White leather, clean lines, green trim. Why Adidas ceased production on the original Stan Smith back in 2012 is anyone’s guess, but the timeless shoe is making a comeback. On September 4th, this certified classic will be available in a limited release followed by widespread production into 2014.
Most of us just ask, “where’s the hose at?” when our sneakers get dirty. But if you put them in the washing machine they’ll get much cleaner. This mesh polyester bag is made for doing just that. Actually, you can use it in the dryer, too. So stop all that messing around with the hose.
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.