Nike is playing catch up for a change. After seeing the success of barefoot runners from competitors like New Balance, Merrell, and Vivo, the mighty Swoosh is jumping into the barefoot game with the Hyperfeel. The ultra-minimalist Flyknit upper uses Flywire for support, but it’s basically a sock with an outsole attached. Or as they say, “a direct extension” of the runner’s foot.
Jason Markk makes sneaker products like cleaners & brushes to keep your kicks looking fresh. He teamed up with London’s foremost sneaker shop Footpatrol to create this limited-edition FP X JM branded cleaning kit. It includes a 4oz. bottle of cleaner & walnut handle brush that feature custom artwork & packaging.
The new Springblade from Adidas is all about energy return. The groundbreaking design features 16 forward-angled blades made of a high-tech elastic polymer that releases energy with every step, propelling the runner forward.
Finally, it seems, after several years of unmitigated shoe-design spazzery, the obscene overuse of fluorescent colors may, just may, be starting to subside. With only a few hits of safety orange, the new Lunar Presto is a great choice for your summer workout. Featuring a cool, all-mesh upper with Flywire in the lacing cage and heel, this shoe is lightweight, supportive and a bit easier on the eyes.
The ELITE Series 2.0 collection is a postseason offering from Nike featuring colorful, updated versions of their flagship basketball shoes: the Kobe 8 System, the LeBron X, & a low-top version of Kevin Durant’s KD V. As you’d expect, these shoes feature advanced materials like Kevlar Aramid, carbon fiber, & articulated foam cushioning but what’s totally unexpected are the colorways. Available April 27.
Puma’s latest running shoe gimmick technology is called Mobium. It’s a finely tuned elasticized band built into the shoe’s outsole that ads extra bounce and stability exactly where and when your foot needs it most. The idea is that the shoe mimics the expansion & contraction of the tendons in your foot, enhancing your natural movements.
Adidas’ Boost cushioning technology is the secret ingredient in their new Energy Boost series running shoes. Boost is an ultralight, super high-rebound TPU foam used in the midsole that gives the shoes the most energy return of any running shoe on the market.
Two of Nike’s most potent proprietary materials: Flyknit & Lunarlon combine to make the virtually seamless Flyknit Lunar1+ one more amazingly light & and comfy runner in the Swoosh lineup. But don’t think it’s all float and no support: it’s also got Flywire in the upper for stability while overall minimalism of materials makes this model 80% less wasteful than the standard Nike runner. Available in February.
The Klitch is a clip that lets you hang your kicks on the outside of your bag and keeps them conveniently paired up for transport from home to the gym to the golf course and everywhere else you need to bring spare footwear.
In a world that welcomed fur-lined Crocs and 50 different styles of “toe sneakers” with open arms, this bizarre new release from Reebok, called the ATV 19+ is sure to be a hit. Featuring a monster-truck style tread with 19 bulbous “nodes”, they’re designed to provide stability on uneven terrain, like trail running or maybe walking on the moon. While the response to the ATV 19+ from shoe fiends and experts is divided, Reebok finally made a shoe that got people talking. Available February 1.