Lightweight yet supportive. Cushy yet durable. That’s pretty much the deal with Nike’s multi-sport Free Trainer 5.0 V6. It features a mesh upper with no-sew overlays & a ¾-length sockliner bootie for seamless comfort. Its waffle outsole provides support & flexibility with the help of a Phylite midsole.
Drawing inspiration and details directly from the iconic Jordan III, Nike’s new Jordan Eclipse features a lightweight, deconstructed textile upper & a low-profile injected midsole with a Zoom Air capsule embedded in the heel for cushioning. A big, bold Jumpman logo on the heel counter makes it clear you’ve got J’s on your feet.
A designer named Tinker Hatfield is the man behind Nike’s original Air Max released back in ’87. But that enduring design was not the only one Tinker submitted. This is. It’s the 2015 Air Max Zero—initially rejected by Nike it has now surfaced after lying dormant for almost 30 years.
The MetCon 1 is Nike’s newest offering in the training category. It features a dual-density sole & firm heel to handle the demands of weight-lifting. The upper is constructed with abrasion-resistant breathable mesh & features rubber in the mid-foot that wraps from the outsole onto the upper to protect from abrasion indicative of rope work.
Adidas Energy Boost technology utilizes a thermoplastic polyurethane foam—a material that outperforms EVA foam in energy return, cushioning and durability. And now 2 years after introducing this proprietary foam, Adidas has improved it & unleashed the Ultra Boost, which features a new, improved Boost formula that now delivers even more energy return within the same size sole.
With the release of the Skate Free, Nike finally brings their ubiquitous FreeSole technology to a skateboard shoe. It looks like a run-of-the-mill skate shoe but delivers the proven lightweight comfort that fans of the FreeeSole know & love plus it offers improved natural motion for better board control.
Enko has created a next-generation runner with mechanical, impact-absorbing shocks. The interchangeable shocks are adapted to the wearer’s weight and switch between walking & running mode for comfort when you’re walking & supportive joint protection while running. Available via Indigogo crowdsourcing February 2015. via
Even though it’s an SB, it’s clearly not a Nike skateboard shoe. The Lunar One Shot is part of Nike SB’s “Rest & Recuperation” line which means it’s perfect for all the non-skaters who want the cushy, lightweight feel of a Lunarlon midsole & a full mesh upper but don’t want the look of an off-duty jogger.
10 years ago Nike unveiled Free Technology, another in a long list of gamechangers for the brand that resulted in lighter & more flexible kicks for all types of sports & training. To celebrate this decade of domination, they created a monochromatic black collection that includes the Free 5.0, the Free Run 2, the Free 5.0 OG, the Air Presto, the Sock Racer, & that handsome & beloved classic, the Air Rift.
Two of Nike’s most iconic outsoles have been combined into one. The enduring 1987 classic Air Max sole with the visible airbag has been fused with the revolutionary Lunarlon sole which debuted in 2008. This is the new hybrid, the Air Max Lunar1, featuring a lightweight, cushy ride and a smooth, no-sew upper. Photo credit.