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Used auto airbags turned into shoes

Reebok and Kanghyuk fashions repurpose airbag material

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Ever wonder what happens to automotive airbags after they give up their lives to save vehicle occupants in a collision? At least some of them are being recycled into shoes.

Reebok and clothing producer Kanghyuk’s “Collection 8” are turning spent airbags into shoes, launching the Reebok x Kanghyuk Zig Kinetica line with a limited run of 50 pairs available exclusively at the Dover Street Market in London, England.

The project is part of an “Advanced Concepts” of handmade products that was conceived by Sanglak Shon while in graduate school. The project debuted in 2019 with the Sole Fury clothing line of clothing also produced from used automotive airbags.

The upper part of the new shoes is made from material left over from Kanghyuk’s ready-to-wear airbag clothing collection. 

“Similarly to existing versions of the Zig Kinetica, these shoes feature the silhouette’s signature three-part energy-return system,” according to the announcement. “The distinctive zigzag-shaped sole captures and returns the kinetic energy of every step.”

The shoes are available in black or white with unisex sizing. Each pair of the initial run is priced at £250 ($330).

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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