Adidas is launching another more sustainable version of the Stan Smith sneaker: the Stan Smith Mylo is Adidas’ first shoe to use material derived from fungi. According to the sporting goods company, Mylo is made from mycelium, the underground root network of fungi, in a growth process that takes less than two weeks.
Stan Smith Mylo in the making
Last year, the company already released the Stan Smith with Primegreen, whose upper is made of 50% recycled materials.
“With the introduction of the new Mylo material, we are a big step closer to our goal of putting an end to plastic waste,” says Amy Jones Vaterlaus, Global Head of Future at Adidas.
Stan Smith Mylo ‘leather’ palette: from fungi to the final material upper
The new concept was made possible through a collaboration with Bolt Threads, a biotechnology company dedicated to developing advanced next-generation materials. “By using Mylo in the upper of its iconic Stan Smith shoe, Adidas is showing the great potential of this innovative material,” says Jamie Bainbridge, VP of Product at Bolt Threads.
Some of Stan Smith Mylo’s product ingredients
Mylo is said to excel in versatility and can be dyed, finished or embossed as desired. That said, the first model chosen to use the novel material was the rather plain Stan Smith. The outer layer of the upper, the perforated 3-Stripes, the heel tab as well as the branding of the shoe are made of Mylo. The midsole was made from natural rubber.