Porsche, Puma and Luxcreo team on 3D Mtrx sneakers
Puma is teaming with Porsche Design to create the 3D MTRX sneaker, which is the latest model to be designed with a midsole made by 3D printing. The sneaker marks the first time both brands have used a 3D printer to design a sneaker’s midsole and is yet another confirmation that top-quality consumer products need to at least consider additive manufacturing as a production method.
Additive manufacturing of the midsole section is carried out by Luxcreo. The collaboration between the three companies has resulted in a lightweight shoe that weighs only 405 grams and has withstood over 1 million compression cycles in laboratory testing.
The sneaker’s midsole takes inspiration from Porsche Design by modeling after the brand’s logo. The midsole is also created with a high-end elastic material that’s said to offer better performance and durability compared to foam midsoles, according to Puma.
According to the brands, the sneaker’s sole conserves vertical energy from the wearer, which will help increase its performance. Designed for maximum propulsion during runs, these sneakers don a premium, full-grain leather upper and Puma’s evoKNIT textile lining for a sock-like fit. The upper is also enmeshed with additional carbon fiber details, reminiscent of the marque’s sports cars.
From there, the innovative, lightweight midsole – developed specifically for Porsche Design – promises soft cushioning and high stability all day long. It’s so technical that even the midsole’s lattice design – the matrix – is based on the Porsche Design logo. Its 3D printed grid structure reinforces the natural running motion and ensures up to 83% of the runner’s energy expended can be reused, thus increasing performance.
The 3D Mtrx sneaker is the latest collaboration to come from both brands. Earlier this year Puma unveiled its first collection designed by June Ambrose and teamed with Palomo Spain for a surf-inspired collection. For Porsche, the automobile brand embarked on a multiyear partnership with FaZe Clan and teamed with Patrick Dempsey on an eyewear collection in January.
The Porsche Design 3D Mtrx sneaker comes in a black-and-white colorway and an all-black colorway. The sneakers retail for $430/€359 and are available at Porsche Design stores, its website, and Puma’s website.