Sports brand Reebok has released a space boot designed specifically for astronauts taking part in an upcoming voyage to the International Space Station, reports design news site Dezeen.
The Floatride Space Boot SB-01 has been developed in collaboration with aerospace equipment experts David Clark Company, which is also producing the spacesuits for the mission. According to Reebok, the shoe marks the first design change to astronauts’ footwear in over 50 years.
The zip-up shell of the boot is made from a fire-resistant polymer named Nomex. Inside, a stretchy, adaptable mesh allows the astronaut a full range of movement while keeping the shoe securely on their foot in a weightless atmosphere.
Reebok has also implemented its proprietary Floatride foam into the space boot, giving lightweight cushioning to the sole.
“Weight is a huge factor in space travel with just a single pound having big financial implications,” said Matt Montross, from Reebok Innovation. “Traditional space boots were made of rigid leather with firm soles and were not integrated into the actual space suit.”
More photos and information about how the technology is also being used in consumer lines on Dezeen.