Porsche Design Sport launches Race Edition Pilot shoe in 2011 collection

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 20, 2011

The Race Edition Pilot is the first made-in-Germany shoe by Porsche Design Sport, a collaboration between adidas and the Porsche Design luxury brand. This product, which is Porsche Design Sport’s most innovative Driving shoe so far, is part of its Spring / Summer 2011 collection. It is manufactured at the adidas shoe production facility in Scheinfeld (Bavaria), which is also the plant that produces football shoes, such as the Copa Mundial and World Cup.

The Race Edition Pilot Shoe takes its inspiration from open-road racing, adding a rounded heel and collar padding for comfort. For platform stability and a smoother ride, the Race Edition Pilot has been given a TPU midsole shell that’s engineered with shock-absorbing adiPRENE.

Meanwhile, low-profile rubber outsole inserts facilitate fluid pedal work. The Pilot’s silhouette is made from premium Italian full-grain aniline leather. Each day, 100 pairs are being produced, making use of components, uppers and soles supplied from Asia. There are 30 production steps in making the shoe.

The most important steps of the process include attaching the insole, lining up the toe, pre-spreading the lasting margin (lower edge of the upper), clipping the side margin and heel, buffing and finely polishing the uppers, cementing the lasting margin and sole, applying and pressing the sole, finishing, and final inspection. The Porsche Design Sport collection was launched in 2006. It aims to combine engineering excellence with an inherent commitment to refined style.

Porsche Design Sport is a partnership between Porsche Design and Adidas. Porsche Design Sport collection, a fusion of engineering excellence and inherent commitment to superb quality style, was introduced in 2006.

The variety of luxury sportswear makes use of the most advanced technologies together with deluxe, exclusive materials, performance-enhanced particulars as well as exceptional craftsmanship. Porsche Design Sport defines a new age of engineered luxury sportswear with its casual yet technical and stylish yet understated look. Adidas is a worldwide developer, designer and marketer of sports footwear, clothing and accessories that aims to be a sports brand leader across the globe.

The Adidas brand belongs to the Adidas Group, a company consisting of brands like TaylorMade Adidas Golf and Reebok. Porsche Design is a signature brand that focuses in particular on technically inspired products. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche founded the brand in 1972 and the products are known for their functional, classic and timeless design.

The wide variety of products consists of accessories, fashion and sports collection, electronic products and a range of fragrances for the classic man. Designed in the Porsche Design Studio located in Zell am See, Austria, these products are sold in the company’s owned stores, high-end department stores, shop-in-shops and exclusive retail outlets.

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Made in Germany: the Race Edition Pilot

Exceptional functionality coupled with a striking design – since 2006, that has been the standard of the Porsche Design Sport Collection, a collaboration between adidas and the Porsche Design luxury brand. As part of its Spring / Summer 2011 collection, Porsche Design Sport is presenting its first made in Germany shoe: the Race Edition Pilot.

The manufacturing of the Race Edition Pilot takes place at the long-established adidas shoe production facility in Scheinfeld (Bavaria), where football shoes, such as the Copa Mundial and World Cup are produced. About a dozen employees are currently entrusted with manufacturing the Race Edition Pilot.

Inspired by open-road racing, the Pilot features a rounded heel and collar padding for comfort. A TPU midsole shell is engineered with shock-absorbing adiPRENE® for platform stability and a smoother ride, while low-profile rubber outsole inserts facilitate fluid pedal work. Supple and lightweight, the Pilot’s elegant silhouette is crafted from premium Italian full-grain aniline leather.

One hundred pairs of Porsche Design Sport’s most innovative Driving shoe to date are currently produced each day, employing components, uppers and soles supplied from Asia. This requires about 30 production steps, of which the following are crucial: attaching the insole, lining up the toe, pre-spreading the lasting margin (lower edge of the upper), clipping the side margin and heel, buffing and finely polishing the uppers, cementing the lasting margin and sole, applying and pressing the sole, finishing, and final inspection.

Porsche Design Sport is a collaboration between the adidas brand and Porsche Design. Launched in 2006, the Porsche Design Sport collection fuses engineering excellence with an inherent commitment to refined style. The range of luxury sportswear utilizes the industry’s most advanced technologies in concert with luxurious, exclusive materials, performance-enhanced details and impeccable craftsmanship. Stylish yet understated, casual yet technical, Porsche Design Sport is defining a new era of engineered luxury sportswear.

adidas is a global designer, developer and marketer of athletic footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the leading sports brand in the world. Brand adidas is part of the adidas Group, a corporation that includes brands such as Reebok and TaylorMade-adidas Golf.

Porsche Design is a luxury brand with particular focus on technically inspired products. The brand was founded in 1972 by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, whose products have ever since stood for functional, timeless and purist design. The product portfolio includes classic men’s accessories, a sport and fashion collection as well as electronic products and a men’s fragrance range. The products are designed in the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See, Austria, and sold worldwide in the company’s own stores, shop-in-shops, high quality department stores and exclusive retail outlets.

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