For the Danish shoemaker ECCO, its new BIOM INFINITE sneaker is a project that’s been in the works since the launch of the original Biom project from 2009. The BIOM INFINITE is an evolution of the biomechanical optimization technology that opts for comfort and performance, taking this technology to the next level.
Spearheaded by its innovation hub, ECCO Labs, the BIOM INFINITE takes a radical approach to shoe design. It’s not a regular insole you’ll find in these shoes, but a 3D printed silicone sole that’s adapted to your needs, whether you’re looking for a foot companion on your urban exploration, a comfortable shoe for your daily jogs or a durable option for hardcore runs.
Patrizio Carlucci, the head of ECCO’s innovation Lab, exclusively told Culted: “It took around a year for the product to be developed and designed. The research behind the technology is five [or] six years old,” which includes “the wearable sensors, 3D printing, documentation, [and] biomechanics.” Every single aspect of the BIOM INFINITE has been meticulously thought through, tried and tested. The result is a shoe that has a fully recycled knitted upper from textile innovators BYBORRE bonded by perforated leather both for comfort and stability.
The whole project was designed digitally, working with 3D designs and, of course, a whole lot of 3D-printed prototypes. When it comes to such an innovative, technologically-informed shoe, it isn’t “really bound to marketing-related issues that other mainline products may have,” per Carlucci. Although the shoe prioritises comfort and innovation, that doesn’t mean the design aspect of it was completely forgotten about.
Coming in three colourways – neon orange, black and white – the aesthetics let themselves be guided by the technical aspects of the shoe. “Form follows function,” Carlucci adds. “All these design features have been reinterpreted [from our first product] some with modern lines and modern curves. There is a function behind all of that.” For example, the external curved lines spotted on the shoe aren’t just a visual stimulus, but rather acts as a stabilising cage.
For ECCO, being a Danish born and bred brand, it was important that the BIOM INFINITE was to be created in Denmark, highlighting local talents. Panos Mytaros, ECCO’s CEO, states “We are immensely proud to use our local development and manufacturing capability. For a complex product as the INFINITE, the short distances allowed the teams to work more efficiently and sustainably.”
The BIOM INFINITE launches today on ECCO Labs’ website, with three different cores and three different colourways. With all the hard work done, it’s now all in the hands of the customer to choose what fits them and their lifestyle best, because whatever the answer is, the BIOM INFINITE is here to serve.
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