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Adidas May Have Solved The Problem Of Uncomfortable Shoes

These 3D-printed kicks are molded to perfectly fit the wearer's foot.

Shoe shopping can feel like a series of compromises. "This pinches a little, but maybe that's okay." "It's a little roomy in the toe." "If only adults could still wear velcro."

Adidas is working on a solution.

The company on Wednesday unveiled "Futurecraft 3D," an experimental initiative intended to perfect the midsole -- that main, bottom part of your shoe that provides cushioning and support. 

"Imagine walking into an Adidas store, running briefly on a treadmill and instantly getting a 3D-printed running shoe -- this is the ambition of the Adidas 3D-printed midsole," the company said in a press release.

Like Lexus' cardboard car, this is really more of a marketing concept than something that you'll feasibly be able to enjoy yourself in the near future. But Adidas, which partnered with 3D-printing company Materialise to create the experimental kicks, does appear to hope this is the start of something real.

"Futurecraft 3D is a prototype and a statement of intent," Eric Liedtke, head of global brands at Adidas, said in the press release.

Take a look at the shoe below:

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