Asics, a Japanese multinational corporation producing apparel, footwear and sports equipment, has recently announced the creation of Chameleoid Mesh, a textile that can change colour and protect feet during sports activities, in a partnership with Toray Industries Inc. – a company that specializes in making industrial products in organic synthetic chemistry to be used in Asics’s new running shoe, the Gel-Quantum 360TM, which will debut in June, and in other Asics Tiger shoes.
The new textile created, Chameleoid Mesh can control the degree of elasticity along the length and breadth of the foot with better flexibility lengthwise and a structure designed to follow the foot’s form during workouts, providing a comfortable fit. Even after much wear and tear, Chameleoid Mesh has excellent memory and stays in sync with foot shape.
The colour changing property of the textile is created by using textile technology that controls the placement of microscopic threads and allows many colour combinations depending on the angle of view. Breathability is established by the shoe’s mesh structure, which allows inside moisture and heat to be released. Extremely durable textiles minimizes the amount of fibres used and provides a light weight material. A comfortable fit is produced from the new fabric, which controls the mesh elasticity in longitudinal and width directions while staying faithful to foot form changes.
“By analysing in detail the changes in running and walking foot form, we were able to construct and develop materials that follow the form of the foot,” said Kenta Moriyasu, Function Development Team Manager for Asics Footwear, adding, “The textile offers excellent breathability and a comfortable fit, and we think our customers will consider it fashionable as well.”