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AI, 3D printing & sustainability, all in one shoe

Nike’s ISPA-line (‘Improvise, Scavenge, Protect, Adapt’) features innovative shoes, combining 3D printing, artificial intelligence (AI) design and eco-friendly materials. By employing digital tools, wearers can create their own 3D-printed moulds to realize their personal designs.

ISPA Universal shoes are made from bio-based plastic (EVA) foam sourced from sugarcane which then gets moulded and hand-buffed. In using digital tools and AI design, Nike puts the emphasis on limitless design possibilities while minimising physical waste.

NIKE inserts cork insoles for this model and features replaceable parts to extend the product’s recyclable life. The modular system ensures the ability to disassemble and recycle. This concept emphasises the significance of considering the future life cycle of footwear and exploring options for repurposing materials.

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