Reebok Unveils Sleek New Space Boots for Future Astronauts

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Reebok has designed new-and-improved space boots for crewmembers on future missions to the International Space Station. (Image credit: Courtesy of Digital Trends)

Reebok is really stepping up its footwear game with these awesome new space boots. 

The athletic-apparel company — which until now has only made shoes for people on Earth — just unveiled a sporty new design for space boots that astronauts will wear during upcoming missions on Boeing's CST-100 Starliner, a spacecraft that will begin ferrying astronauts to and from the International Space Station by the end of next year. 

These blue-and-white ombré boots nicely complement the blue spacesuits Boeing revealed in January. Both the boots and the suits are more lightweight, flexible and comfortable than the bulky, traditional spacesuits worn by astronauts today. [Photos: Meet the 'Boeing Blue' Spacesuit for Starliner Capsule]

Dan Hobson, vice president of innovation at Reebok, spoke with Digital Trends about how and why the company came up with its futuristic space boot design.

Floatride SB-01 space boots by Reebok. (Image credit: Courtesy of Digital Trends)

"Space travel is something our team has always been interested in, so we called the David Clark Company (DCC), and that's how it started," Hobson told Digital Trends. DCC is the same manufacturing company that designed Boeing's blue spacesuits. It also made pressurized spacesuits for crewmembers participating in NASA's Gemini program and space shuttle missions. 

Rather than looking to traditional, clunky moon boots for inspiration, Reebok and DCC modeled their new space boot after Reebok's Floatride Run athletic shoes, which contain ultralight foam that adds comfort without adding too much weight to the midsole. "On the space boot, the rubber traction, the float foam and the stabilizing foam that sits above the float foam are identical to the Floatride Run, so the feel underfoot will feel very similar," Hobson explained. Reebok named its new boot the Floatride SB-01.

Much like Boeing's Starliner spacesuits, the boots are designed to fit every individual astronaut like a glove. "The inside uses a special mesh that stretches to a certain point, then locks out when the suit inflates, which allows the boot to always fit comfortably," Hobson said. 

With their matching boots and spacesuits, astronauts will be riding in style on Boeing's future flights to the space station. But more importantly, the new apparel will help make spaceflight more comfortable for astronauts than ever before.

You can see Digital Trends' full interview with Hobson here.

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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.