Adidas Futurecraft 4D Review

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Editor’s Conclusion
The Futurecraft 4D was the very first 3D printed design from Adidas, and it was also one of the very first to hit the market. Since it’s release, there have been a few more 3D printed designs from Adidas, but Futurecraft continues to be a fan favorite.

What makes this design unique is the 3D printed skeletal frame that boosts durability and puts a spring in your step. It has a soft and lightweight upper that is insanely breathable and treads meant to really grip sidewalks and city streets.

It’s important to note that this shoe packs quite a price tag. However, as time marches on and the art of 3D printed becomes more streamlined in shoe production, you are likely to see this price tag drop.

If you love investing in new tech, the Adidas Futurecraft 4D is certainly worth checking out. It has an eye-catching style that is likely to get you a few looks at the gym, and it is incredibly comfortable as well.
Adidas Futurecraft 4D Review Review Facts
Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Breathable material

Perfect for slippery surfaces

Easy to pull on and off

Excellent energy return

Cons

Very expensive

Not offered in half sizes

Narrow midsole

Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

Like most Adidas outsoles, this design uses their Continental tech for the outsole of this model. This material means you have a good grip on slick surfaces. It also makes it an ideal shoe for long-distance running.

It has very shallow traction that prevents pebbles from getting stuck in the treads of your shoe. This design is necessary to prevent debris from getting caught in the open skeletal frame of the 3D printed sole.

The skeletal frame gives you a bit of bounce in the heel to absorb some of the impacts on your joints, and the frame is more closely spaced in the toe box for a sturdy launch.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Adidas Futurecraft 4D fits on your foot like a sock. If you need a more rigid cage for your foot, this won’t give you the support that you need.

However, the fit of the upper hugs your foot to lend excellent flexibility throughout your entire gait.

It is also worth noting that the midsole does not offer a lot of extra cushioning as well. The soft materials used for the upper lend a bit of comfort, but there isn’t any foam padding that lies between your foot and the 3D printed sole.

Where the midsole lacks in comfort and support, it makes up for this with its superior flexibility. The materials used never feel stiff, which is an ideal feature for long rides on hard surfaces.
Upper
Upper

Upper

Using a Primeknit upper, this material is made to hug your foot comfortably. It's incredibly lightweight and allows your foot to breathe. It offers simple shoelaces that cover a breathable and lightweight faux tongue.

The heel does not add any additional support, which means there are no points of contact that rub your heel raw. It does, however, offer a long lip on the end of the heel that is used to help easily pull your sneakers on and off.

The upper does not offer a lot of structure, but it provides users with a lot of flexibility. Plus, the construction of the Primeknit helps to keep your feet cool and dry even on those hot days.
Weight
Weight

Weight

With a minimalistic upper and a skeletal frame of a sole, the weight on this design is quite manageable. While most soles are composed of materials such as rubber and foam, this design uses resin to compose the frame.

The shoe weighs in at 11.8 ounces. When compared to other shoes out there on the market, this option is just slightly heavier than most. However, with an easy and lightweight upper, you won’t notice the little extra weight in the sole.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

What we love about this design is that the upper is made to breathe. It has vents on the top of the toe box that is slightly wider than most styles out there on the market. The holes are so large, in fact, that the color of your socks is noticeable while you wear them.

The minimalistic shoe design of the upper also helps to promote airflow to your foot. It lacks rigid surfaces on the heel or midsole that often work to hold in the heat against your foot.

With this design, your foot is free to move and the breathable upper keeps it incredibly dry as you move.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

With a breathable Primefit upper and the bounce from the 3D printed sole, this design makes for a very comfortable ride. However, there are a few points in the design where it isn’t as comfortable as you expect.

The midsole of the Adidas Futurecraft 4D doesn’t offer the users any support, and there is nothing between your foot and the sole for the exception of a thin (yet breathable) sock liner. Limited padding on the heel may cause your foot to tire over time.

While it is incredibly flexible, it is a little lacking on foam padding that serves to cradle and support your foot.
Durability
Durability

Durability

One of the greatest advantages of a 3D printed sole lies in its durability. Most running shoes die when the glue that holds all of the pieces together starts to fade. If you eliminate the need to glue pieces together, you create something that is built to last.

By 3D printing a sole, it means that it will last for hundreds of miles without skipping a beat. As with any Adidas running shoes, the Primeknit upper is composed of quality materials that hold up well over time.
Protection
Protection

Protection

When it comes to urban running shoes, protection isn’t much of an issue. When you take this shoe around the block, you don’t need to worry about tripping over tree roots or uneven soil.

The mesh upper fits to your foot like a sock without proving a lot of protection in the heel, toe, or midsole. While it is incredibly breathable and flexible, it is lacking in the protection department.

However, the build of this urban shoe means that you are restricted to flat and even surfaces such as treadmills and running on sidewalks in the city.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The resin used for this 3D printed sole provides the users with a lot of feedback and energy, but the energy return isn’t as responsive as those made from rubber. When you put weight down on the heel of this sole, it visually bends under the weight.

The skeletal frame has holes that are widely spaced at the heel that spring back when you land on your heel. These holes in the sole are tightly spaced at the toe to ensure a secure and steady launch.

The responsiveness to this design is unlike anything that you have worn before because it is made from a material that is still relatively new to the market.
Support
Support

Support

Mobility is the name of the game when it comes to the Adidas Futurecraft 4D. This means that the upper of this design lends little support to your foot. The midsole has very little padding, and it is equipped with nothing but a soft and breathable sock liner.

The heel also offers very little support as well. The back of this shoe is constructed from a soft Primeknit mesh with no support. While it doesn’t support your heel, it also does not rub against your Achilles that often cause irritation.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

This shoe is designed to only be used on urban surfaces such as sidewalks and treadmills. It has very little support in the midsole and heels which is needed for uneven trail running.

The flexibility and breathability of this design make it perfect for long-distance running on paved surfaces. The feedback from the 3D printed sole absorbs a lot of the impact from the ground, which is kind to your joints.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The soles of the Futurecraft 4D are designed to grip flat surfaces. Flat surfaces are notorious for being slippery, and the Continental sole is made to really grip slick surfaces. Rain or shine, these shoes are perfect for urban running.

It is important to note that they have no tread whatsoever. The reason for this is due to the hollow nature of the sole. It prevents dirt and debris from getting stuck in the skeletal frame of the 3D printed sole.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Resin isn’t as flexible as materials such as rubber or foam, but this design is still made to move with your natural gait. The lightweight Primeknit upper hugs your foot like a second sock and will not limit your full range of motion.

While it isn’t the most flexible design out there on the market, it isn’t something that feels still or will hold you back.
Stability
Stability

Stability

What we love about the 3D printed sole is that it provides rigid stability where you need it most. The sole has a lot of springiness in the heel when you land, and it is stiffer near the toe box. This design gives you the stability you need to push off with confidence while offering a spongy landing.

The fit of the upper in conjunction with the shoelaces hugs your foot, offering a heightened sense of stability. The heel is lightweight and soft, which prevents it from rubbing up against your heel.
Style
Style

Style

When compared to other 3D models in the Adidas line, this design continues to be a fan favorite. It has a simple knit design that sports the classic Adidas lines on the side of the foot. The faux tongue hosts a small Adidas brand logo as well.

While the upper is simple and classic, the real draw of this shoe is the 3D printed sole. The skeletal frame is unlike anything else out there on the market, and it is bound to get a few looks while out on the roads or at the gym.

This is a shoe that you don’t see every day. It is offered in limited quantities due to the difficulty of manufacturing. Taking these shoes on a run on the sidewalk is something that fellow runners will truly notice.
Drop
Drop

Drop

We were unable to find a definitive answer on the drop for the Futurecraft 4D. However, the 3D printed sole of this design is very similar to the Alphaedge 4D, which boasts a 10 mm drop.

A 10 mm drop is similar to most standard running shoes out there on the market. While this design sets out to do things a little bit differently in terms of design, you can expect a standard drop with this option.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

Resin 3D printed sole
Continental sole is ideal for slick surfaces
Breathable Primeknit upper
Open skeletal frame
Unique design
Price
Price

Price

3D printed soles are a relatively new technology for the production of shoes. This means that the price tag of this design is incredibly expensive when compared to other running shoes. In fact, the Futurecraft 4D is one of the most expensive designs in the Adidas line.

The reason the price point is so high is due to the fact that these shoes are offered in limited supply. The production of 3D printed soles is a process that takes much more time than molded soles. Limited quantity raises the demand, and the higher demand raises the price point.

The good news is that as time marches on and this technology becomes more standard in the production of running shoes, the price is likely to drop. If you can’t afford them now, you may be able to afford them in the near future!
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

It is important to note that these shoes are not offered in half sizes. If your foot lies in a half size, it is recommended to buy a size up because the midsole proves to fit a little snug.

In Adidas’ line of 3D printed shoes, the Futurecraft 4D seems to be the fan-favorite of the lot. We will admit that it boasts a price tag that is likely to knock your sock off, but if you are an early adopter in new tech, it is well worth the price point.

If you want a shoe that makes you stand out from the pack while offering stability and movement, this is an excellent model that will keep up with you for hundreds of miles.