Organic, 'living' shoes for running? They're more likely than you think

The self-repairing shoe bio-synthetic shoe, shaped to fit you like a second skin, also happens to be 3D-printed

Shamees Aden, a designer and researcher from London, unveiled a shoe prototype that will make your best kicks looks like a plaything at the recently held Wearable Futures conference.

Developed with help from Martin Hanczyc, a professor from University of Southern Denmark, they have created a 3D printed shoe, made from a synthetic biological material that can repair itself overnight.

Blast it man, these shoes are alive!

The shoes are made from non-living protocells that can be combined to make living micro-organisms. Thanks to 3D printing, the shoes aren't just designed to fit the user's feet like a second skin, providing the needed extra cushioning throughout their run.

Aden told Dezeen that the cells will inflate and deflate in response to pressure, supporting runners while they run on different surfaces. After each run, the shoes will then be placed in a jar full of living liquid protocells, rejuvenating them for the next excursion.

While the shoe is by no means ready for prime time as of today, we could see them on sale as early as 2050.

[Source: The Verge, Dezeen]

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