Even space boots can’t escape a fitness makeover.
Reebok announced Tuesday that it has applied its Floatride Foam technology to create an extremely lightweight space boot. The Reebok Floatride Space Boot SB-01 is being tested by astronauts now and is the first evolution in space footwear in over 50 years.
The fitness footwear brand, in partnership with David Clark Company, developed the boot providing lightweight protection and support while optimizing comfort and performance. The boot has been exclusively designed to accompany the final space suit which will shuttle astronauts to and from the International Space Station in Boeing’s new vessel, the CST-100 Starliner.
“Weight is a huge factor in space travel with just a single pound having big financial implications. Traditional space boots were made of rigid leather with firm soles and were not integrated into the actual space suit,” said Matt Montross, from Reebok Innovation. “Reebok Floatride Foam introduced three revolutionary elements to the space boot; it decreased the overall weight significantly, it brought the added comfort in a space boot and support that you would expect in a running shoe and it delivered a new level of sleekness and style.”
Reebok debuted Floatride Foam technology for Earth-bound athletes in April with the launch of the Floatride Run. In 2018, the company will follow up with the Floatride Racer designed with a featherlight midsole and single layer engineered mess upper for advance speed and function.