We all know the feeling. Sore, cramped, and sweaty feet are often the symptoms of going for a run. Freeing your feet from their memory foam cages is the best part after finishing a run. Besides being healthy and feeling accomplished, and endorphins… Asics’ Actibreeze 3D hopes to help take care of those uncomfortable feet. The company decided that a 3D-printed sandal was the way to go. You might think they look funny. You’d be right. They’re not hideous. But they’re not overly attractive either.
But the Actibreeze 3Ds aren’t meant to be a fashion statement (we’re sure there’s a team of Asics designers bawling their eyes out right now). They’re designed to alleviate the after-running symptoms your feet feel and keep them fresh for the next one. But that won’t stop you from wearing them around the house, no running required. In fact, they look like they could be rather comfy. Like Crocs that have gone on a diet.
According to Asics’ site, “The Actibreeze 3D sandal is made to help with recovery after your run. It’s formed with a parametrically designed construction that provides zoned comfort and better breathability. Entirely 3D printed, this style also features an extra thick lattice structure that allows your body and feet to relax—allowing you to be ready for your next performance.”
Whether the Actibreeze 3D sandals actually relieve stress on your feet is up to the… shoe scientists? Footwear technicians? Is that what they’re called? Regardless, it makes sense. Giving your feet some air and a place to rest on something other than flat ground should make some kind of difference. Right?
Asics hasn’t disclosed what type of printer it used to make these, nor its printing materials. We’re not sure why. This isn’t the Krabby Patty formula. You can tell us how you made these crazy shoes. We won’t tell anyone.
If you’re interested in getting a pair of these, then you’re out of luck. For now. Asics’ website shows us that they’re out of stock but the company told Engadget that they’d be back on sale in Autumn. That’s around September, for all you Southern Hemisphere folks out there.