It appears that Nike’s senior footwear designer Mark Miner spends more time at the hair salon and tattoo parlor than he does jogging but there’s no denying his Free outsole and shoe designs are hot stuff. The latest collection debuts April 5th featuring three new running shoes all built around concepts of natural motion. Watch the video.
Before Michael Jordan re-invented the game of basketball and permanently stamped the Nike swoosh into pop culture, he was a UNC Tarheel who carried the team to a national championship in a pair of size 13 Converse in 1982. To commemorate this 30-year milestone, Nike, (which owns Converse) is releasing an ultra-limited edition package that includes a signed pair of leather Converse LTDs, and a number 23 UNC jersey. 100% of the proceeds of this collabo kit go to the James R. Jordan Foundation. Auction ends April 6.
Adidas has no problem at all designing world-class athletic shoes. This new Climacool runner is a great example of their advances in ultra-lightweight and comfort engineering. With an all mesh upper it’s cool, with its AdiWear outsole it’s durable. But the name… Seduction? Really? Guys, are you feeling seduced by this shoe or are you supposed to seduce it? Actually, don’t answer that.
Nike employs legions of engineers and technicians all tasked with creating the next big gimmick that will sell millions of kicks. Who would’ve thought knitting would be the key to their latest release? Flyknit Technology uses knit and yarn structures to reduce materials in the upper leaving only the essentials to create a “there’s nothing there” feeling. The Flyknit Trainer+ weighs in at 7.7oz. and the world’s best marathoners are planning to wear them in the Olympics this summer in London. Could this mean gold for them and Nike? We’ll see.
Nike could put just about anything on top of their Free outsole and people will come running. And why not? They’re all so light and floaty. The Huarache Free Run Stealth is another hit on this popular platform. It features a leather, mesh, & neoprene upper that balances support and breathability nicely while the tonal gray coloring with poppy blue hits will make it a standout on your local loop. Available Spring 2012. Source
Before it was co-opted by B-Boys and B-Girls as the breakdancer’s shoe of choice, Nike’s 1972 jump-off, the Cortez, made a name for itself as one of the era’s best running shoes. Now, the slim, classic silhouette is back again in a nylon fabrication and a whole rainbow of colorways. Go get some. Source
Unlike running shoes, tennis shoes need to be seriously sturdy. The demands of high-speed stop and start lateral motion deem it absolutely necessary. Leave it to Nike to be the ones who figure out how to engineer the comfort and lightness of a Zoom runner with the beefy support of a performance tennie. They did it. It’s called the Zoom Vapor 9 Tour and Swiss ace Roger Federer helped design them.
All the shoe brands are telling us that our bodies want a lower profile, more bio-mechanically correct running shoe. And they’ve all jumped in & started making them. Skora is an emerging brand from Portland, Oregon that is putting all their eggs in this basket and will soon unveil the results of their years of research and development.
What do you get for the guy who has everything? More sneakers, of course. Thankfully this holiday edition Converse Star Classic isn’t available in red or green, just black leather. If your little elf knows your size, this is an impossible-to-screw-up gift and we all like getting those.
If you’re a year-round runner, these short-ass Autumn (and soon winter) days mean there’s no avoiding the perilous act of “night jogging.” To help keep you from being the next vehicular victim, Nike is releasing a collection of reflective, high-visibility runners. All the popular models. Very bright idea.