the tighter and stronger knit creates sufficient lateral support as compared with the original Ultraboost Uncaged. The grid structure no longer looks as rigid and flat as the 3D, but now features fluidity, bulbous sections and is muh more contoured to the foot. The thickness of the midsole is maintained along the heel, but narrows along the arch to create stability before widening again at the forefoot for comfort and to align with the biodynamics and gait of the runner (or what will likely be just lifestyle wearers for this one!)

The beauty of the midsole is that while it is a firmer stability shoe, unlike BOOST which shows enormous cushioning and support qualities, the way that the midsole lattice is constructed can control the stifness. The engineer inside us all is drooling.

We are still unsure on pricing, and the number of units is difficult to gauge as the lead time for production is still closely under wraps.

Thus far we have seen:

1) The white 3D version with 100 units
2) Then the 3D black version with 300 units
3) Then the 4D version with another 300 units

In the photo below the differences in the midsole can be seen most clearly. Where there is irregularity and a more curvilinear finish on the 4D (right), the 3D (left) has a strict, rigid lattice in a more yellowed midsole. The shape of the the upper also appears to be more in line with the traditional Ultraboost upper on the 3D compared to a slightly updated version on the 4D for enhanced lateral support.

The question is then about the future of this shoe and how it will fit into the adidas range. Speaking to one of our contacts in the adidas performance development team, this shoe is not seen to be an evolution of BOOST, but rather a companion to complete the family. Where BOOST is renowned for its cushioning and support functionality, the Futurecraft midsole is much tighter, more rigid and firm - the sort of midsole you'd expect for racing and stability. How they stack up from a lifestyle perspective is yet to be seen, but according to adidas - the time for BOOST is still well and truly alive, with new developments to be seen through 2018.

We will see what happens with the upcoming release, rumoured to be on January 18. Keep your eyes peeled on our newsletter for more information on the shoe, pricing and where you can buy it. 

For now - check out our website for all our BOOST related products, including laces, whitening pensand our katakana laces.

 

 


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Sizing Chart

ROWS OF EYELETS

LACE LENGTH RECOMMENDED SNEAKERS
4 OR LESS

Small

(36 inch)

  • adidas Ultraboosts(through the cage)
  • adidas NMDs(both NMD_R1 and NMD_R2)
  • ASICS Gel Lyte III (untied)
  • Puma Tsugi Shinsei

Includes both rope laces and flat laces for Ultraboosts and NMDs

5 - 6

Small

(36 inch)

Untied

-------

Medium

(43 inch)

Tied

  • adidas Ultraboost (tied with OG length or stacking through primeknit)
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V1 and V2(untied)
  • adidas Y3 Qasa High
  • adidas ZG Boost
  • adidas Pure Boost
  • Nike Flyknit Racer
  • Nike Flyknit Mariah Racer
  • Nike Air Vapormax
  • Nike Janoski and Janoski Max
  • Nike Air Max Zero
  • New Balance 997
  • New Balance 247
  • New Balance 1978
7 - 8

Medium

(43 inch)

Untied

-------

Large

(50 inch)

Tied

  • Nike Air Max 97
  • Nke Air Max 95
  • Nike Air Max 98
  • Nike Air Max Plus (Nike TN)
  • Nike Air Max 1 (Women)
  • Nike Air Max 90 (Women)
  • Nike Air Max LD-Zero
  • Nike Free Runs
  • ASICS Gel Saga
  • ASICS Gel Lyte V
  • ASICS Gel Respector
  • ASICS GT-2
  • ASICS Gel Kayano Trainer
  • adidas ZX Flux
  • adidas Tubular
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V1 and V2
  • New Balance 996
  • New Balance 997
  • New Balance 998
  • New Balance 1500
  • Puma Blaze of Glory

The majority of running shoes will be in this range.

9 -10

Large

(50 inch)

  • Nike Air Presto (though fewer eyelets, these are widely laced)
  • Nike Air Max 1
  • Nike Air Max 90
  • Nike Air Force 1 Lows
  • Nike Dunk Lows
  • Any Nike Air Jordan from the Air Jordan III (untied)
  • adidas Stan Smith (inc Raf Simons)
  • Converse All Stars
  • adidas Superstar
  • adidas Ultraboost (stacking through the primeknit)
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 750
  • ASICS Gel Lyte V
  • Rick Owens Ramones Lows
11 +

X-Large

(63 inch)

  • Nike Air Jordan I
  • Nike Foamposites
  • Nike Dunk Highs
  • Nike Air Force 1 Highs
  • Rick Owens Ramone Highs (no wrap)
  • Any other Air Jordan where you want to tie
  • Most high-top basketball shoes (KDs, LeBrons, Currys, Kyries, Kobes).

 

Most Common Questions

Ultra Boost laces length?

We recommend Medium (43 Inch) laces for Ultraboosts, as this matches the stock lace length. However, for those looking for a smaller bow or to wear untied, Small (36 Inch) would be an ideal option. You can find both these lengths across our most popular styles in our Ultraboost collection

NMD laces length?

The adidas NMD is notorious for having laces which are way too long. We suggest our Small (36 Inch) laces for the best fit, which when threaded loosely will give you a nicely sized bow without all the dangle and mess of the stock laces. You can find NMD laces here in our NMD collection

Most popular Ultra Boost laces?

The best thing about ultraboosts is that they are versatile and look great with both rope laces, and flat laces. We suggest keeping to the lightweight, tech-vibe by using regular aglets. Our favourite laces for ultraboosts are the black/3M flat lacesin Medium (43 Inch).

 

This sizing chart is a guide only and is flexible depending on how you thread your laces. For those you enjoy tight threading, our recommended "untied" versions may be appropriate for tying. For those who enjoy particularly loose threading, a larger length may be more appropriate. It will also depend on the size of the shoe (for example some smaller Ultraboosts would be recommended as 36 inch, but larger ones as 45")

The best way to check a rough appropriate length is to measure the current laces in your shoes.