Sports brand Puma has based its latest Disc trainer on a fabric-covered concept car released by BMW.
Puma teamed up with Munich studio Designworks – a BMW Group subsidiary – to create the shoe, which features a single piece of silver covering that wraps around the foot “like a second skin”.
The trainer is based on BMW’s Gina Light Visionary Model, which was unveiled in 2008. The concept car featured flexible fabric stretched over an articulated steel frame, which allowed the vehicle to change shape and conceal features such as headlights when not in use.
The Designworks team adapted the lightweight Gina material used in the car, making it more breathable and durable for the shoe. A pattern of laser-cut holes across the front of the trainer provide extra ventilation, and the shape of the sole was inspired by the gears of a car engine.
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