Adidas 4DFWD: Data-driven 3D printing comes to your daily run!

August 5, 2021

Adidas Running have introduced the latest iteration of adidas 4DFWD, which the brand positions as the next step in data-driven 3D printed midsole technology, designed to move you forward.

For over four years, adidas has developed 4D lattice midsole technology in partnership with Carbon, combining athlete data and Carbon’s Digital Light Synthesis technology to produce precision tuned 3D printed midsoles. adidas 4D footwear is amongst the first in the world to use this cutting-edge technology which offers the ability to fine tune midsoles to specific patterns of movement, so that athletes can enjoy precision performance with every step. Identified from one of five million possible lattice structures, the 4DFWD is made with nature. The midsole consists of 40% natural and renewable materials with the intent to help end plastic waste.

The unique 4DFWD cell geometry is coded to compress in one direction only: forward.  When a foot impacts the ground, it applies braking forces. 4DFWD reduces these forces by redirecting the impact into forward motion. With every step the 4DFWD midsole shears forward, providing a smooth transition and gliding experience

To mark the shoe’s release, adidas is also launching the ‘Take It Forward’ Challenge – a new three-week holistic training plan in the adidas Running app that invites consumers to complete 30km between August 10-31 either through running, walking or treadmill. The challenge will go live on the adidas Running app on August 12.

Also launching today exclusively for Creators Club members is the new adidas 4DFWD Pulse, which combines 4D and EVA technology to ensure a soft landing with every step. Perfectly printed and precisely positioned, the shoe is coded for a smooth run with the 4DFWD heel angled to increase impact absorption, working together with the EVA midsole. This unique design translates into a smooth heel transition at the moment of touchdown. The three-layered mesh upper in the 4DFWD Pulse has been engineered for seamless stretchable support for lateral and linear movement, combined with the outsole designed to work in harmony with the midsole, providing traction as you run.

adidas 4DFWD and adidas 4DFWD Pulse launch today with early access for Creators Club members and globally from August 12th via the adidas app, and selected retailers.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: