Ocean-cleaning initiative Parley have worked together with adidas since 2015 to simultaneously rid waterways of plastic and reintroduce it as recycled materials in the Three Stripes’ products. The latest iteration of this admirable scheme is a collaborative edition of the new-gen 4DFWD. As its name suggests, it’s the latest advancement of adi’s 4D sole technology.
Starting from the soles, the familiar lattice structure of the midsole has been beefed up across the entire length of the sole, which is particularly prevalent in the heel. This extra material has been added for more cushioning and propulsion than the previous iteration of 4D. After all, this is a performance running technology that adidas have spent years honing.
The Parley influence is more obvious up top. While the regular 4DFWD uses a recycled Primeknit upper, Parley’s signature ribbed teal stitching runs as parallel stripes along the length of the upper. This sits atop a tight mesh base which, according to the tongue label, is partially made using the material comprising discarded fishing nets. And if there are any doubts about the origins of this shoe’s components, it appears there’s a QR code printed into the Parley-branded insoles; presumably this is for curious sneakerheads to find out the journey the shoes have gone on before reaching shelves.,
Expect to see the Parley x adidas 4DFWD release later this year.