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More than Just a Trend: Knit Sneakers

They are second to none in terms of their low weight and flexibility and they are extremely adaptable. Knit sneakers have conquered the market with functions galore and equally innovative looks. Today they are featured in many collections - for instance in brands like Project Delray, Skechers, Tamaris, Ara and Berkemann who are exhibiting their portfolios at the forthcoming GDS.

It all started with such technology developments as Flyknit by Nike and Adidas’ Primeknit. They created ultra-light performance sneakers in close cooperation with sports professionals where the knitted material clings to the foot like a second skin while additionally offering the highest flexibility, support and stability possible.

Anything that works so well for sports also increasingly makes inroads into the fashion world – in line with the Athleisure trend that mixes urban looks with Activewear elements. The result is a modern attitude to life rather than a short-lived fashion fad – thanks to ergonomic lines and technical features that are synonymous with both dynamism and special wear comfort.

The sneakers with their textile look therefore appeal to a wide audience and are developed further in numerous collections. After all, the peak in terms of innovation is far from being reached. Right now knit sneakers made of bio-degradable materials are set to conquer the future like the Adidas sneakers made using Biosteel® fibres. Their properties imitate natural silk, they are 15% lighter than conventional synthetic fibres and 100% bio-degradable.

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Project Delray

The sneakers made by Project Delray promise wearers the feeling of a real walk on the beach. Their one-piece shaft has no seams whatsoever to avoid any pressure sores. Their memory-foam inlay sole makes for individual adjustment while the last is designed to support optimal fit on the foot. In terms of fashion, designers attach great importance to balanced colour and material combinations for theses sneakers. This also applies to the knit style range that will be extended further season after season due to its success.

At GDS you can find Project Delray in hall 4 / B 27
To the website of Project Delray

Skechers Flex Appeal-Simply Sweet

Skechers’ Flex Appeal-Simply Sweet is a sporty training shoe combining soft Skech knit mesh with synthetic overlays and decorative seams. The padded inlay sole made of memory foam ensures special wear comfort while the air-mesh panels provide cooling.

At GDS you can find Skechers in hall 4 / G 18
To the website of Skechers
Tamaris T-Collection

Tamaris T-Collection

2017 sees Tamaris launch its first T-Collection with progressive product design. Fashletics by Tamaris is the name of this “staging” of dynamism and performance, which the brand wishes to use to address new target groups. With this in mind, the company currently proposes pastel-shade mesh versions mixed with suede, for example.

At GDS you can find Tamaris in hall 3 / D74/E63
To the website of Tamaris

Ara Fusion4

Comfort shoe specialist Ara introduces the new Ara Fusion4, a sneaker that combines a so-called HiFlex shaft with a newly developed, patented “Dynergie” sole that boasts a lamellar structure oriented towards the various zones of the human sole giving in to the impact in the forefoot and heel area to varying degrees. Also a new development, the multi-zone knitted shaft adapts to the anatomy of the foot giving in the right places while providing stability at the same time.

At GDS you can find Ara in hall 3 / E23/E41
To the website of Ara Innovations

Berkemann ComfortKnit

The Berkemann ComfortKnit line is continued both in the women’s and now also in the men’s line of this manufacturer. The shoes knitted of polyamide filaments in 3D-Airknit technology promise to combine a particularly reduced weight with optimum foot climate plus high skin compatibility. Here, too, various knitting types and constructions make for flexible or rigid zones in the shaft, hence, support or freedom of movement as needed. With the anatomically shaped exchangeable footbed Berkemann has created a comfort shoe, whose shafts are made of fully fashioned knit material by Bauerfeind AG, the manufacturer of medical aids such as compression stockings and bandages.

At GDS you can find Berkemann in hall 3 / A 12
To the website of Berkemann

Text: Nicoletta Schaper